By Sharlene~W on August 19, 2002
Photo by denrayr
Photo by denrayr
"Source: Bobby Flay Adopted 9/06 (Mean Chef)"
Serving Size: 1 (1387 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Fabulous bread! I made this during Mean Chef's bread making class and was amazed at the results -- a beautiful, rustic, bread with an incredible crust. It rose nice and high and the flavor was out of this world. I think the polenta added a lot of flavor and texture to the bread. We ate it right out of the oven along with a salad for dinner. Wonderful! Mean, thanks for sharing the recipe and your time."
"Thanks so much for walking me through the bread making process MEAN! I have never had success before with using yeast, and this was the first time baking "bread" not rocks! hehe The bread has just a hint of sweetness, and is quite hearty. My family thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks again! You have conquered my yeast fears. ;)"
"This bread ROCKS! I was a little nervous when I saw how sticky the dough was - nearly a batter! But I just let it rise - beautifully, I might add! - and then formed a loaf, let it rise, slashed the top, and baked. It took about 40 minutes to bake fully. It is awesome, Mean. I absolutely love it and it was easy and I WILL make this again. Perfect with my baked potato soup! Thanks for posting!"
"Great recipe to go with a salad and any rustic type meal. Tis recipe didn't take hours which is my usual gripe about bread recipes and it rose well even though the ambient temperature was a little lower than normal. Great flavour. I made this with wholemeal stoneground flour which made for a dense but very yummy loaf."
"I too have to thank you Mean Chef for guiding us through all the steps. I made the bread and it turned out really good. My husband loves it!! So now he wants homemade bread more often!! Thanks again Poppy "
"This bread has a really great flavor! We had leftovers with breakfast and noticed they have a flavor reminiscent of english muffins. I am giving this recipe 5 stars, because the flavor was so great. I had some problems, but they were not because of the recipe. I live in Florida and the humidity was horrible the day I baked the bread. I ended up needing quite a bit more flour (about 4 cups!). I plan to make this again on a less humid day. I know better, but REALLY wanted to make this recipe!!! The taste is amazing...reminded me slightly of sourdough....which is odd since it is so quick to make!!! Thank you Mean Chef!!!"
"Wow! My first homemade bread, and even without having to use my new, unused breat machine :) I am sorry to say I am new here and missed the bread making lessons from Mean Chef, but I am so grateful to have found this recipe and to have had such a fabulous result! This was our bread for Easter dinner, and my husband and I agree it is the best bread we have ever had. Easy too!!! I am no longer intimidated :) Thanks so very much!!"
"Let me start off by saying that in the past I've had no luck with yeast breads. At all. My past attemps failed miserably, but this turned out great. I started off using the dough hooks in my mixer, but that didn't work out too well.. so i finished it by hand. Also, half way through, i realized we had no milk, and i had to mix up some milk powder in water.. I was a little worried, but kept going, and got 2 loaves, one made in a loaf pan and one hand formed. Perfect, the closest thing to bread my family buys is wonder bread, so i claimed this as my own. Thanks!!"
"I am LOUSY at bread making but this turned out perfectly. I made as directed, but used soy milk instead of regular milk and didn't have an egg in the house (if you can believe that!) so I brushed the top with melted margarine instead of egg wash. Turned out crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside. Thanks Mean Chef for another wonderful recipe."
"Delicious, hearty bread that I am sure will be a regular on our table in the fall with stews and soups. I made it into rolls, and loved how quick it was to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. "
"Great recipe, Mean! I've been making bread for quite a while, and I'm no expert yet, but this was one of the easiest breads I've ever made. If anyone out there is afraid to make bread, this is a great place to start. VERY easy! I made 2 loaves out of the dough. They took 35 minutes to bake, and were perfect. My kids loved them, too. And my husband was asking me to make more the same day. The bread is very dense and moist, and just delicious. Thanks for sharing, Mean!"
"This bread was outstanding! I can't believe how easy it was and what a unique taste. The slight sweetness from the brown sugar and mild corn flavor from the polenta was just wonderful. I am making it again tonight for friends, can't wait! I also love how quick it is, very little trouble with to die for results. Thanks for posting!"
"I used regular cornmeal as suggested by others but that made the bread came out dense. I guess cornmeal isn't the same as polenta? It still tastes good but it isn't fluffy like the picture above. The next time, I will use polenta and see if it comes out better."
"Beautiful bread. Dough is so easy to work with and yields a wonderfully textured bread. Tender with a great flavor that didn't need butter or other additions. Used the Kitchen Aid for mixing which made it very easy. Made one loaf and a tray of rolls. Almost skipped the sprinkling a polenta on top and was glad I didn't. Gave some interest to the finished product. We ate this with dinner, and everyone enjoyed them, but these really would make wonderful sandwich rolls. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"
"I used white cornmeal instead. It was a nice, dense loaf. Will not use white cornmeal again (it was alittle bland),I should have made according to recipe. will try with yellow cornmeal next time. Family loved it with butter."
"Beautiful bread and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe"
"This was a very good dense bread. I followed Mean Chef's bread making class instructions that I found in the Community page under Breads. I think it is necessary to look at this posting because there are more detailed instructions. It was especially helpful on the uniform shaping of the bread. I used whole milk and kosher salt."
"This recipe is the easiest, almost fail-proof, yeast dough recipe I have ever tried. First of all, do not be intimidated by the ingredient "polenta". It is simply a specialty grind cornmeal. I used regular ground yellow cornmeal and it worked perfectly. White cornmeal would work also. I mixed mine completely by hand. The dough is sticky, as stated, but when I formed my loaves I did it on a lightly floured surface which helped. I made 2 nice sized loaves and baked them for 30 minutes on a baking stone. The loaves held their shape and rose very nicely. The crust is firm and slices easily. My family really enjoyed this delicious bread. 5 stars for how easy it is to make and 5 stars for taste! "
"Very easy to make (my husband even made a batch). Turns out well no matter what temperature, humidity, etc. your house happens to be. Tastes wonderful with a great texture. We made three batches in one week."