Category Archives: Breads

Whole Wheat Soda Bread

This simple quick bread is made with just a few basic ingredients. It gets its name from the baking soda that’s used as the leavening agent, which reacts with the acids in the buttermilk to give the bread the rise it needs. In old Irish lore, it’s said that the criss cross in the top is to ward off evil spirits! Serve it with sweet cream butter and preserves or marmalade for a delicious breakfast or snack.

Makes 1 loaf

Prep: 15 to 20 minutes

Bake: 40 to 45 minutes

Whole Wheat Soda Bread

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups The Old Mill Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup The Old Mill Unbleached Plain White Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup raisins

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large egg

1 1/3 cups buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the whole wheat flour and white flour in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the baking soda and salt, and whisk to combine. Stir in the raisins. Cut the butter into tablespoons and each tablespoon into four pieces. Scatter these pieces of butter on top of the flour mixture and cut into the mixture using two knives, a pastry blender, or a food processor, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg and buttermilk, and stir until the dough pulls together into a sticky ball.
  3. With floured hands, turn the dough onto a sheet pan. Form the ball into a smooth round, about 10 inches across. Flour a sharp paring knife, and cut a cross into the top of the loaf. Place the pan in the oven.
  4. Bake until deeply golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool before slicing. Best if cooled, wrapped in foil, and sliced the next day.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This unique bread flour is milled from wheat berries that don’t have the usual red bran color. This results in a sweeter, milder whole wheat flour that is light in color and thus called “White Whole Wheat.”

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients:

4 cups The Old Mill White Whole Wheat Flour

2 1/2 cups Old Mill White Bread Flour

1 3/4 cups milk

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons salt

2 packages dry yeast

Directions:

Place the whole wheat flour and white flour in a large bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it almost boils. Turn off the heat and let the milk cool in the pan. Place the water, oil, honey, eggs, salt, and yeast in the bowl in an electric mixer and blend. When the milk has cooled to the touch, pour it into the bowl with the yeast mixture and combine briefly on low. Add the mixture of flours, blending on low to combine well. Remove the beater and add a dough hook to the mixer if you have one. Beat for 5 minutes on medium speed. Or, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead with floured hands for 5 minutes. It may still be a little sticky.

Mist a large glass bowl with vegetable oil spray and turn the dough into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm place to double in size, about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup flour if needed to bring the dough together so it looses its stickiness. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a loaf, and place into 2 greased 9-inch loaf pans. Cover with the kitchen towel and let the dough rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Place the pans in a cold oven, and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until the loaves are deeply browned, and the top is hard when tapped, about 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the pans from the pan, run a knife around the edges, and invert the loaves into a rack to cool on their sides. Slice and serve. Makes 2 loaves.

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

 
Makes 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Bake: 25 to 30 minutes
Ingredients:
1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons for the skillet
Directions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cornmeal in a large bowl, and stir in the egg, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup oil until just combined.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, pour the batter into the skillet, and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the top is firm to the touch and the sides are well browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Turn out onto a board and slice into wedges. Serve warm.
For a 12-inch skillet – bake 20 to 25 minutes
Note:
For True Southern Cornbread (without an egg), use 2 cups The Old Mill Self-Rising White Cornmeal, 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Cornbread has been the backbone of the Smoky Mountain foodways for a long time. It was the bread that extended the everyday meal, making simple provisions more filling and interesting. But cornbread can be transported to the modern-day kitchen, too, where it is the perfect foil for festive holiday toppings of black eyed pea relish, pimento cheese, and sweet-hot pepper jelly. These country-style canapés are vegetarian-friendly and an easy do-ahead appetizer for busy holiday entertaining. They are the perfect accompaniment to ham, smoked turkey, even bowls of chili.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Makes about 12 servings (about 54 squares)
Prep time: 20 to 25 minutes
Bake time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients:
Cornbread:
2 large eggs
1 cup cream-style corn (frozen or canned)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded Cheddar or a Monterey Jack and Cheddar blend
Optional: 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Toppings:
1 cup prepared pimento cheese
1/4 cup pepper jelly, if desired
Thinly sliced ham and fresh figs
Directions:
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mist a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan with vegetable oil spray, and set the pan aside.
2. Place the cornbread mix, eggs, cream-style corn, buttermilk, and oil in a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to just combine, 1 minute. Do not over-mix. Fold in the green onions and cheese, and the jalapeno pepper and black pepper if you like it spicier. Turn the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Place the pan in the oven, and bake until the cornbread is golden brown and springs back in the center when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the cornbread cool completely in the pan, 1 hour.
4. When ready to assemble, cut the cornbread into about 54 squares. Remove the squares to a large tray or sheet pan. Top some of the squares with a teaspoon of black eyed pea relish and the others with a teaspoon of pimento cheese. Top the pimento cheese-covered squares with a dab of pepper jelly, if desired, or candied pepper slices. Top the rest with thinly sliced ham or prosciutto rolled up into a little rose alongside a thin slice of fig. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.