World War I Era White Bread Recipe

Loaf of bread on chopping board, close-up
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Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
91 Calories
2g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 475mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

During World War I, food conservation was a top priority for every homemaker in the United States. Sugar and wheat supplies were desperately needed by our allies in Europe and homemakers were encouraged to use less wheat and little to no sugar to make their bread. Corn syrup was used in place of sugar and shortening was used in place of fat during this time. This basic recipe for war bread gives modern measurements. The compressed yeast is replaced with active dry yeast. This recipe makes a very simple loaf of white bread.


  • 1 cup hot tap water
  • 1/2 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups of bread flour

Steps to Make It

  1. In large bowl, add hot tap water, shortening, and corn syrup. Stir until corn syrup is dissolved. Let water cool to lukewarm so that the yeast will not be killed off by the hot water.

  2. Stir in yeast and salt.

  3. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough.

  4. Knead dough for about 8 minutes.

  5. Put dough in greased bowl and turn dough over so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.

  6. Punch down dough with your fist. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 5 minute.

  7. Form dough into 1 loaf. Put into greased 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5-inch bread pan. Cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

  8. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  9. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack.