I hadn't thought about brown bread in years. But once it was mentioned and I started to think about it again I needed to have some. So I went to the store and there it was, right next to the baked beans. I bought a can without raisins and went home to see if it was anything like I remembered. I turned it out of the can and it came out in the shape of the can just like cranberry sauce. And it was molasses-y and dense just liked I remembered.
But now I was an adult, who baked. So I thought I would try my hand at making my own. So I searched for a recipe and found one at Bon Appetit. And I even had most of the ingredients in the house to make it. Even though you need three different flours and corn meal. My brother helped me out there. He bakes a lot of bread and so he has all sorts of flour on hand all the time and he let me use some of his rye flour so I wouldn't have to go buy a bag of flour I was probably only going to use once.
The next issue was that it is supposed to be baked in a coffee can. If you want traditional. But I don't
So I was all set. I pulled out all the ingredients and buttered my coffee cans and was ready to go. And I hit a small snag. The instructions said to stir the milk with the next three ingredients. Only there was no milk on the ingredients list. Now I know I should read the instructions thoroughly before starting but I usually don't. I just glance through it to see if I need any special equipment or to see if there is something out of the ordinary in there. So I knew I was going to need twine to tie tin foil to the cans and a pan deep enough to bake them in a water bath and all of that. But I had missed the milk issue. (Should I have realized that something was missing? Probably, since there were really no wet ingredients mentioned. But it didn't occur to me at the time.) So I went to Google to see if I could find out how much milk I needed. And I found the same exact recipe at Epicurious, only this one had milk on the ingredients list. Two cups of it. Which was more milk than I had on hand. So after a quick trip to the store I was ready to start.
|batter is really thick|
And then it was just a matter of waiting an hour and a half. Although, after the fact, I was thinking that might have been a bit too long. The bread wasn't burnt but everything above the water line was slightly dry. So I would check it earlier next time.
|tied up so it won't get away|
But it was a little taste from my childhood when it was done. Not quite the same as the store bought stuff of course but definitely brown bread. With the molasses flavor, nice and dense, and the grainy texture you get from cornmeal. The only difference was now I liked the one with the raisins in it better than the one without. And I also tried it with cream cheese instead of butter and that was really good too.
The recipe makes two loaves and the bread doesn't last long so I will have to find someone to give a loaf to next time because it is a shame to let it go to waste.
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