Gumbo Writer has inspired me to put up a recipe. Next time GMR cooks one of his dee-lish dishes, I’m going to photograph it and put up the recipe. Maybe I’ll do even do that when I make my Pinto Beans & Cornbread -mm-mmm! But for now, I thought I’d place one here from the Tender Graces book. Katie Ivene, Momma, wrote this one. Someone emailed me about this recipe this morning, and I wish her luck in baking this bread!
To make the sponge:
3 between sized potatoes
3 tablespoons of meal
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of soda
4 cups water that’s come to the boil
The next day:
2 cups of sweet milk that’s warmed a bit
1 cup of water that’s come to the boil
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon of soda
2 tablespoons of shortening (and best not be using any petal puss pig lard in my recipe!)
Makes three loaves unless it makes four or two, sometimes I change the recipe so you best check it twice. The day ahead, while the kids are still outside playing before supper, peel and slice up the potatoes and add the meal, sugar, soda, and water that’s come to the boil. Put all that in a glass bowl or big jar if you still have one that’s not broke, and cover it up with a good weight-sized dishrag. Let it stand in a warm place all the night and don’t let the kids play around to knock it over or else you got to start over again.
The next morning there should be a foam risen up top of it. Get the potatoes out of the mixture, and then add milk, water, soda, salt, and shortening. Add flour just enough to make the dough stiff enough to knead up until it’s right. Keep the kids out of the dough with their dirty hands or else you got to throw the nasty dough away and start all over. While kneading, think on things that’s been bothering you and soon the answer will come. Shape the dough into loaves. Put the loaves in greased up pans, cover with a dishrag, and let them rise again until twice the size. Then bake the loaves in a 400 degree oven until it’s done, maybe 40 minutes or so. Give the kids warm bread with apple butter and send them outside so you can think straight. Serve the bread to your husband so he can see just what you can do when you set your mind to it even if you can do more than bake bread at least the bread gets his attention.