Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Pilgrim's Bread

When life gets a little too stressful, then it is time to bake bread! So this is what I did on Sunday evening.

Nothing like pounding that dough to let some of the tension subside! And look what you get into the bargain!

This is a three flour bread (cornmeal, wholemeal and white) and comes from the book "More with Less Cookbook" which I have had since we were first married and I see from Amazon is still available. In these days of credit crunch and feeling the pinch, it is good to get back to basics and rediscover old recipes that were family staples in the past. And if you would like to have a go at this one here it is:

Combine in a bowl:

half cup of cornmeal

half cup of brown sugar

1 tablespn of salt

Stir gradually into

2 cups boiling water then add one quarter cup of oil and cool to lukewarm.

measure out One and half cups wholemeal flour and three and half cups white flour and add a packet of dried yeast. Add the flour to the liquid and knead for three mins or so.

Put in a clean bowl covered with clingfilm in a warm place until doubled.

Take out and knead again for three mins then shape dough into two greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise again until double in bulk. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 mins - if you have a fan oven then it will be less but you will smell the wonderful smell of baking bread and be drawn to open your oven!! Happy baking!

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