American Black Bread Recipe
This American Black Bread recipe makes 1 large loaf.
What You Need
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup strong black coffee, lukewarm
4 tablespoons dark molasses
4 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons butter
1 oz. (1 square) unsweetened dark chocolate, cut up
3 cups rye flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
3/4 to 1 cup unbleached white flour
What To Do
1. Using a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm coffee.
2. In a saucepan, combine molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in butter and chocolate. When butter and chocolate have melted, set aside and cool to lukewarm.
3. When butter-chocolate mixture reaches lukewarm, add to yeast-coffee, then stir in rye flour, salt, caraway and fennel seeds, and as much of the white flour as can readily be absorbed.
4. Turn dough out onto floured surface and allow to rest briefly.
5. Clean and grease the mixing bowl, then knead the dough (add more white flour if dough becomes too tacky) until it is smooth and resilient (about 10 minutes).
6. Return dough to the greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray. Allow dough to rise for about 4-5 hours, until it has doubled.
7. Once doubled, punch dough down and knead another 5 minutes, then shape it into a round loaf.
8. Place loaf on greased baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let rise another 1 1/2 to 2 hours (loaf should double in size again).
9. Preheat oven to 375F and bake about 45 minutes, until deeply browned on top. Let cool on rack.
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