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Rediscovering the Rustic Charm of Anadama Bread: A New England Delight

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Nestled in the heart of New England’s culinary tradition lies a bread as mysterious in origin as it is delightful in flavor: Anadama Bread. This is not just any bread; it’s a story kneaded and baked into a loaf. Legend has it that a fisherman, frustrated with his wife Anna’s bland bread, decided to mix molasses and cornmeal into his dough, exclaiming, “Anna, damn her!” But let’s leave the legends at the door and dive into the real magic: the making of this delectable bread. I am using a bread machine for this one.

Anadama Bread stands out for its unique combination of textures and flavors – a soft, chewy interior with a slightly crunchy crust, and the subtle sweetness of molasses paired with the earthy undertone of cornmeal. Perfect for a hearty sandwich or just a dab of butter, this bread is a testament to New England’s rich culinary history.

Here’s a recipe that brings this tradition into your kitchen, tailored for a two-pound bread machine. It strikes the perfect balance between ease and authenticity.


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

Simply layer these ingredients in your bread machine, following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Use the basic setting with a medium crust option. The machine does the heavy lifting, mixing, kneading, and baking. What you get after a few hours is a loaf that’s not just a bread but a slice of history.

So, why Anadama Bread? It’s not just about baking; it’s about connecting with a story, a tradition, and a flavor that has been passed down through generations. Whether you’re a New England native or a curious baker from afar, making Anadama Bread is a way to partake in a piece of culinary heritage. It’s a journey through flavors, textures, and tales – a journey well worth taking.

Happy baking, and here’s to keeping traditions alive in our kitchens!

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