Southwest bread

Yield: 4 loaves

Measure Ingredient
⅓ cup Yellow cornmeal
1 pack Dry yeast
¼ cup Honey
¾ cup Plain yogurt, at room temperature
1 cup Whole-wheat flour
7 cups Bread flour
¼ cup Chopped fresh garlic
½ cup Corn, preferably fresh but frozen or canned is acceptable
¼ cup Chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup Black beans, cooked or use canned, rinsed and drained
¼ cup Chopped sun-dried Italian tomatoes, packed in olive oil, plus 1 tb of the oil
¼ cup Red onion, chopped
1 \N Mild green chile pepper (such as poblano), chopped finely
3 \N Jalapeno chile pepper, chopped finely
1 tablespoon Crushed hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Chili powder
½ teaspoon Cumin
1 tablespoon Salt
4 tablespoons Butter, softened
½ teaspoon Tarragon vinegar
1 tablespoon Olive oil for coating the bowl
1 \N Egg, beaten, for glazing loaf

(4 loaves, 10 slices per loaf)

Add cornmeal to 1 cup boiling water and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.

Stir yeast into 2 cups warm (105-115'F.) water until it is dissolved.

Add honey, yogurt, whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of the bread flour.

Then add the cornmeal, stir and set aside for an hour or so until the yeast gets working and bubbles form.

Mix in garlic, corn, cilantro, black beans, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and oil from tomatoes, red onion, both chiles, red pepper, chili powder, cumin, salt, butter and vinegar. Add remaining bread flour, 1 cup at a time, until a firm dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth, and form into a ball.

Place dough in a bowl that has been coated with olive oil and turn dough ball to coat lightly with oil all over. Cover bowl with a tea towel or loose plastic wrap. Let dough rise until doubled in volume, about an hour.

Punch down dough and divide into four parts. Form each into a ball.

Place two balls of dough, seam-side down, on a greased baking sheet.

Repeat with remainig two balls on another greased baking sheet. Cover all four with tea towels or loose plastic wrap and let rise about an hour until nearly double in volume.

Brush with beaten egg and slash across top surface 1-3 times with a sharp knife. Bake in a peaheated 375'F. oven for 35 minutes until center reaches 190'F. or until golden brown. Bread should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on wire racks.

Per slice: 129 calories, 4 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fat, trace saturated fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol, 174 milligrams sodium. Submitted By MICHAEL ORCHEKOWSKI On 08-07-95

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