Cornmeal Loaves Recipe

Do you remember my ode to crappy recipes? If not, you really should go read it; it'll win a fabulous award someday! In it, I said I wouldn't try any new recipes soon. My sister wrote me a reply to that poem:

"I had a second to check your blog last night....what do you mean no new recipes? I don't believe you. And what do you mean you don't like crepes? What kind have you been eating that you don't like them --- reassure me that you are talking about US-style crepes and not the classic savory or sweet crepes from Britteny France!"

Ha!! She knows me so well! I've already tried two new recipes since I wrote the poem! And, they were successful! Whew!

The first new recipe I tried was Cornmeal Loaves from The Frugal Girl (see her site for a picture of the bread). I get a lot of my recipes from her, and they have always come out great! The bread was delicious - crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside! I served it with my Quinoa Chili and Goat Cheese Ravioli. Delish!

Cornmeal Loaves

6-6 1/2 cups flour, divided
2 pkg. (2 1/4 teaspoons each) active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tablespoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup yellow cornmeal
In a large mixer bowl, combine the yeast and 3 cups of the flour. Combine milk, sugar, butter, and salt, and heat to 120° F. Add to dry mixture in bowl; add eggs. Beat at low speed to combine, then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in cornmeal and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place dough into a bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each half into a rectangular shape and roll up, starting with the short end. Pinch seams to seal and place each loaf into a 4×8 or 9×5 inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise 30-45 minutes, or until doubled.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes, or until browned. Cool on wire racks.
source: Better Homes and Gardens 1973 Bread Cookbook

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