I need a recipe for very dark bread. Can I make it black?
Hi... I am new here :)
I am part of a historical re-enactment group (the SCA) and my household and I are creating a medieval feast this October! As part of our feast, we wanted to do something kind of silly and special and use our kingdom's heraldry in a dish.
The dish itself is a sort of cheese lasagna, and we want to put a thin slice of black bread on top to make the image. In order to work it must be VERY dark. It is supposed to be black, and I want to get as close as possible to black.
The flavor, as long as it goes with cheese (both sweet and savory) doesn't matter. The bread will be baked in tubes to make the shape we need, then sliced and toasted with bits of cheese to decorate it.
I have done a lot of searching for dark bread recipes, but no one seems to have made one available that focuses on the darkness of the color. Understandably, most are more interested in the flavor, but I am not. Very little of my black bread will be eaten, it is mostly an edible decoration so it doesn't have to be the most fabulous recipe ever.
One thing that I prefer in the recipe is that I want it to be medieval compatible (that is not using modern ingredients like coffee) although an actual historic recipe would make my day!
On another note, I am a total novice baker (though other members of our feat team are pretty good!) so if you want to give me tips to make bread darker, please make them simple so I don't get lost in the baking jargon. It's a little overwhelming!
-Taran mac Tarl'a Glyn Dwfn, An Tir