Teddy Bear bread: A cute retro recipe from 1980

Vintage teddy bear bread recipe

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How to make old-fashioned Teddy Bear bread

“My mom can bake anything! Even Teddy Bear bread!”

Teddy Bear bread 1980

Besides bringing a happy smile to a little girl’s face, think of the money mom saves. Baking your own bread, rolls, cakes and so many other delicious treats is certainly cheaper than buying them at today’s inflated prices.

And baking is more fun, too. Easier than it used to be, thanks to Fleischmann’s yeast and its new baking methods, and so satisfying. How pleasing it is to serve fresh, fragrant, nutritious baked foods to your family; and their smiles make the little extra effort so worthwhile.

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80s teddy bear bread recipe

Teddy Bear bread

Yield: 2 loaves, 10 servings each
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 package Fleischmann’s active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (105 (F) to 115 (F))
  • 7 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 raisins


  1. Scald milk; stir in sugar, salt, and margarine.
  2. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Dissolve 1 package of Fleischmann’s active dry yeast in the 1-1/2 cups warm water.
  4. Add milk mixture and 3 cups unsifted flour; beat until smooth.
  5. Stir in enough more flour (3-1/2 to 4 cups) to make a stiff dough.
  6. On a floured board, knead 8-10 minutes.
  7. Place in greased bowl; grease top.
  8. Cover, let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Punch down. Divide into 4 equal pieces; cut 1 piece in half, and 1 piece into 14 pieces.
  10. Shape all pieces into balls.
  11. Place large balls on greased baking sheets for bodies.
  12. Place medium balls above for heads. Flatten slightly and pinch seams.
  13. Attach small balls for the bear's paws, noses. and ears.
  14. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  15. Make indentations in ears.
  16. Place raisins for eyes and belly buttons.
  17. Mix egg and water; brush on the bears.
  18. Bake at 400 (F) for 25 to 30 minutes.
  19. Cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

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