The Definition for anadama bread on wikipedia is "Anadama bread is a traditional bread of New England made with white flour, cornmeal, molasses and sometimes rye flour." You see, the main reason for me baking this bread is because of the corn meal. Well I have to exhaust my 3Kgs somehow. Is it not? I found the recipe for this bread in the Natural baby food cook book. The bread is easy to bake and yet very delicious.
In this recipe the corn meal is soaked in a mixture of hot water and milk for about an hour and then put with the rest of the ingredients. This results in a soft tender bread with a surprisingly delicious crunch. It tasted better than I had ever imagined.
Anadama Bread recipe:
Preparation time: 3 hrs
Baking time- 25mins
Makes- 1 loaf
Corn meal- 1/2 cup
Scalded milk- 1/2 cup
Boiling water- 1/2 cup
Butter or margarine- 1-1/2 tbsp
Molasses- 1/4 cup (I used brown sugar)
Dry yeast- 1-1/2tsp
Luke warm water- 1/4cup
All purpose flour or maida- 3 to 3-1/2 cups
- In a bowl, combine the yeast and warm water along with 1tbsp of brown sugar and let it stand in warm place for 30 mins till it is frothy
- Mix the hot milk and water and slowly add the corn meal while stirring continuously.
- Add butter or margarine, salt and remaining sugar. Mix and allow the mixture to stand till luke warm
- Add the all purpose flour to the cornmeal mixture and mix.
- Add the yeast mixture and quarter cup of water and mix thoroughly
- Knead the mixture on a floured surface for about 10 to 15 mins or till smooth and elastic.
- Place in an oiled bowl and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for an hour
- Once the dough doubles in bulk, punch down the dough and knead again 2mins and shape into a loaf
- Place the dough in an oiled loaf pan . Cover and let it rise in a warm place for 45 mins till double in size
- Bake the dough in a preheated oven at 200C for 30 to 40 mins
- Remove from pans at one to cool on wire racks.
- For soft crusts, brush some butter while still warm.
This bread is my contribution to Aipi and Priya's Tuesday bookmarked recipes