"Anadama" bread (from Rockport, MA?)
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The Boston Globe should have provided us with the etymological answer for
"anadama" bread, but I can't seem to find a good citation. It's bread made from
corn meal and molasses. "Anna, damn her" is one of the food etymology
classics that I wanted to solve. The story doesn't seem to show up before 1949!
(PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS)
_Gloucester Gourmets Justly Proud of Fish Dishes_
By Harriet Jean Anderson. The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington,
D.C.: Aug 24, 1949. p. B7 (1 page)
_A Bread Born by Accident_
ANADAMA. Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File). Los Angeles, Calif.: Dec 28,
1972. p. G16 (1 page)
_The Salisbury Times_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=n9tPhCVbEnaKID/6NLMW2gMWk38I3OxSGexbYCEeg92d5XSGz6G6XQ==) _Thursday, July 22,
...for shortening, Anadama BREAD from ROCKPORT on Cape Ann. Mass. Tasting
of.....thoroughly mixed add shor- tening, MOLASSES AND salt. Pour! mixture into
_Waukesha Daily Freeman_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=P9SpTvomPU+KID/6NLMW2qXuS0U8UWJ40Cn3N6dh06sjbtL4V7NJxQ==) _Thursday, June 24,
...this recipe for Anad- ama BREAD from ROCKPORT on Cape Meal Plan Approach
In.....of such good old-fashioned foods as MOLASSES AND cornmcal, this
_Reno Evening Gazette_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=olJOpJH/3rKKID/6NLMW2mA7Fu8lVr6r09D1Nf1QbOyUNB3I6gXroA==) _Thursday, July 01,
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Search.aspx?Search=rockport+and+bread+and+molasses+AND+stateid:63) ...this recipe for Ana- dama BREAD from
ROCKPORT on Cap? Ann, Mass. Tasting of.....thoroughly mixed add shor- tening,
MOLASSES AND salt. Pour mixture into a..
>From MORE RECIPES FOR FIFTY (Boston, 1918) by Frances Lowe Smith, pg. 17:
1 quart boiling water
1 cup rye meal
2 cups corn meal
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
2 tablespoons salt
1 yeast cake in 1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 quarts bread flour
1 quart rye or barley flour
Mix corn and rye meal, add boiling water, stir until smooth. Add salt,
fat, and molasses; cool. Add dissolved yeast and bread flour. Beat well,
and add rye or barley flour to knead as soft as can be handled. Let rise
over night; shape, let rise until double in bulk, and bake an hour or more in
moderate oven. Makes three large loaves.
This is truly a "bit" of Rockport, MA, for Anadama Bread originated
in this town many years ago. This is the true story of a local fisherman
whose lazy wife always gave him steamed corn meal mush and molasses for dinner.
One day when he came in from fishing, he found the same corn meal mush and
molasses for dinner and being very tired of it, he decided to mix it with bread
flour and yeast and baked it saying, "Anna Damn Her." The bread was so
delicious that his neighbors baked it calling it Anadama Bread. Anadama was first
baked by the Smith family at 5 Main Street in Rockport during the 1940's and
then later at a modern bakery built by the railroad station in Rockport, MA.
The company went out of business in 1972 dues to the death of William P.C.
Smith, Melissa C. Smith's husband who ran the operation. The Smith Family owned
several Rockport, MA and Gloucester, MA businesses from 1929 - 1998
including The Blacksmith Shop Restaurant, The Easterly Inn, The Faraday Inn, The
Anadama Bread Bakery, and The Cable House Guest House. Many people still bake
this bread but don't know the real secret to making it extra chewy and deeply
molasses sweet that only the original old fashioned recipe can bring to the
bread. This website is dedicated to all the people who remember this bread and
want to bake it in the authentic style.
With Deep Respect,
Melissa Ann Smith
(OED, March 2004 revision)
anadama bread, n.
U.S. regional (New England).
Forms: 19- amadama bread, Ammy Dammy bread, anadama bread. [< anadama, of
unknown origin + _BREAD_
A traditional yeast bread made with corn meal and molasses.
1915 Dial. Notes 4 239 Ammy Dammy bread, a kind of loaf bread. Recipe from
Old Salem Tavern. 1939 I. WOLCOTT Yankee Cook Bk. 145 Anadama bread. 1979
M. CUNNINGHAM & J. LABER Fannie Farmer Cookbk. 471 Anadama Bread...
This..batter bread..is an American classic. 1991 Martha Stewart Living Sept.-Oct.
103 Travelers tell of the quintessentially American Anadama bread, textured
with cornmeal, that turned up at a bake sale. 2000 C. THAYER Certain Slant of
Light xv. 141 Made some anadama bread yesterday. It's over on the corner.
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