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Bohemian Blackbread : Photo

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SylviaH

Bohemian Blackbread : Photo

This is another recipe from Beth Hensperger...This bread is intoxicating!  I love it and I can't believe how wonderful light and airy it is with a crisp to the thin crust...I baked it under cover for 30 min. steamed it about 5 seconds, uncovered and baked another 20 min...registered 200 done!


I had everyting except the fennel seeds...darn!...couldn't keep my nose from smelling the cooling chocolate, caraway sent!...I thought the taste was very good....I can just imagine it with a poolish!!  This was actually set on a dough cycle last nite in my bread machine!  It finished at about 10AM this morning mixing and first rise of the dough!  Shaped it and put it into my pre-heated 400 oven..turned down to 350 and placed on a hot stone.  There is a very similar recipe given  on-line under Russian Black Bread my Beth Hensperger.


Thought I might as well give this one a try...since I was going to heat up my oven to make rolls that Howard had just listed recently...I'll post them a little later today.



Shaped



My X on top was rather blown away...prep. for dinner while it cooled!



Crumb is light and airy with a thin crispy crust.



Crumb shot! There is Wheat Bran, Medium Rye Flour, Bread Flour, Caraway seed, Chocolate, and I used Robust Molasses and Expresso Powder.


Sylvia


 


 


 

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Wisecarver (not verified)

...It's perfect. ;-)

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Floydm

That is pretty amazing.  Nice work!

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ehanner

Sylvia, that looks very nice. I have never tried a black bread and yours looks so delicious I may just give it a try.


 


Eric

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SylviaH

Eric, Thank you, I never thought I would get hooked on black bread...but it is delicious!  I can't wait to try Beth Henspergers other recipe in her book The Bread Bible not her Bread Machine Book....it has 20 ingredients in it using some whole wheat flour, apple cider vinegar....it is discribed as dense, abundantly complex, hearty and flavorful!!


Sylvia

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holds99

Sylvia,


That's a lovely loaf...Nice going!


Howard

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LindyD

Sounds like a terrific combination - sure is a great looking bread!


Where did you find medium rye flour?

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SylviaH

LindyD, thank you....the rye I used in this recipe came from some I had ordered from The King Arthur site when they had a special during the holidays.


Sylvia

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SylviaH

Thank you all for the very nice compliments.  This one is a keeper for me!


Sylvia

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ryeaskrye

A bread after my own tastes.


In that 2nd pic, I see red cabbage, red wine vinegar, apples, bacon...making some Blaukraut to go with that wonderful loaf?

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SylviaH

Thank you ryeaskrye,  the English version is called Suffolk Red Cabbage...same thing.....very good and I love cabbage!


Sylvia