Hi everyone..you're a great group & I've really enjoyed your posts. Here's my problem:
There's a bakery (The Bread Barn) in Madison, WI that grinds its own corn and makes the
most delicious Anadama bread. I'd be content with buying it--but I no longer live in
Madison, and when I return often find I'm there on the wrong days (we call these
So, I've been trying every recipe I find in every cookbook I run across, trying to
emulate it. Deep is the lore of Anadama bread! All recipes seem to have molasses in
varying amounts. The bakery's bread is a round loaf, dotted with white particles, but
golden-pale, pound cake color, and has a crumbly, butter-nooked texture. It is not a
sandwich bread, but toasts well, has an earthy quality to it without being dry or
My attempts have all come out as much darker, heavier loaves (regardless of light/dark
molasses, white/regular cornmeal) that are poor cousins to Bread Barns' plump round
delicacies. I know they do use molasses, and I heard a suggestion that there may be
equal quantities of honey and molasses in the bakery's bread, which I have not tried.
I have four capable hands (2 not mine), a Regal bread machine, and a Vita-Mix that can
grind field corn into a vapor if need be. I'd appeciate any suggestions besides moving
back to Madison (though tempting!).