November 16, 2009

I. Made. Bread.

As in the kind that has to rise in a pan not the quick kind that involves no rising. This is HUGE for me. It was pretty uneventful. One loaf is most of the way gone after less than 24 hours so I call that good. It made excellent toast.

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Anadama Bread
adapted from A Blog About Food
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1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups warm water
2 tsp oil
2 Tbsp yeast
7-9 cups flour

Put oatmeal, corn meal, salt and boiling water in a big bowl, and stir until everything is wet. Wait twenty minutes. Add molasses, oil and warm water to the bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the mixture. Stir until all the yeast is wet. Add 5 cups of flour to the mix, one at a time, and stir. Add additional flour (probably between 1 and 2 cups) a little at a time until dough sticks together but is not sticky. Let ball sit for 20-30 minutes. Punch it down and knead it one more time. Cut ball of dough into thirds, and make a loaf out of each. Place in a greased bread pan and let sit for 30 minutes. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes

++There is a way to roll the dough for bread. Did you know that? Lucky for me I remembered seeing Cooking W. do 'something' with her dough before putting it in the pan. So I looked it up online--isn't the internet great!?!

++One thing--I have no idea how to tell if bread is done so thankfully it was. . . done. I need to look that one up. I didn't think about it prior to the bread being done because I was cooking dinner. I will definitely look it up before the next time.

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