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Coffee Flavored Rye Bread

isand66's picture

Coffee Flavored Rye Bread



I finally got a chance to bake some bread tonight after making a bunch of pizza over the weekend for my family.

I don’t even like coffee, but I actually love the smell and if you throw in some ice and a little sugar I can be convinced to drink a glass or two.  Anyway, I was all set to make an adaptation of a bread I discovered on the internet called a Hawaiian Sour Dough when I realized I didn’t have enough starter or all of the ingredients necessary to make this bread.  Instead I decided to put our new Keurig to good use and brewed some Mudslide flavored coffee.  I added this in place of most of the water in my recipe along with my sour dough starter, rye flours, spelt flour and some wheat germ.  For good  measure I added some carmelized onions that I had left over from my barbecue pizza and also used some pistachio oil I had bought a little while ago.  I thought the nutty oil would go well with the rye flours and flavorful coffee.

I do have to admit that the dough smelled amazing before it went into the oven from the mudslide coffee and hopefully when I cut into the loaf tomorrow morning it will taste even better.


15.5 ounces 65% Hydration Starter Refreshed

11 oz. Coffee  cooled to 90 degrees F. (I used Mudslide flavored coffee)

4 oz. water (90 degrees F.)

9 ounces First Clear Flour (or strong bread flour)

4 ounces White Rye Flour

4 ounces Pumpernickel Flour

2 ounces Spelt Flour

1 ounce  Wheat Germ

2.5 ounces Carmelized Onions

2 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon Pistachio Oil


Using your stand mixer or by hand, mix the coffee and water with the starter to break up the starter.

Add the flours, salt, oil, and onions and mix on the lowest speed for 2 minutes.  Let rest for 5 minutes

Mix for 4 minutes more on medium speed, adding more flour if necessary to produce a slightly sticky ball of dough.

Remove dough to your lightly floured work surface and need for 1 minute and form a ball.

Leave uncovered for 10 minutes.

Do a stretch and fold and form into a ball again and cover with a clean moist cloth or oiled plastic wrap.

After another 10 minutes do another stretch and fold and put into a lightly oiled bowl that has enough room so the dough can double overnight.

Leave the covered dough in your bowl at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 hours and then put it in your refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days.

When ready to bake the bread, take the bowl out of your refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours.  After 2 hours shape the dough as desired being careful not to handle the dough too roughly so you don’t de-gas it.  Place it in your bowl, banneton or shape into baguettes.


Let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours covered with oiled plastic wrap or a wet cloth.

Pre-heat oven with baking stone (I use one on bottom and one on top shelf of my oven), to 500 degrees F.

Slash loaves as desired and place empty pan in bottom shelf of oven.

Pour 1 cup of very hot water into pan and place loaves into oven.

Lower oven to 450 Degrees and bake for 25 – 35 minutes until bread is golden brown and internal temperature reaches 200 degrees.

Let cool on cooling rack and enjoy!

The final dough had a nice subtle rye flavor with some sour undertones.  You don’t really taste the coffee flavor very much and the crumb was a little tighter than I would have liked.  Overall the bread was a success and is worth making again.

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dabrownman's picture

That's my kind of bread!  Looks like you got pretty good spring from the slashes opening up the way they did.  With at least 50 % non white flours, the crumb will tend to be less open for sure but it still has some nice airiness to it.  I think the crumb is really pretty good.   I'm surprised you can't taste the coffee much.  When I make this I will add a tsp of espresso powder to the coffee to try to bring it out and possibly some pistachio nuts.  You can't go wrong with caramelized onions on or in anything can you?

Very nice crust on this bread too Ian.  Nice bake. 

I have the levain going for St Paddy's day something bread.  Haven't decided what though.  It will have brown, green and Guinness in it though.  If I was doing bialy's Iwould put corned beef in the filling with caraelized onions  !

isand66's picture

Thanks are right about the tighter crumb, but when I finished this post I was still half asleep and wasn't thinking straight.

I think adding the expresso powder would probably give it a much stronger coffee flavor and is worth trying.  If anything I think the coffee I added made the overall dough a little sweet which is not a bad thing.

I was very happy with the crust...thank you.

I love carmelized onions...if you make this bread, I would bump up the amount as I only had a little left from the night before and I think the bread could have used a bit more.

I look forward to reading about your St. Paddy's day bread.

I'm working on a Hawaiian bread tonight hopefully.  I will change it a little bit but try to stay true to the original recipe if I can manage  :)

Thanks for the comments!

I just had a piece of the bread after it sat for an entire day and I could actually taste the Mudslide coffee as a much more profound flavor.  I like this bread a lot more now that it has had time to develop its flavor a little more.

dabrownman's picture

the fridge but I took it out to give you a sneak peek.   St Patrick won't mind.  Got the corned beef ready to go.  I cook it twice.  First time a simmer to get rid of the salt then I bake it covered in home made mustard to get the crispy tasty brown bits ansdmake it taste great.  Makes great sandwiches and you know how much i love a good sandwich.  The bread is white and green balls stacked on top of each other.  Made SD - with Guinness of course.  Hopefully it will look good when cut.  I'm doing it Tartine in a DO to get that great crust again - one you can't see through and know what is underneath.

isand66's picture

Wow!  You've out-done yourself!

I can't wait to see the recipe and the final bread.  I've made a green dough before using spinach.  The corn beef sounds mouth watering.


FlourChild's picture

The crust is great and the crumb looks shiny and translucent- yum.   You all make me realize I'm behind in planning St Pat's day meal :)

isand66's picture

Thank Flour Child.  I appreciate the compliment.

Regards Ian