Better than canned bread or sliced beer

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I like turning old sayings around just to see what happens.  The other day when I was thinking about something the thought came across; this is better than canned bread or sliced beer.  Don’t know much about the beer, but, I do have a recipe for canned bread.  It’s one I’ve had for so many years, I don’t even remember when I first found it and tried it.  Just remember, its excellent bread.

The recipe comes from Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, Lane Books, Menlo Park, CA, 1973.  It’s called Rich Batter Bread

Dissolve the yeast in water with the ginger and one TBSP of sugar in a large bowl, stir and set aside until foamy. (about 10-15 minutes) Stir in remaining sugar, milk, salt and salad oil.  Using a mixer on medium speed add flour, one cup at a time until too thick for mixer Beat in last cup of flour with a heavy spoon; and flour until dough is heavy but too tacky to knead.   Prepare lidded metal coffee can by removing lid and greasing generously with butter.  If using a 2lb can place dough within, snap on cover and let rise in warm place until cover pops. Place in oven preheated to 350 for one hour. Crust will be very brown, brush lightly with butter.  Allow to cool on rack 5-10 minutes.  Loosen crust around edge of can and slide out loaf.  Allow to cool standing upright.  Enjoy.  Baked bread can be stored in can.

If you are using 1lb cans, divide raw dough into two equal portions and place in well greased cans covered with snap on lids.  Bake 45 minutes, then follow cooling directions.

Once the dough is made and placed in covered coffee  cans it can be frozen and baked at a later time.  Just remove from freezer and allow to thaw and rise, bake and cool as above.  Allow 6-8 hours for a 2lb can and 4-5 for a 1lb can.

This is delicious bread and is great toasted, goes well with soups and stews and I like it for tuna salad sandwiches.

They listed alternatives I haven’t tried, but, you might like.

Light wheat bread, in base recipe replace 1 1/2 cups of regular flour with whole wheat flour and use honey instead of sugar.

Corn-Herb Batter Bread, to yeast mixture add 2 teaspoons celery seed, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage and 1/8 teaspoon marjoram.  Substitute 1/2 cup corn meal for 1/2 cup flour.

Raisin-Nut Batter Bread, to yeast mixture add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.  Stir 1/2 cup each raisins and chopped walnuts with final flour addition.

Wonder why I never tried the alternatives, they sound tasty enough!

There are other examples of canned bread, I’m just not familiar with them.  I used to see Boston Brown Bread in cans at the grocery store.  I understand it’s great with baked beans.  I haven’t looked lately, but, probably will, now that I’ve thought of it again.

Took a day off yesterday and enjoyed it, now back on the task as NaNoWriMo builds steam.  Onward and Upward!  Better than canned bread and sliced beer!


Do YOU love home made bread?

I have THE best and simplest recipe for bread, if you don’t object to white bread.  I’ve been using it for years and couldn’t even tell you where I first found it.  A couple of people have taken credit for it, my Dad had it on a recipe card titled: Sis Daley’s home made bread.  Sis Daley was the wife of Richard J. Daley, notorious mayor of Chicago for many years.  I digress, here’s the recipe.


1 pkg  active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (not too hot to touch)

2 cps milk

2 TBSP butter

2 tsp salt

2 TBSP  sugar

5-6 cps flour

Put milk and butter in small pot on low heat until butter melts.  allow to cool slightly (not too hot to touch) combine with water and yeast.  I usually mix salt sugar and 3 cups of flour together and combine with milk mixture. Stir until tacky batter is formed. add remaining flour, one cup at a time until it is too thick to stir.  Coat hands in flour and begin kneading.  Dough should be smooth and elastic.  Leave covered bowl in warm place until dough is double in size.  Knead again. Cut in half and form two loaves. Place covered bread pans in warm place for about 30 minutes.  Bake in oven pre heated to 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Cool on rack.

I have played with this recipe and added shredded cheese and other ingredients to jazz it up from time to time and it has always turned out well.  The aroma gets people’s attention and there is rarely any waste. Many times the second loaf never made it to the freezer.

I have also substituted potato water, chicken stock and beef stock in place of the milk, still turned out well.  If you substitute the white flour with wheat or rye or whatever your favorite is, just know it’s going to be a heavier loaf of bread.  Even a half and half blend of flours produces a dense bread.  Tastes good, just not always a favorite.

My nephew calls me a Butterton, so, I cannot speak to alternatives to butter.  I might try olive oil someday or maybe grapeseed oil…I don’t like margarine or shortening and am opposed to butter substitutes on general principle.  Which doesn’t mean they might not work.  Try it your way; it’s only bread.

As too the sugar and salt, for some time now I have been favoring raw sugar and sea salt.  I tend to use as many organic ingredients as I have available when inspiration strikes.

I have started this recipe at like 8a.m. and had fresh bread in time for lunch.  Slower than running to the store, but, in my book….S o much better!

Oh, yeah, I knew there was something else about this recipe…It is great to do when I’m feeling stressed!  The more you knead the dough, the better the bread turns out!  Seriously!

The weather is gloomy; life is good!


Looked out the window and saw nothing but gray skies in every direction.  Same as yesterday. hmmm  Lots of ways to look at this, if I choose.  Can’t really stomach Pollyanna, just not all that fond of Gloomy Gus either.  Truth is, I love Oscar the Grouch.  It’s not that I’m grouchy all the time.  Oddly, it seems more honest to me than Pollyanna.  And when I see or hear Oscar I laugh.  Simple, right? 

Life is good cause this day has so many possibilities.  Even with gray skies and liquid sunshine.  Soups, stews and homemade bread call to me on days like this.  Life doesn’t get much better.  The smells, the flavors!  Add a batch of cookies and we have reached Nirvana!

Bonus, I have a recording of the 1812 Overture with bells and cannons.  Of all the music in the world I can’t think of anything I like better.  Of course there are lots of other music pieces that are great and even awesome, but, nothing inspires like the 1812 Overture with bells and cannons.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Happy hump day!