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A Heart as Black as Night

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Anne-Marie B

A Heart as Black as Night

This sourdough loaf owes its colour to activated charcoal. I discovered this bread and heaps of information on the use of charcoal on Bake-Street.com and could not resist. My dough did not look dark enough to me. I thought it resembled window putty so I added 1/2 gram extra charcoal. I still thought it was too light but resisted the temptation to add black food colouring. It turned quite dark during baking, so I need not have worried. It is a tasty loaf with a good crust and soft as a cloud inside.

To decorate my loaf I cut a stencil with hearts from baking paper both because I love baking and, while preparing it, the radio played Melanie Gardot singing: Your Heart is as Black as Night. An appropriate title for this post. Don't leave out the black sesame. It really complements the taste of this bread. 

Recipe here:  https://bake-street.com/en/sourdough-charcoal-bread/

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Danni3ll3

I remember seeing another black bread a few years ago and loved it. Yours is just beautiful.

Does the charcoal provide any flavour at all? 

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Anne-Marie B

Thank you. The amount of charcoa in the recipe is so small, in my case 3 grams, that it does not provide any flavour.

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dabrownman

Now Lucy wants to start making her own charcoal.  Oh My!

Well done and Happy baking

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Anne-Marie B

I have all the faith in the world that she will be successful. I doubt that there is any bread that she cannot make although I can understand if she avoids hot dog rolls.

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dabrownman

in virtual Metaverse 2.0

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nmygarden

Really spectacular, and the hearts truly seem to shine from the darkness. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring Lucy. She'll have to be watched closely for a while, especially around the woodpile.

 

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Bread1965

There's something oddly enticing about this loaf.. how does it taste?

Next time I'd consider skulls and hearts for the stencil.!! :)

 

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Anne-Marie B

A very tasty loaf. We had to apply self-discipline to avoid eating it in one sitting. But now you have got me thinking, black loaf + skulls = halloween.