1946 Cornell Health Bread

Kathie Carr


Grandma clipped this recipe from a newspaper back in the 1950's. According to the article, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey asked Dr. Clive McCay, a Cornell professor, to develop a healthy bread for patients at state mental hospitals who would not eat much except white bread and were suffering from malnutrition.

This is the recipe he came up with. Its a good home made bread recipe and is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

This is a great recipe for picky kids who will eat toast and sandwiches.


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2 loaves
2 Hr 30 Min
30 Min


1 pkg
active dry yeast
1 1/2 c
warm water (110 to115 degrees)
1/2 c
scalded milk
3 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
butter, softened
2 tsp
6 Tbsp
soy flour
6 Tbsp
non-fat dry milk powder
2 Tbsp
wheat germ
1/2 c
unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds, optional
5 c
sifted, unbleached all purpose flour (divided)


1NOTE: Sunflower seeds are a nice addition to this bread if you like them. They add nutrition and a little texture. However, many kids won't eat the bread with them in it. Use your judgement on whether to add them.
2Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.

Mix hot scalded milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a small bowl. Cool to lukewarm (important!) and then mix with yeast mixture.
3Mix in soy flour, dry milk, wheat germ, and 3 cups flour. If using sunflower seeds add now. Mix well. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time to make a firm but workable dough. You may not need all the flour.

On a floured board knead dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Use as little extra flour as possible while kneading.
4Shape dough into a ball and place in a well buttered bowl. Turn dough to get butter on all sides. cover bowl with a towel and sit in a warm spot to rise.

Let rise about 1 hour until double in bulk. While dough is rising prepare 2 loaf pans (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches) by greasing well.

Punch dough down and let rest for 5 minutes. Knead for about 2 minutes.

Shape into 2 loaves and place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise for 50-60 minutes until doubled again.
5A few minutes before bread is ready to bake preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake loaves for 30-35 minutes. Bread should be nicely browned and sound hollow when tapped on top. Remove from oven and remove from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

About 1946 Cornell Health Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads, Other Breads
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy