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"

2 comments:

  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.

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

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