Homemade Bread, Dried Corn, and Other Syndicated Features

A recipe for homemade bread and method of making dried corn are among the syndicated features U.S. newspapers have picked up from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

| November/December 1978

  • There's nothing like a loaf of hot-from-the-oven homemade bread.
  • Dried corn is a great way to preserve fresh corn when you have more of it than you can eat.
  • Make a cold frame to get an early start on your gardening.

The following MOTHER EARTH NEWS stories are among those which have appeared in 100+ newspapers over the past six years as syndicated features.

Homemade Bread

There's just nothing as good as hot, steaming homemade bread fresh from the oven, and Susan Wikse says that this is the best homemade bread recipe in the world. If you try it, you may well agree.

For two loaves, pour two cups boiling water over one cup dry rolled oats. Let mixture stand for one half hour (until oats are thoroughly soft). Then soak two packets of yeast in 1/3 cup lukewarm water. Add one tablespoon salt, 1/2 cup honey, and two tablespoons melted butter to the oats. Then stir in the yeast. Gradually add enough flour to make the dough kneadable (between four and five cups. The flour does not have to be sifted). Knead five to ten minutes, adding flour as necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a big bowl, oil its surface, cover with a towel, and place in a warm place to rise. When the dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down, divide in two, shape into two loaves, and put each in an 8" x 4" bread pan.

Warm your oven to 325°F while you mix a few drops of water into an egg yolk and use the mixture to coat the tops of the loaves. Sprinkle lots of poppy seeds on the bread and bake for about 50 minutes.

Dried Corn

Roasting ears are good, you understand, but a family can eat only so many at once. And it seems that a planting of hybrid sweet corn all wants to ripen on exactly the same day. "That's no problem around our place," says Grace V. Schillinger of Colona, Illinois. "We just dry our excess corn the same way both my grandmothers used to do it."

Grace's traditional recipe is easy to follow. To each eight pints of raw sweet corn (that is cut off the cobs and NOT blanched), add six tablespoons of granulated sugar, four teaspoons coarse canning salt, and one-half cup of sweet cream. "Remember that real cream is still sold at dairy stores if you're not fortunate enough to have your own cow or goat," Grace advises, "and, for heaven's sake, don't try to use imitation cream substitutes!"

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