SALT RISING BREAD
2 1/2 C. potatoes, sliced
2 T. cornmeal
1 1/2 T. salt
1 qt. boiling water
1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. warm milk
1 T. shortening, melted
11 C. flour
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt and the cornmeal over potatoes.
Add boiling water and stir until salt has dissolved. Cover and
keep warm from noon to the following morning.
Drain off liquid into a large bowl. Add the baking soda,
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and 5 cups flour to the liquid. Stir
until ingredients are well blended. This sponge should be
the consistency of cake batter. Set mixture in a warm place,
and let rise until light and full of bubbles. This requires
about 1 1/2 hours.
Scald milk and cool to lukewarm. Add shortening. Add milk
and remaining flour to sponge. Knead for 10 to 12 minutes
and shape into loaves. Makes 3 medium-size loaves. Let
rise until light - about 1 1/2 hours.
Bake at 350ÂºF for 1 hour.