I need to get this on here, so I don’t lose this recipe! I’ll add photos when the actual loaf comes out of the oven. Yes, we are only making 1 loaf, although this mix will allow you to make 4 loaves (or so it says. I always have trouble with getting as much out of a multi-use mix as they say you’ll get. Is that just me?) Thus far, we’ve made 3 loaves, and the kids have decided they like it best with NO oil. The finished product does seem to have a more tender crust, minus the oil, with no appreciable difference in crumb texture. In the future, I’m going to experiment with adding an extra egg, in place of the oil. We always have tons of eggs, thanks to our beautiful, productive hens! 🙂
Here’s what you need to get started:
Poppy seed Bread Mix:
Pre-heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
10 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup poppy seeds
1/4 c + 2 t baking powder
4 t salt
Combine these ingredients in a large bowl, with room for stirring. Mix them together well. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Should yield: 4 loaves (16 cups of mix).
To make the loaves:
In a deep bowl, place the following:
1 medium/large egg
1 1/4 c milk
1/3 c oil (optional, in our experience)
2 t vanilla (or lemon, or almond) extract
Stir well, until well blended. Add 4 cups of the mix. Stir until just moistened (definitely a muffin method, here). Pour into a 9×5 loaf pan. Bake at 350F for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I have been using a tea towel to remove the loaf directly into my hand, then gently placing it on a cooling rack. No cracks or breakage, so far!
*Please keep in mind, abbreviations in recipes are as follow:
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
tt = to taste (usually salt and pepper/s&p)
APF/AP Flour = All Purpose Flour
**Please, let me know if you try this, and if you like it. We’re using this mix as part of a gift basket for my girls’ fundraising auction at church this week. They’re raising money for summer camp, by auctioning off themed baskets. One of them is doing a Movie Night basket, and the other is doing a Breakfast/Tea Time basket. This week has been a flurry of testing a new recipe repeatedly, which is pretty fun, when the recipe is a good one, as this seems to be. I hope you have fun making this, too.