Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bohemian Black Bread

This one is really quite good.

2 pound loaf:

1 1/2 cups warm water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons molasses

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/3 cups medium or dark rye flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon gluten
2 teaspoons espresso powder (alternatively, finely ground dark roast coffee)
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons SAF (regular) yeast, or 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

You can add 1/4 cup flax seeds, and 1/4 cup 9 grain cereal, in addition to the ingredients listed. This makes a very robust whole grain bread. It's very very good for toasting, and goes well with butter, or butter and a good jam. Like an orange marmelade or a Polaners or Shmuckers.

The 9 grain cereal is from Natural Grocers in Pueblo. They have a pretty good selection of seeds, whole grains, and specialty flours.