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Anadama Lemon Rye -- memory of an old hippy

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HeidiH

Anadama Lemon Rye -- memory of an old hippy

Back in the early 70s, when I was still recovering from working night shift in a hamburger roll factory and WOULD NOT make bread at home in protest, I lived with a friend who made what she called "Anadama Lemon Rye."  This is a reasonable approximation.  Anadama bread is a New England tradition and has cornmeal in it.  This version adds rye, whole wheat, and lemon zest.

It makes the house smell wonderful when it's baking -- an added bonus.  It's a nice, moist, slightly sweet, and aromatic bread, great for ham sandwiches, PB&J or just plain.  This is a little heavy on the cornmeal for a traditional anadama because I like the slightly grainy texture that gives.

Sliced while still a little warm:

The basic formula is

300g bread flour, 100g whole wheat flour, 100g rye flour, 100g cornmeal (total 600g)

12g salt, 8g yeast, finely grated zest of 1 lemon

40g molasses stirred into 380g water (total 420g or 70% hydration)

Stretch-and-fold is my new best friend so I mixed the dry ingredients, stirred in the molasses water, and let it sit for 50 minutes.  At that point I did one stretch-and-fold and let it sit another 50 minutes.  I did a second stretch-and-fold/50 minute wait.  Then I shaped and scored it and let it sit 30 minutes while I preheated the oven.  It was cooked on parchment paper on hot tiles at 400F for 35 minutes to an internal temperature of 210F. 

Next time, I'll not score it until a little later in the process so it doesn't spread so much.  Maybe it's time to break down and start using a couche for proofing saggy dough.  ;-)

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EvaB

will have to try this myself, and while I have never worked on a line job like that, I did once upon a time work in the post office, and for a number of years wouldn't go anywhere near one to mail a parcel. Still won't send anything parcel post (I worked on sorting them and can tell you fragile lables mean nothing at all) it all goes by air, or I find some other way to send.

My first job there was as Christamas help and I worked right up to the closing on Christmas Eve, and went home fell into bed and had nightmares of lost parcels! Believe me they were nightmares! So can relate to hamberger bun nightmares!

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HeidiH

I will never forget the millions of Whopper rolls coming down the conveyor, hour after hour ...

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EvaB

for me it was the lines of parcels laid out on the floor, which became messed up as helpers (loose translation for mess makers) searched for parcels which had already been picked up and the neat lines turned into random mess on the floor!

By the end of hte day on Christamas eve all I wanted was to go home and sleep! Didn't want to go anywhere Xmas day but had to, and of course that meant parcels to be taken for relatives, nightmare! ARG!!! Still hate wrapping presents, and gift bags are a God send! Don't mail anything that has to be put in a box! LOL