Russian black bread #001

Yield: 2 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 cups Rye flour
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Salt
2 cups 100 percent bran cereal
2 tablespoons Caraway seed, crushed
2 teaspoons Instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons Onion powder
½ teaspoon Fennel seed, crushed
2 packs Dry active yeast
2½ cup Water
¼ cup Vinegar
¼ cup Dark molasses
1 ounce Unsweetened chocolate
¼ cup Butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
½ cup Cold water

Combine rye and all-purpose flour, set aside. In large bowl thoroughly mix 2⅓ cups flour mixture, sugar, salt, cereal, caraway seed, instant coffee granules, onion powder, fennel seed and yeast.

Combine water, vinegar, molasses, chocolate and butter in saucepan.

Warm over low heat. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Add ½ cup flour mixture. Beat at high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough additional flour mixture to make soft dough. Turn out on lightly floured board. Cover dough with bowl.

Let rest 15 minutes. Then knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 to 15 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.) Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Divide dough in half, form into 2 loaves and place in 9-by-5- inch loaf pans. Or form into 2 round balls and place on greased baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on the top. Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and ½ cup cold water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Stir constantly for 1 minute. As soon as bread is baked, brush cornstarch mixture over tops of loaves. Return bread to oven. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until glaze is set. Remove from pans. Cool on wire racks.

ORIGIN: Oksanna Goloschova, Moscow-Russia, Circa 1994

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