Old World Black Bread
This really is an old world type black bread.
It is one of the wonderful recipes from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook called Country Baking Cookbook: Recipes for Freshly Baked Goodies From Grandma's Kitchen.
Combine the water, vinegar, corn syrup and butter in a medium saucepan. Heat over low heat until just warm, butter does not need to be completely melted. Add to the cocoa mixture and blend well. Add the dissolved yeast and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in enough additional flour mixture, one cup at a time, until the dough no longer clings to the sides of the bowl.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes (see video below for instructions on kneading). Place in a greased bowl and turn the greased side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until double.
Punch down and turn onto a lightly floured board. Divide the dough in half and shape each portion into a smooth ball. Place each ball in the center of a greased 8 inch round cake pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until double.
Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes or until the loaves sound hollow when tapped lightly. Remove from the pans and place on wire racks.
Makes 2 loaves.
Nutritional Analysis Per Slice
Based on 15 slices per loaf.
Calories 142; Calories from Fat 22; Total Fat 2.4g; Saturated Fat 1.1g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 4mg; Sodium 167mg; Total Carbohydrates 27.8g; Dietary Fiber 4.7g; Sugars 2.6g; Protein 4.4g; Vitamin A 1%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 2%; Iron 12%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
This recipe reminds me of the breads my Austrian grandfather would make.
It is a dark rye bread recipe, darkened with the addition of a few teaspoons of instant coffee granules.
If you are a novice bread baker, don't let the idea of making a yeast bread instill fear in your heart.
Bread baking with yeast isn't really that difficult, although you may need to try it a few times to perfect it.
There is a handy video on kneading bread dough below the recipe. Be sure to check it out before you try it.
If you love this black bread recipe you may want to give our oatmeal bread a try too.
Find all of our bread recipes here.
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