Recipe: Cornmeal Yeast Bread

1 lb. loaf
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. sugar
1 3/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp. yeast

1 1/2 lb. loaf
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 Tbsp. butter
3/4 cup cornmeal
6 Tbsp. milk, may have to add more if too dry
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
2 2/3 cup bread flour
2 1/4 tsp. yeast

Boil water in a small saucepan. Add salt and butter. Then pour in cornmeal in a thin stream, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a thick paste. Cook one minute longer, stirring all the while. Remove mixture from heat and set aside to cool.
When cornmeal paste has cooled, put it in the bread pan with the other ingredients in order suggested by your bread machine instructions. Set for white bread, medium crust and press start.
Boiled cornmeal adds flavor to this pale yellow bread. It’s good for toast, sandwiches and eaten warm from the oven.
Makes a 1 or 1 1/2 lb. loaf in a bread machine.

This is the week that I promised to share the bread recipe to go with the soup from last week’s article. There are also a few other things from other articles I will finish up on also.
First is to introduce you, by photo, to my grandson Harrison; here he is pictured in my arms, one day old. He is already 5 weeks old today – time flies. An average person becomes a grandparent at age 45. I was 12 years older than the norm to become a grandparent, so he is so very, very much loved and adored.
Secondly, I would like to announce the winner of the “First lady contest.” I got several entrants and the winner drawn from a hat is Mary Sims. Thank you all for participating and I hope you learned something about our first ladies while doing your research. Mary will be receiving a cookbook I chose for her.
And finally before I share this recipe, I would like to give a note of praise to Gary Larson. Gary gave me the opportunity to do this column weekly. He was the flour, the leavening, the flavor and texture of the Mille Lacs County Times. He was an amazing man who spent many hours watching Milaca kids in their activities and sports and then brought accolades, pictures and statistics back to the families and friends via the paper. Gary knew every kid and every kid knew Gary. He will be greatly missed. He was an amazing man!

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