salt rising bread (w/sponge)

60 Servings
Potatoes, med, peel & grate
3 tablespoons Cornmeal
3 tablespoons Sugar
3 cups Water
1 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Crisco
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Baking soda
  All purpose flour (enough)

SPONGE: Put potatoes, cornmeal, sugar, salt and boiling water in ½ gal glass jar and stir. Set, uncovered, in warm spot overnight. Next day, strain off foam, keep the liquid and discard the rest.

BREAD: Bring milk to a simmer and add Crisco, baking powder and soda.

Blend in sponge. Put in large bowl, add enough flour to make a stiff batter which is still pliant enough to beat. Set in a warm place to rise to double. Add a little more flour to make dough stiff enough to shape into 3 loaves and let double. Bake at 350 for about an hour.

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