This is a sweet and nourishing diet, and generally acceptable to children.
It is economical, and when wheat is scarce, is a pretty good substitute for dyspepsia bread.
There are many different proportions of mixing it - some put one. third Indian meal with two of rye; others like one-third rye and two of Indian; others prefer it half and half.
If you use the largest proportion of rye meal, make your dough .stiff, so that it will mould into loaves; - when it is two-thirds Indian, it should be softer and baked in deep earthen or tin pans after the following rules.
Take four quarts of sifted Indian meal; put it into a glazed earthen pan, sprinkle over it a tablespoonful of fine salt; pour over it about two quarts of boiling water, stir and work it till every part of the meal is thoroughly wet; indian meal absorbs a great quantity of water. When it is about milk-warm, work in two quarts of rye meal, half a pint of lively yeast, mixed with a pint of warm water; add more warm water if needed. Work the mixture well with your hands: it should be stiff, but not firm as flour dough. Have ready a large, deep, well-buttered pan; put in the dough, and smooth the top by putting your hand in warm water, and then patting down the loaf. Set this to rise in a warm place in the winter; in the summer it should not be put by the fire. When it begins to crack on the top, which will usually be in about an hour or an hour and a half, put it into a well-heated oven, and bake it three or four hours. It is better to let it stand in the oven all night, unless the weather is warm. Indian meal requires to be well cooked. The loaf will weigh between seven and eight pounds.
Pan-bread keeps best in large loaves.
Many use milk in mixing bread; - in the country, where milk is plentiful, it is a good practice, as bread is certainly richer wet with sweet milk than with water; but it will not keep so long in warm weather.
Baking can very well be done in a stove; during the winter this is an economical way of cooking - but the stove must be carefully watched, or there is danger of scorching the bread.