Batter Bread By James Beard, Chef & Cooking Teacher Recipe

See recipe: Basic White Bread by James Beard, for instructions on kneading. That is a "real" load of bread! :-)

* Instructions *

Step 1

Proof the yeast in the water in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the dry milk, sugar, butter, salt, optional garlic, and 2 cups flour. Beat the batter by hand or with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour by hand and stir the mixture well to make a soft dough. Cover it with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 40 minutes or until it is double in bulk.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 375dF. Uncover the risen dough and stir it vigorously for 1 minute. Butter a 1-1/2 quart straight-sided casserole or souffle' dish and put in the batter. Brush the top with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the bread in the center of the oven for about 1 hour, or until it is delicately browned and sounds hollow when rapped with the knuckles. Remove from the casserole dish and serve warm, cut into wedges.

Things You'll Need

  • 2pk Yeast; active dry
  • 2c Water; warm (110-115 degs)
  • 1/3c Nonfat dry Milk
  • 2tb Sugar
  • 2tb Butter
  • 2ts Salt
  • 2ea Garlic cloves; finely chop-
  • -ped... (optional)
  • 3tb Sesame seeds (or 4 tblspns)
  • 4c Flour; All-purpose
--------------EGG WASH------------------
  • 1ea Egg white lightly beaten in:
  • -1 tbspn water

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