My wife asked me to make a simple Pumpernickel bread to bring to my Nieces birthday party this past Saturday. She wanted to stuff it with her Sour Cream Spinach Dip and I didn’t have a lot of time since she asked me Friday afternoon.
I decided to adapt a few recipes I found in some of my baking books and came up with a bread similar to what you would find in a bakery but without the rye starter typically used. The final bread came out perfect for the dip and I made a second one for sandwiches.
The crumb was tight which is ideal for this type of bread. You can taste the crushed caraway seeds and molasses in this one.
It worked real well for my dinner last night of pastrami with melted Munster cheese.
It was a busy weekend and I made some smoked wings with a spiced paste marinade and citrus balsamic glaze and caramelized smoked onions for a Labor Day party at our friends house. Everyone seemed to enjoy them since there were none left at the end of the day.
Link to BreadStorm files.
Add dehydrated onions to water first. Next mix all of the flours together in your mixing bowl along with the instant yeast and cocoa powder. (Note: I used a double dark cocoa powder).
Next add in the water and mix for one minute until the ingredients come together. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes and then add in the remainder of the ingredients. (Note: I used my coffee grinder to crush the caraway seeds or you can use a mortar and pestle). Mix on low for 5 minutes and speed number 2 for 1 minute. Take the dough out of your mixing bowl and place in a slightly oiled container/rising bucket. Do a few stretch and folds and place the dough in your refrigerator overnight.
The next day take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for around 1 hour. Shape it as desired and place in a basket or shape batards. In the meantime warm your oven to the highest setting and prepare it for steam. My oven goes up to 550 degrees F.
After approximately 1 hour the dough should have increased in size around 1/3 or so and pass the poke test. Score as desired and place in your oven with steam. Lower the oven after 1 minute to 450 degrees and bake until the internal temperature is 210 degrees which should take around 20-25 minutes.
Let the bread rest for at least 1.5 hours before diving in.
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