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Rose's Rye

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Candango

Rose's Rye

I have just finished making a loaf of Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Levy's real Jewish Rye Bread", from "The Bread Bible."  I had made variations of her formula noted in other blogs and only recently obtained a copy of the book which has her original recipe.  With all the waiting (autolyses) and rising times, this bread was almost a 24 hour project.  I started the sponge at about 3 pm yesterday and took the finished loaf out of the oven at 3 pm today.  It has now cooled and I sliced it in order to give half to friends.  As I don't have a cloche, I shaped the dough into a batard and gave it "spiral" slashes.  It worked.  I know I should have weighed the ingredients but last night and this morning I used measuring cups for the flour and liquid.  I will have to try this again using the scale, as Rose says that the finished dough should weigh about 965 grams and mine weighed in at 860, about 3 oz. lighter.  Because of this, I shortened the baking time just a bit.  The crust came out a nice golden brown, and the crumb is "rye bread dense" without being pasty.  (I cut off the heel on one side and tried it with butter.  Yum.)  I will do this one again.


 


I just tried to insert two photos of the crust and the crumb and seemed to run into a problem.  The site replied that the max size is 600 x 800 and that my files were too large.  Can anyone help?  Thanks in advance.  Candango

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Nickisafoodie's picture
Nickisafoodie

Use a photo editor to shrink the size of your picture- there is likely one already on your computer as part of the standard software that is typically preloaded when you initially purchased the PC.  I had a 3meg 4x6 photo that would not upload for the same reason.  I used the editor to shrink the photo to a size such that when i clicked on photo properties, the pixel counld be read.  Thus you can increase or decrease accordingly to meet the limitations imposed when uploading.  Hope this helps,


Cheers

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Candango

Thanks Nick,  I'll give it a try.

jstreed1476's picture
jstreed1476

I make it about every third week or so. I've made it as a boule and batard, and I think the batard always turns out better--the texture comes out more evenly, I think.


Did you reduce the amount of caraway? I did--I think she calls for two tablespoons, but I only use two teaspoons. And sometimes I substitute a bit of fennel seed for part of the caraway. I've also had success turning this into a "pseudo-limpa" by replacing part of the water with pale ale, adding a bit more sugar (sometimes in the form of sorghum), and adding orange zest. Hardly authentic, but very tasty.

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Candango

I have made Rose's version only once so far and a "variation" of it (from Canada) twice.  Have not yet decided which I prefer, but both call for two T of caraway, which is a lot, but so good tasting that I have not reduced the amount yet.  I do intend to keep playing with this recipe.  It takes almost a day to make, but it is definitely worth it.