Cornbread is slightly sweet (because of the corn) and got a beautiful yellow color. And it tastes great. The crispy outside (and delicious smell in the whole house) makes it a real party to bake this bread.
By combining yeast, lukewarm water, and sugar the yeast will be activated after five minutes. That way you can check very easily if your yeast is still working. If you don’t see any bubbles arise on top, your yeast won’t work anymore and you should use a new batch.
The sugar added to your yeast mixture is yeast “food”. They convert the sugar to oxygen which makes your bread airy. Don’t discard the sugar for that case.
By placing first a slightly wet towel and then cover that with plastic foil you get a moist warm environment while rising the bread. That way your dough remains moist and rises faster.
Substitute milk with soy milk for a lactose-free bread
Using a bread baking machine until the first rise is done
Put all ingredients in the bread machine in the right order as specified by the manufacturer.
Then turn the machine on the dough mode into the position in which the machine kneads the dough and run the 1st rise. Go further at the second rise.
With the aid of a mixer or by hand
Put 50 ml of warm water, yeast, and a half tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl, mix well and let stand 5 minutes. By then there should be bubbles (if that is not the case, then the yeast is no longer good and you must use a new package)
Put the corn flour and the rest of the flour in a bowl with the salt and mix well.
Then mix the milk, oil and the rest of the sugar and water through it.
Stir well with a wooden spoon so that all the liquid is absorbed.
Stir in the yeast mixture and start kneading (by hand or with the mixer).
Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch and that will certainly take 10 minutes of kneading.
Shape the dough into a ball .
Grease a bowl with oil and place the dough in it.
Turn once and cover the bowl with a damp towel and put it away on a warm place.
Let the dough rise for half an hour (or until doubled in volume).
Second rise (all methods go further here)
Lay the dough on a greased workplace.
Press the air out, form a ball, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Press the dough into a rectangle, with the width of the pan, and roll up tightly. Press the seam tight and place the dough in the pan.
Place the damp towel over the tin and leave the bread to rise for an hour in a warm place.
After half an hour preheats the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
Baking the bread
After the second rise moistens the top of the loaf with water.
Sprinkle polenta on top.
Put the tin in the oven for 40 minutes and then remove the bread from the oven.
Let rest for 5 minutes and then remove the bread from the mold.
Let it cool on a wire rack.
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