Cornmeal Molasses Bread

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1 c very warm water (about 110 degrees)
1/4 c molasses
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
3-4 c bread flour
1/4 c corn meal
1/2 tsp salt

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Sue Lally Recipe
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Vacaville, CA (pop. 92,428)
Member Since Apr 2011
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I've been making this bread for years, and it is my absolute favorite! It has a slightly sweet flavor, and a slight "crunch" from the cornmeal. It's great for sandwiches, and makes the BEST toast!!
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Combine the warm water, molasses, and active dry yeast in a glass measuring cup or small bowl. Stir with whisk until yeast dissolves, and then let stand about 5-10 min. until yeast proofs.
Add the oil to the yeast mixture. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, salt, and about 2 cups of the flour. Add the yeast mixture, and stir to combine. Add flour a little at a time until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, adding flour if needed, until dough is smooth and elastic (8-10 min.). Put dough in an oiled bowl (or spray with cooking spray), and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or damp towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
When doubled in size, deflate dough, and shape into loaf. Place loaf in a greased 9 x 5 in. loaf pan, cover, and let rise until it's about 1/2 in. above the pan. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. For a softer crust, brush top lightly with melted butter after baking.

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user Jan Mullikin jmulliki - Jul 14, 2011
Neat recipe! I've never had molasses bread. My son's girlfriend loves molasses cookies so I think I'll make this for her.
user Sue Lally Susie429 - Jul 14, 2011
How sweet of you! I'm sure she'll love it! I bake all of my own bread now, and this is my favorite of all and the one I make the most. I think if you try it, you'll be making it again and again as well. Enjoy!
user Lesley Gebhardt Hound - Jul 14, 2011
My husband and I have made brown bread with Molasses and it is very good....we are going to try yours and see how it is....I am very interested in how it is going to taste....It looks yummy.
user Sue Lally Susie429 - Jul 14, 2011
Great! Let me know what you think of it. I like the addition of the cornmeal (I use a fine ground cornmeal), which gives it a little extra something. Would you mind sharing your Molasses Bread recipe? I love molasses in bread...mmmmm!!!
user Kristin Miller Kk723 - Jul 16, 2011
I make an oatmeal molasses bread. I don't have bread flour though any suggestions? I'd love to try this one!

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