light bread noun A loaf of bread made from wheat flour leavened with yeast, rather than from corn meal. Same as loaf bread, wheat bread.
1936 LAMSAS (Madison Co NC, Swain Co NC). 1949 Kurath Word Geog East US 39, 66. 1966-67 DARE (Burnsville NC, Gatlingburg TN, Maryville TN). 1972 Pederson et al. LAGS (Cocke Co TM; Jefferson Co TN). 1982 Maples Memories 52 [For a potato sandwich] I head for the kitchen, fry a potato golden brown, cut up country wise, spread a little mayonnaise on light bread, salt lightly. 1982 Parris Here’s How Store-bought loaf bread is called “light-bread.” 1982 Weals Cove Lumber [T]he flour milling did not prove profitable. Cornbread was the bread of that time and place, and there was not yet much demand for “lightbread.” 1990 Fisher Preacher Stories 25 In the economy of the mountains, most people ate cornbread at least twice a day. “Wheatbread,” as it was sometimes called, was usually reserved for breakfast and many times only for special occasions, especially if it had yeast in it, in which case it was called “light bread.” 1995 Williams Smoky Mts Folklife 92 Breads made from white flour, either homemade biscuits or store-purchases “light bread,” were more prestigious than cornbread.
We call it light bread. And although it may not be the healthiest of breads, plain old light bread is my favorite bread for sandwiches.
When I was growing up the two most popular brands of light bread were Sunbeam and Kerns. I still buy Sunbeam today.
Several years ago I had a series about eating make-do type of foods. As you might imagine light bread came up in many of the comments. Here’s a few:
- Norma said: When I read your requests for ‘make do suppers’, many come to mind. I was born in 1947, so the 50’s were my “formative years”, as it were, so most of these are from the 50’s and 60’s. Here’s a few family favorites: My father loved to have cold cereal or hot oatmeal and buttered cheese toast on Sunday nights after church. It was a light repast, he called it, after the usual groaning board Sunday dinner.
- Amy Phillips said: Spread butter on sliced bread sprinkle with garlic salt, broil for a min or so, garlic bread… CHEAP, CHEAP,CHEAP!!
- Vicki Lane said: When I was in college, one summer I rented a room from a young couple with four children. The husband was a real estate agent and the mom (not much older than I) stayed home. Things got very close around the end of the month and when they couldn’t afford margarine, they spread their toast with Crisco and salted it. It wasn’t too bad.
- Don Casada said: Brother Jim and I are obviously going to have some of the same recollections. Before I read any of the comments, I was already thinking hamburger meat (with some sausage mixed in) on top of either cornbread or just plain Sunbeam loaf bread. In those days, Sunbeam bread came from Waldensian Bakeries in Valdese. It probably has something to do with a boy’s appetite, but white bread sure tasted better back then than it does now.
- B. Ruth said: I ask my son when he’s on his way to pick up the kids at day care, “Whats’ for Supper?”…He replies with a laugh…”Looks like white bread and potted meat tonight!”….He’s kidding of course, meaning money’s tight! He’s heard my tales of potted meat n’ white bread sandwiches. LOL Many a time when I was growing up we had canned Deviled Ham (or potted meat) and scrambled egg sandwiches on white bread.. either for lunch or supper! LOL No Mayonnaise either..if moistened it was always a salad dressing product…ewwww! Wieners sliced in half length ways…fried in a pan till dark. One half weiner was put on one slice of white bread with mustard. As a special splurge of happiness Mom would buy one large bottle 15 cents of soda. She gave us a small glass of Strawberry or Cherry soda filled with (aluminum tray) large ice cubes and on the side those little hot dog shaped cheese Tid-Bit crackers…what a treat of a meal in the summer…LOL I wonder if they still make those???
- Tipper said: I can’t find the comment, but someone mentioned mayonnaise sandwiches. Until I read that comment I had forgotten about eating mayo sandwiches at Mamaw’s house. I remember standing in the kitchen with a cousin who was eating one and he fixed me one too. I don’t remember if we ate the sandwich because there was nothing else or because he liked it.
Here at the Blind Pig house we use light bread for:
- scrambled egg sandwiches
- in place of hamburger buns
- cheese toast
- like Amy we use it for garlic bread
- buttered toast for breakfast
- sugar toast or cinnamon toast (when I’m sick I always want cinnamon toast and chocolate milk because that’s what Granny fixed for me when I was sick as a child)
- to sop up pork-n-beans
- The Deer Hunter recently made some dandy croutons from light bread
- in meatloaf…and to make meatloaf sandwhiches