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Guinness Rye Fennel Bread

00Eve00's picture

Guinness Rye Fennel Bread

I found this recipe on Wild Yeast and since I love Guinness, I had to try it.  It's a great tasting bread.  I had a sandwich made with sharp cheddar and horseradish mustard.

You can see that the first boule opened more than the second.  I think this is because I forgot brush the scoring of the second boule with water and it formed a crust too quickly....despite having steam.  I'm pretty happy with the results though.

Don't mind my crappy photography skills.  Hehe.

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Matt H

Oh, nice. Just a week too late for St. Paddy's Day.

What was the mix of flours in the loaf?

00Eve00's picture

Thank you. :)  It's a bummer that it was late for St. Paddy's Day, I had the hardest time finding rye flour.  Next time though.

The recipe called for about 36% rye flour (coarsely ground).  The rest was unbleached AP or bread flour.  The only rye flour I could find was Bob's Red Mill Whole Rye flour.

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Mini Oven

I've used Bob's Red Mill whole rye, a little coarse but it works!  Good looking crumb.  A lot of nice expansion in the scores, don't be afraid to crank up the oven a notch to get a darker crust.  :)