1 c Milk
1 c Water
1 c Corn meal, preferably yellow
3 tb Sweet butter
1/2 c Molasses
1/2 c Warm water
2 tb Dry yeast
1/2 ts Sugar or honey
2 ts Salt
5 1/2 c Unbleached white flour
1 c Gold raisins
Makes 2 loaves.
IN a good-sized saucepan bring the milk and 1 cup water to a boil. Turn off
the heat and sprinkle in the corn meal, stirring energetically with a wire
whisk or fork. Add the butter and molasses and stir until evenly mixed.
Cool to lukewarm.
In a large mixing bowl dissolve the yeast in the half-cup warm water with
the sugar or honey. When bubbly, add cornmeal mixture, salt, and 2 1/2
cups of the flour. It should be thick but still beatable. Beat 5 minutes
with an electric mixer.
Stir in the raisins. Gradually add 2/12 to 3 cups more flour, beating with
a large spoon until the battter is too stiff to continue beating and holds
together in a mass in the center of the bowl.
Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it sit until the dough has risen
to twice its original volume. Stir down with the spoon. If you wish, let it
rise a second time. Stir down. Divide the dough between two buttered large
loaf pans. Be sure you get equal amounts in each pan. Squish it into the
corners with your fingers. Press to smooth the tops a bit; don’t worry if
they look like a lava flow.
Cover the pans with a towel and let rise until batter reaches the tops of
the pans. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake 40 – 45 minutes, until the loaves are
brown but don’t quite have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottoms.
Remove them from the pans and put directly on the oven rack. Bake another 5
minutes to crisp the crust.
Cool on a rack.
The Garden Way Bread Book From the collection of Jim Vorheis