Pity The Corn Bread

This corn bread is not only easy, delicious, and wholesome, but will also be the perfect side dish to soups, stews, and chili bowls. This recipe serves two for days or a group of a dozen or so friends.

What you’ll need for ingredients:
1 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (Bob’s Red Mill variety)
1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Cornmeal (any grind level is fine…I actually used Bob’s Red Mill Polenta mix, but that is really just corn meal. Try different grinds to see which works best for you!)
4 Tablespoon Melted butter (plus a tablespoon or two extra for greasing the pan)
1 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 Large Egg


Two Bowls (one medium / one large)
8in Square Pan
An Oven

Paradise Lost was playing while I began this bread, and they fit perfectly with it. They are one of my favorite bands and just like this bread, I can never get enough of them. Their album, Shades of God is a landmark release. It bridged the gap between their guttural gothic era and their mid-career “as big as Metallica” era. Sadly the cover belongs on a page in your sisters nineties scrap book. Listen to it here.


First things first, set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 400 ºF. Stir together all of the dry ingredients into the larger sized bowl.

Take your melted butter, almond milk (you can really use any kind of milk, but I feel that the almond milk adds a sweetness that normal milk lacks), and egg and whisk these all together very quickly in the medium bowl. Once you have your liquid mixture ready, add it to the dry ingredient bowl and mix together very well. Don’t overdue it though, as the corn meal does not need to be beaten to a pulp.

Grease your pan and then pour your mixture into it. Bake for about 20 minutes. Use a toothpick to check your bread at the 20 minute mark. If it comes out clean, then you are ready to turn off the oven and pull out the pan. If it comes out a little “dirty”, then simply let the bread bake for a few more minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan until you are ready to serve.

This type of bread is definitely an “instant” sort of bread. As in, mix it, bake it, then serve it. It holds up fairly well, but unless you are entertaining anti-food people, it won’t last long.

Cut the bread into squares and serve with honey!


“I’ve cried for God
And i’ve cried for you
I pray that in the end your sense will break though.”
-Nick Holmes


Storm of The Bread’s Bane

Edition Number 2!!

This recipe is for a part whole wheat part rye part white flour bread. That may seem like a lot of parts, but like a well written song, this bread is well structured.

You’re going to be making two doughs and then combining them into one. It’s pretty easy.

What you’ll need for ingredients:

First Dough:
2/3 Cup Warm Water
1 Cup Rye Flour (I used Fairhaven Organic Rye Flour)
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (Bob’s Red Mill, can’t be beat!)
2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Teaspoon Salt

Second Dough:
2/3 Cup Room Temperature Water
2 1/4 Teaspoon Yeast
1 1/3 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (Bob’s again)


Two medium/large bowls (one for each bowl)
One 9″ x 5″ x 3″ Bread Pan
Spatula for mixing
Plastic Wrap
An oven

Oh, and some inspiration:


Dissection’s, “Storm of The Light’s Bane” and Nick Malgieri’s, “Bread” are what put this loaf together for me. It cannot be stated enough the importance of Dissection on extreme music. Adding everything from pure melodies, angel ripping riffs, and some of the best lyrics around, Dissection are a force to be reckoned with. Check them out here. As for the bread guy, he’s the author of over ten cookbooks and according to the back of the book, he is currently the director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. Visit him online at www.nickmalgieri.com.

Here we go.

First thing you are going to want to do is get both of the doughs ready. Mix the first dough’s ingredients all together in one bowl. You will get a rough dough and it won’t look like much. In fact, it will be a bit difficult to mix after about 10 minutes of stirring, but that’s just the way it is. Once the dough is all together and well mixed, take some plastic wrap and cover the top of the bowl.

Now do the same with the second dough. Cover this too with plastic wrap.

Let both breads proof for about an hour. Take this hour to either start your Dissection album over again or put on The Somberlain (their first). More death metal than Storm…the heaviness adds to the bread. Trust me.

After the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap from each bowl and take the second dough and place it into the first dough bowl. Here is where you mix them together! Using some good forearm strength, mix the two doughs together until they are well mixed. This took me about ten minutes of solid mixing.
I should note, you can easily use a Kitchen Aid Mixer in this recipe too…just depends on how you want to do it. I try to make all of my breads by hand. Anyway, I digress…

Once the doughs are well mixed, place some plastic wrap over the bowl and let proof for 30 minutes.

Once the second round of your bread resting is done, flour a nice flat work surface and scrape out the dough and begin to knead it. Folding the sides in, inverting, repeating…do this for about 5-8 minutes and then return it to your bowl. Cover and let it rest for about 45 minutes.

Tired of waiting yet? You shouldn’t be. Think of all the things that can be done while your bread is rising! Read some liner notes, practice air guitar, practice real guitar, read a book, do a puzzle, call your friends, etc.

After the 45 minutes is up, take the loaf and scrape it back out onto your floured work surface. Don’t deflate it too much. You’ll need that air. Make the dough into a square and then fold it and roll it so it will fit in your bread pan. Remember before you put it in your pan, to grease your pan! Once it is ready, place the dough in it. Cover with plastic wrap again and let proof until it reaches the top of the pan. This took about 30 minutes in my house with average room temperature.

Once it reaches the top of the pan, turn your oven onto bake at 400 ºF. When your oven is pre-heated, take the plastic wrap off of your bread pan and place it into your oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 375 ºF and bake for 35 minutes (or so). Your bread should be a nice golden brown and a toothpick should come out pretty clean after doing the toothpick test.

And BAM! You have yourself a healthy wholesome bread to use for sandwiches, snacks, or whatever else you can think of with bread. The mixture of wheat and rye make a really sweet tasting bread. Not overpowering in any format and just a great simple bread.


This recipe is super versatile. Your first dough (the wheat dough) can be a mixture of just about any flour. Please share with me your experience(s) with this recipe, or if you have your own to share, please comment below or email me at: breadfiredeath@gmail.com and I will post it up!

“Hear the choirs,
Was it the wind that brought back their cries?
Once forged in blood by tragedy,
Dark were the thorns of crimson death”
-Jon Nödtveidt




What you see before you is the beginning of a project I have thought about for ages (ok, a few years). I, Justin Kaye, am a rabid Metalhead who also happens to be an avid Baker. I have been called, “The Convexicutioner”, the “Martha Stewart of Metal” and a, “Defender of the Rye.” While I do enjoy these titles, I really just want to spread the knowledge, joy, and overall awesomeness that is baking. From breads, to cakes, to cookies…and hopefully a lot of things in between, I will be sharing with you all easy to follow recipes.


Now, what is the connection? Metal is fast, heavy, slow, aggressive, melancholic, satanic, evil, dark, light…you get it (and you should KNOW IT…Dio is watching). Baking is all of these things as well. Kneading bread is like a heavy riff forming before you. Whisking together sugar and butter is a blast beat waiting to happen. And we cannot forget FIRE. Heat causes numerous ingredients to meld together and form a delicious concoction.

I, Justin Kaye, the Defender of the Rye, hereby invite you to experiment with your oven. Join my Metal-Baking revolution.


All sorrows are less with bread. ” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“There is a serpent in every Eden
Slick as grease and cold as ice
There is a lie in every meaning
Rest assured to fool you twice”