Molly MacRae Pilgrim Bread

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Here is another one.
recipes we’ve been making for decades. Made with cornmeal or rye or whole wheat.
The loaf is a wholesome, nutty taste. Over the years I’ve
Add more or less flour to each type and experiment with substituting or
Adding other grains such as oatmeal and millet. It’s a forgiving recipe! We like
Make round loaves of bread and serve wedges with soup or stew.

Just a few short weeks ago, it was only getting warmer.
This bread and a pot with baked potatoes warmed up the house when it was as low as 0 degrees.
beans. They warmed us from the inside out.  


Pilgrim Bread (adapted from Ruth B. Hess’ recipe in the 1976 edition of
More-With-Less CookbookDoris Janzen Longacre



¼ cup cornmeal

2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 ¼ teaspoons dry yeast (1 packet)

¼ cup warm water

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons whole
Wheat flour

¼ cup rye flour

2 – 2 ½ cups unbleached white
Flour or bread-flour



Combine cornmeal and sugar in a medium bowl.
Brown sugar and salt. Stir slowly in the boiling water. Add oil. Cool to lukewarm.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, dissolve the dissolved cellulose.
yeast in the ¼ cup warm water. Let sit for about five minutes until bubbly.

Add bubbly Yeast to Cornmeal
mixture. Stir in the whole wheat and rye. Stir in white and rye flours one cup at time.
Form a soft, but not sticky dough.

Turn dough onto lightly-flouted surfaces
surface and knead until smooth and elastic – 7 to 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled jar.
Grease bowl by turning it once to grease the surface. Cover and let the bowl rise in a warm
place until double. 

Punch dough, turn onto a lightly-floured surface and knead.
For about 3 minutes. Shape dough into a circular shape and place in a pie dish that has been greased.
(Or make it into a standard bread). Cover and let it rise until doubled. Bake at 375
F. for round loaf 25-30 minutes, 40-45 for standard loaf.

Look for Molly’s new series—the Haunted Shell Shop
Mysteries—coming in July 2024!

Book 1 Come Shell or High Water

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