Monday, October 24, 2022

NEW WORLD BREAD by Marisa Masterson


As German immigrants traveled west, they took their native rye seeds with them. They combined these with the items they found locally, foodstuff that they traded with native peoples. Oh, and they added that one item that was widely used by pioneers--molasses.

The result was a bread for the new life they found themselves living as settlers in the West. This dense, brown bread was also known by another name, one that is too derogatory to native people for me to include here. 

But, I wanted to introduce to you another aspect of pioneer life we rarely read about in novels. White flour was expensive. This bread allowed them to use a rougher, locally ground flour from the rye they'd grown. Also, it included the cornmeal that was a staple of the American diet at the time.

[This] is a healthy bread made with rye flour, molasses, honey, butter, cocoa powder, and cornmeal. It is a delicious and sweet bread. You can also add raisins and nuts to it.

Rye Flour2 ½ cups
All-Purpose Flour1 cup
Granulated Sugar3 teaspoons
Dry Yeast1 packet
Warm Water1 ½ cup
Molasses4 teaspoons
Honey2 teaspoons
Butter2 teaspoons
Cocoa Powder2 teaspoons
Salt1 teaspoon
Cornmeal2 teaspoons 

  1. Take a bowl and mix yeast, water, and sugar in it. Leave it for about 5 minutes until the yeast in the mixture starts reacting.
  2. Mix flour, molasses, honey, butter, cocoa powder, salt, and cornmeal along with the yeast mixture in a mixer until the dough is soft and lacks moisture.
  3. Put the dough ball into a lightly greased container. Cover the dough with a cotton cloth. Let the dough rest for about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 455°C.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle the parchment paper with cornmeal.
  6. Place the baking tray in the oven. Bake it until golden for about 30-35 minutes.
  7. After that, take it out from the oven and let it cool for some time.

So, you are done baking the [word removed] bread and it is ready to eat. Enjoy this recipe with your friends and family on a lazy Sunday or whenever you want.

You can find this recipe at

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