Saturday, August 30, 2008

EARLY COLONIAL BREAD

1/2 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 pkgs active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
3/4 cup sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sifted rye flour
4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour

Combine the corn meal, brown sugar, salt, boiling water, and oil. Let cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes. Soften yeast in the 1/2 cup lukewarm water. Stir into the corn meal mixture. Add the whole wheat and rye flours; mix well. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead till smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, 50 to 60 minutes. Punch down, turn out on lightly floured surface and divide in half. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Shape into two loaves and place in greaded 9-inch loaf pans. Let rise again till almost double, about 30 minutes. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done. (Cap loosely with foil after first 25 minutes if bread browns rapidly.) Remove from pans. Cool on rack.

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