Reggie, if the following is to long to post, it's okay.
Here is an interesting poem with recipe included I got out of an old bread
cookbooklet. Hope you all enjoy it! I actually made the recipe with some
changes ( I dont use lard or cake yeast etc, and the bread really came out
very nice: 4 loaves of a lean white bread. )
Happy baking season to all you bread makers out there!
WELL BRED MAID
First mix a lukewarm quart my daughter,
one half scalded milk, one half water.
To this add two cakes of yeast.
Or the liquid kind if preferred in the least.
Next stir in a teaspoonful of nice clear salt.
If this bread isnt good it wont be our fault.
Now add the sugar, teaspoons three;
Mix well together for dissolved they must be.
Pour the whole mixture into an earthen bowl.
A pans just as good if it hasn't a hole.
It's the cook and the flour, not the bowl or the
pan, that " makes the bread that makes the man ".
Now let the mixture stand a minute or two, Youv'e
other things of great importance to do.
First sift the flour, use the finest in the land.
Three quarts the measure, "Gold Medal" is the brand.
Some people like a little shortening powder, If this
your choice, just add to the flour.
Two tablespoons lard, and jumble it about,
till the flour and lard are mixed without a doubt.
Next stir the flour into the mixture that's stood,
waiting to play its part to make the bread good.
Mix it up thoroughly, but not to thick,
some flours make bread that's more like a brick.
Now grease well a bowl and put the dough in,
don't fill the bowl full, that would be a sin;
For the dough is all right and it's going to rise
till you declare its twice the old size.
Brush the dough with melted butter as the recipe say;
cover with a bread towel ,set in a warm place to stay.
Two hours or more to rise light, when you see it grow
you know it's all right.
As soon as it's light, place again on the board;
Knead it well this time, here is knowledge to hoard.
Now back in the bowl it must go, and set again
to rise an hour or so.
Form the dough gently into loaves when light,
and place it in bread pans greased just right.
Shape each loaf you make to half fill the pan,
this bread will be good enough for any young man.
Next let it rise to the level of the pans- no more.
Have the the temperature just right- don't set near
a door.Be very careful about draughts - it isnt
made to freeze. Keep the room warm- say seventy two
Now put it in the oven, its ready to bake.
Keep uniform fire, results are a stake.One hour
more of waiting and you'll be repaid,
By bread that is worthy " A Well Bred Maid".
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