Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Loaf

This Pilgrim Loaf is a tasty bread that celebrates the flavors of the Harvest. It is uniquely shaped like a Pilgrim’s collar and includes brown rice, pecans, honey and molasses for a savory delight. This Harvest Bread would make a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving feast. It has a nutty flavor with just a hint of sweetness.

Pilgrim Loaf Recipe and Instructions
Makes 1 loaf
The recipe for this festive bread is courtesy of ACH Foods (Fleischmann Yeast).


Ingredients:
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked wild rice or brown rice, cooled* (I used a mixture of long grain & wild rice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
* 1-1/2 cups cooked rice equals about 1/3 cup uncooked wild rice or 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice.
     
    Directions:

    In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water, butter, honey, and molasses until very warm (120°F to 130°F). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in rice, nuts and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.





    Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.



    Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Roll dough to 9-inch circle.




    Fold in half, slightly off center, so top layer is set back 1 inch from bottom edge.




    With sharp knife, make 4 equally spaced cuts from curved edge toward folded edge, about 2 / 3 of the way across loaf (cutting through both layers).





    Place on greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with 1 tablespoon cornmeal. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle top of loaf with remaining cornmeal.




    Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from sheet; cool on wire rack before slicing or serving.  Or use the Pilgrim Loaf as part of a festive table decoration.

     


    Happy Baking!
    Cathy


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