Anadama Oatmeal Bread
Hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday and now it’s time to start thinking of healthier diets and trimming off those unwanted pounds we all gained eating cookies and sweets! It’s also time to start getting our houses back in order, well for most of us. It has always been a tradition in my family to leave all Christmas decorations up until the Epiphany or “Little Christmas” as we always called it. Not being Greek, I’m not sure why we did it, only that we got to enjoy our festive decor for a little longer, which is fine by me as it takes me 3 weeks to put it all up! This month is National Oatmeal Month and also Bread Machine Baking Month. This recipe is from the book I got with my bread maker. The story with the recipe tells of a hungry fisherman back in the Colonial days, who would return home to find his wife Anna gone and a supper of cornmeal mush and molasses left on the table. The legend is that he cursed her while preparing his own bread from the meal and the bread recipe is accredited to him, not her!
- For a 1-1/2 lb. loaf
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- ⅛ cup cornmeal
- 1-1/8 cup boiling water
- 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups bread flour
- ¼ cup dry milk
- 2 tbsp gluten
- 1-1/2 teas salt
- 1-1/2 teas dry yeast
- Place oatmeal and cornmeal in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over top, stirring to prevent lumps.
- Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes; stir and pour into the bread pan followed by the remaining ingredients in order given.
- Set machine to Basic Bread setting and make some Anadama Oatmeal Bread.
The recipe says that it is their version with the oats and makes tasty sandwiches or is great with chili. Enjoy a healthy bread to start the new year……….