Milwaukee Rye Bread

I found this in an inherited recipe box dated 1936. It originally called for 2 tablespoons fat, but I have substituted margarine or shortening with good results. I do not recommended making this recipe in a bread machine. If necessary, one tablespoon of active dry yeast can be substituted for the compressed yeast in this recipe.

Original recipe makes 3 – 9×5 inch loaves


4 potatoes – peeled, boiled and mashed
3/4 cup cornmeal
3 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
6 cups rye flour
2 cups whole wheat flour

  • PREP

    30 mins

  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins


    3 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a small saucepan, cover peeled potatoes with water. Bring water to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash; let cool. In a separate sauce pan, stir the cornmeal into the 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in salt, sugar and shortening. Let cool to lukewarm.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add cooled cornmeal mixture and 2 cups of the cooled mashed potatoes. Stir in the rye flour and whole wheat flour 1 cup at a time; beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into three lightly greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.


Calories: 181 kcal
Carbohydrates: 37.7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 1.8 g
Fiber: 5.9 g
Protein: 4.4 g
Sodium: 440 mg