Tavern Bread

These pleasantly flavored whole wheat loaves are easy to make, tasty and not a bit heavy.  They take very little time for yeast bread; with only one rising right in the pan and no shaping.   Against my better judgement, I made them in cans, as the recipe recommends.   If you use the cans, don’t use cooking spray; instead, grease very generously all over.  Even then, I had a hard time getting the loaves out of the cans.   Decorate with raffia twine or ribbon tied just under crease in the loaf for gift giving.  
I think when I make this recipe again it will be in small loaf pans for easier slicing.  And, I will make it again... my husband really, really liked these loaves, especially as toasted slices.              
                              Tavern Bread
  1        Teaspoon  Instant Coffee Granules
     ½   Cup  Water
  3        Tablespoons  Molasses
  1        Tablespoon  Honey
  2        Tablespoons  Salad Oil
  12      Ounces  Evaporated Milk
  1 ½   Cups  Whole Wheat Flour  (4 ounces)
  3        Cups  Flour, All-purpose – divided  (13 ½ ounces)
  2        Tablespoons  Oats -- regular, uncooked
  2        Teaspoons  Instant Yeast
  2        Teaspoons  Salt
     ¼   Teaspoon  Ground Ginger

Combine first 4 ingredients, heat until coffee dissolves.  Let cool to 120-125°.
Combine whole wheat flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, oats, yeast, salt, ground ginger in large mixer bowl.
Add milk, salad oil and coffee mixture to mixer bowl.  
Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 1 minute.  Gradually add remaining 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirring with a wooden spoon or continuing to mix 2 minutes if you have a heavy duty mixer.
Divide dough into 4 well-greased 16 ounce cans (about 9 3/4 to 10 ounces of dough per can).  Let rise, uncovered, in a warm place until doubled (to top of can) (about 25-30 minutes).  Cover cans lightly with wax paper sprayed with cooking spray.  Remove paper before baking.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from cans immediately and let cool on wire racks.

  "Southern Living Big Book of Christmas Baking"
  "4 Loaves"


  1. the Tavern Bread was excellent. it was so easy to make, altho had no tins to put it in so made loaves in 9x13 pans = done very quickly and the house smelled beautiful and had a slice immediately actually more =will be making this again. only had white flour worked well with it = but bought some whole wheat =to try it out but was good without.

    1. Glad you liked it...it's a little different flavors that's very good.


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