We've been on holiday, and we're back. Sort of. (Our return and the following week almost got me on my knees begging for a retreat in a hammam for at least a day or two! More later)
Black Bread – indecisive styleSOUR DOUGH
Medium rye flour 300 gr (I used 200 sharp rye and 100gr whole wheat)
* If you don’t have any active starter at hand, I think you can cheat by using a small amount (say 5 g fresh or 0,5 tsp instant dry yeast) instead.
** I used rye sourdough bread, but I guess any old unsweetened bread will do, or any old bread in general. Soooo I used ready made coarse breadcrumbs "paneermeel", or Panko?
I'll refer you to Görel for the directions. My tweaks are above in red. Why tweak a tested and tweaked recipe? Well, during our state of Babe-ness we Dutchies discovered that our rye flour is very different from other ryes, which makes following a recipe with these amounts of rye more difficult. Normally I would have tried to mix sharp full rye meal with rye flour to make it approachable, been to the mill three times and they were out every single time! Oh and I tossed my SD starter. So I used instant yeast. Yes. Tweaked ánd Cheated. Bad Bad Babe!
I can tell you however that the mixing of my sharp -full whole rye- and whole wheat plus the addition of the gluten powder (of which I think you normally can stay away from) made this dough behave and thus proof like a regular bread dough. I made sure I didn't overknead and proofing time for both 1st and shape were relatively short (approx. 1 to 1.5 hour). Sadly enough an inpromptu visit to the dentist made for overproofed loaves, so I bet they could have looked better than this.
Verdict: This bread needs some time to make friends. The entire family objected the first time and fought each other to get to the supermarket bread! But the day after... somehow the overall opinion changed and I saw kids and husband making and enjoying sandwiches!
I think I would prefer to leave out the onion next time, not sure but I think that's what made it hard to love at first sight. Oh and use espresso powder instead of ground coffee. Yep. Great challenge Görel, I enjoyed baking!
If you like to join us and become a Bread Baking Buddy, you'll have time until 7th September to bake this challenge! For info check back to Görels site. For other Russian Blacks see the BBBabes in the sidebar!