Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sally Lunn Bread

As a girl I enjoyed reading all of the American Girl book series. It is hard to say which was my favorite, but looking back I think it was Felicity. Reading her book series brought the colonial era to life in my imagination. When I was around 10 years old my family visited colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, which definitely increased my enthusiasm for the 18th century. 

Last week my mom returned my copy of Felicity's Cookbook. I had loaned the book to her a while back and forgotten all about it. It was fun to review the recipes and historical facts sprinkled throughout. When I saw the recipe for Sally Lunn bread I thought that it was a recipe I should try soon. I remember eating a turkey sandwich made with Sally Lunn bread when we visited Williamsburg. The bread was so delicious and unique.
My one setback was that the recipe suggested using a tube pan/angel food cake pan. At the time I did not have a tube pan and was not willing to purchase a new pan just to make this bread.

Much to my delight I found a tube pan over the weekend at our local thrift store! I noticed some writing and numbers on the bottom of the pan. Adam did a little on-line investigation and discovered the pan was made in the 1950's. I am convinced that vintage bake ware is often superior to new bake ware. I guess if has lasted over 50 years it must be well made. : )
 The Sally Lunn bread was a big hit with Adam and Jemimah! It really was a lovely treat on a chilly, rainy spring afternoon. Especially when enjoyed buttered with red raspberry leaf tea. I found this fact from the Felicity's Cookbook interesting: Felicity made tea from raspberry leaves to protest the high tax on tea that came from England. Over the past few years I have read so many articles about the health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea, it really is a nice alternative to black caffeinated tea.

Sally Lunn Bread
3/4 cup milk
1/4 warm water
 1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1. Measure the milk into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Turn off the heat.
2. Measure the warm water into a small bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Then stir the warm milk into the yeast and water.
3.Measure the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Stir them until they are creamy.
4. Crack 1 egg into the mixing bowl of butter/sugar and beat the mixture. Add the second egg and beat the mixture again. 
5.Stir the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
6. Stir about 1 cup of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. Then stir in about 1/3 of the yeast mixture.
7. Add more flour and beat the mixture. Then add more yeast and beat the mixture again. Continue adding yeast and flour in this way, beating the batter unitl it is smooth.
8. Cover the large mixing bowl with a clean towel  and let the batter rise in a warm place for 1 hour. When the batter has doubled in size, remove the towel. Stir the batter quickly to take out the air.
9.Use paper towels to grease the tube pan with shortening or butter.
10. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Cover it with the towel. Let it rise for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled again in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while the batter rises.
11. Remove the towel and bake the bread on the center oven rack 40-45 minutes.
12. Remove bread from the oven. Use a butter knife to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan. Turn the pan upside down to remove the bread.

If you try this recipe I hope you will enjoy it as much a we did! It is a light, moist, delicate, bread. 


  1. I recently bought a angel food pan from the thrift store too for 99 cents and I suspect it was made in the 1950s too. I'm going to have to try this recipe. I have the Addy cookboom and oh my goidness! The recipes in the cookbook are so unhealthy but oh so good!

    1. Hi Regina,

      The Addy Cookbook sounds wonderful too! My sister had the Addy craft book, we made a couple of the projects and they were fun. I will have to look for the Addy cookbook now. : )


  2. Dearest Sarah, this post has me giddy for childhood with the nostalgia of the American Girls and also at this delicious looking bread. I believe this is the same cookbook I made an apple-sauce recipe from about 3 or 4 years ago and it turned out so good. I love how these books encourage in young girls a love for blessing their families with baking and cooking.
    I can imagine how neat it must have been to thumb through the historical facts in the book while remembering your fond memories of your colonial trip. And it is so neat to hear how you came upon the angel food pan right when you were needing it... how special to see how the Lord provides for us in even the small things He knows will bring us joy.

    Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe and the photos that brought an extra dose of calm and peace in the simple joys to my day... How heavenly.

    Hugs and blessings to you!

    1. Thank you, Jazzmin! The Felicity cookbook includes a recipe for apple butter. It looks delicious! I hope to try that recipe soon.

  3. The bread looks so good & the cook book too. In England a Sally Lunn is a bun & you can go & visit her bakery in Bath I think it is. Fondly Michelle

  4. it looks so yummy...even the daffodil is smiling :)
    I remember my grandma always telling us to visit her anytime .... and she would say "we'll have some bread and butter" What a wonderful treat it was!

    1. What a sweet memory, Tia! I always loved visiting my grandmothers. Both were great cooks.

  5. Hi Sarah, that's really incredible that the tube pan you found comes from the 50s! The recipe sounds wonderful, but I don't have a tube pan, unfortunately. Hmm, maybe one day I'll find one too.
    I used to make raspberry leaf tea several years ago. But raspberries didn't grow well in my yard. But I'm going to have lots of blackberries this year.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. How lovely! We have some blackberry plants, hopefully this year they will produce enough to make something. : )

  6. I have this cookbook! I think I might have tried the Sally Lunn bread as a pre-teen; I think it was a bit beyond me then though. We also have Molly, Samantha, Kirsten (has some lovely spice cookies), and Molly. We have some copied recipes from a few of the others. I should pull these out again.

    1. We loved the Kirsten cookbook too! The molasses cookie recipe was a household favorite. : )

  7. Mmm sounds yummy! 😊 I loved the American Girls growing up too. Kirsten was my favorite! I have her cookbook & there's a cookie recipe I make every Christmas. Actually come to think of it there are a few recipes in there I make quite often!

  8. This looks so wonderful! I am not familiar with these books but have heard of Sally Lunn bread from my mother many times. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will tuck it away in my homemaking cooking binder. :)

  9. I used to love checking out the American Girl books from the library! The Sally Lunn bread sounds good, thank you for sharing the recipe!