Numerous legends surround the title of this bread. A popular one refers to a woman named Anna, who was cursed by her husband for being lazy.
Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water and set aside. Pour remaining water into large saucepan, add salt, and bring to a boil. Stir in cornmeal, bring to a boil, remove from heat, and add molasses and butter. Stir until butter melts and mixture cools. Pour into bread bowl. Add yeast and beat in flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a stiff dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth. Shape into a ball. Place in buttered bowl, turn to grease top, cover, and let rise until doubled. Punch down, knead, divide in half, and place in 2 greased 9-inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled . Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 40 to 50 minutes or until brown. Remove loaves from pans and brush with melted butter.