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Salt Rising Bread Recipe/tips

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 3 md Potatoes; Or Large
  • 3 tb Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 ts Sugar
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 4 c Boiling Water
  • 2 c Milk; Warm
  • 1 c Warm Water
  • 1/2 ts Baking Soda
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 2 tb Shortening; Melted Or Oil
  • 5 lb Bread Flour; Is Best


Wash potatoes and peel well. I use Eastern potatoes which are common in my
area and are the cheapest. Slice raw potatoes thinly into a large pyrex or
ceramic bowl ( non reactive ).Add by sprinkling on the cornmeal, sugar,salt
and pour over the boiling water.Wrap the bowl tightly with a heavy towel
and cover the towel with a foil wrap. Place in a constant warm place
overnight such as a radiator or on a low heat warming tray.Set the tray to
90 degrees or a warmth that is comfortable when touched but not to hot to
touch. Then place a larger towel over the entire covered bowl. I find that
12 to 15 hours is a good time limit to produce the foamy starter. If the
next morning the starter isnt foamy or doesnt smell strong, then do not
continue with the recipe. You must have the foam and the smell! Now in a
separate bowl, mix together the warm milk, ( even skim is fine ), warm
water, baking soda, salt and melted shortening or oil. Drain the potato
mixture in a collander saving the starter liquid and mixing with the milk &
water mixture. Stir in enough flour ( I use bread flour ) to make a smooth
dough. Knead until smooth and elastic as you would for yeast dough, about 8
minutes or so, adding more flour as needed to prevent stickiness. divide
the kneaded dough into 6, greased 1 pound small loaf ( 8 x 4 ) pans or 4,
9x3 loaf pans. dough should fill pan 1/3 full. Let the breads rise in a
consisitent warm place covered ( again use a 90 degree warm warming tray )
until breads are almost double and risen almost to tops of pans. ( about 1
1/2 to 2 hours) . Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or golden.
remove to racks to cool. bvrush tops of loaves with melted butter. The
characteristic strong odor you smell as the breads are baking will not
overly manifest itself in the flavor of the bread. The bread has a nice
grain and texture and pleasant taste. Great toasted.Freezes well.

Btw: people always ask about the 1/2 tsp baking soda. There seems to be
enough alkaline/acid reaction to give the bread a boost.Since this bread
always tastes and looks great I never omit it although you may find other
recipes that dont use it. The chief leavener comes from the fermented
potato/cornmeal mixture.

Makes 6 loaves of bread.

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