Supreme Rye Bread – The Soft Rye Bread Everybody Will Love

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Supreme Rye Bread - The Soft Rye Bread Everybody Will Love
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: German
Serves: 2
Today we're going to bake a unique rye bread that everyone will love. This bread has the amazing flavor of rye bread, but the light texture of a regular white farm loaf.
  • 625ml Warm water
  • 60g Black strap molasses
  • 30g Butter, melted
  • 30ml Brown sugar
  • 18g Soy lecithin (available at most health shops)
  • 20g Instant yeast
  • 600g Strong white bread flour
  • 300g Stoneground rye flour
  • 20ml Salt
  • 10ml Caraway or fennel seeds
  1. To start, pour 625ml of warm water into your mixer bowl.
  2. Add 60g of black strap molasses and stir this in briefly.
  3. Pour in 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 30g of melted butter, 20g instant yeast and 18g of soy lecithin.
  4. The lecithin binds the oil in the melted butter to the water. This dramatically increases the shelf life of the bread. In addition, rye flour has a low gluten content and the lecithin replaces this shortage in order that rye loaf will rise as well as regular bread does.
  5. Use your stick blender to shear the lecithin into the liquids.
  6. Cover the bowl and give it 15 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  7. In the meantime, measure out 600g strong white bread flour, 300g stoneground rye flour, 4 teastoons salt and 2 teaspoons caraway or fennel seeds.
  8. Add these four ingredients to the yeast liquid.
  9. Place the bowl on your mixer with the dough hook attached and knead the dough on slow speed for 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium slow for a further 8 minutes.
  10. You will have a beautifully smmoth dough that is only slightly sticky.
  11. Cover the bowl with cling-wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 60 minutes.
  12. While the dough rises, rub the insides of 2 large loaf pans with butter.
  13. Scatter flour over the inner surfaces of the pans and tip out any excess flour.
  14. As you can see this dough rises very well.
  15. Turn the dough out onto a lightly fliured work surface and knead it briefly to knock it down.
  16. Weigh the dough and divide it into 2 equal portions of around 850g.
  17. Working with one portion at a time, work the dough into a rectangle as with as the bread pan. Fold the top edge down two thirds of the way, then fold the botykm edge up over this.
  18. Place the rolled dough into the pan with seam side down. Flatten the roll to fill the bottm of the pan.
  19. Cover both pans and allow these yo rise for a further 30 minutes in a warm place.
  20. Once again, you can see clearly just how well this rises.
  21. Use a razor sharp knife to slash the tops of the loaves. Not only does this lokk cool, but it deflates the lids and prevents them from blowing while baking.
  22. Bake the loaves in a preheated oven at 220c or 430f for 25 to 30 minutes until the loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  23. Remove the loaves from the onen and turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.
  24. Allow the bread to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
  25. Here we can see the beautiful light texture with incredibly good oven spring.
  26. Thats it for today folks, thanks for joining us, please like, subscribe and share, and we'll see you again tomorrow.


How to Make Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut – courtesy of Microcosm Publishing

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How to Make Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut - courtesy of Microcosm Publishing
Recipe type: Vegetable / Fermenting
Cuisine: German
A few episodes back I introduced a new book all about natural fermentation, called Basic Fermentation, published by Microcosm Publishing. Consequently they have sent me the final hard cover copy to replace my preliminary copy. It is full of excellent fermentation recipes, all very clearly explained and accompanied with good quality full color photography. You can check out their website by clicking the link in the description below. Today we're going to feature another recipe from this book when we make a batch of delicious home-fermented sauerkraut.
  • Cabbage
  • Kosher salt
  1. We will be using a new technique to do this, as well as the traditional method.
  2. For the new technique, you will need to own a ham press which will negate the need for pressing plates and weights.
  3. To start, strip away any dodgy leaves on your cabbage.
  4. This cabbage is about 1.2kg once stripped. I will use half of this for each method.
  5. Use a large knife to cut the cabbage into quarters.
  6. Use a cleaver to cut away the heart from each quarter.
  7. Cut each quarter into thin strips.
  8. I have transferred half of this to a large non-reactive bowl, and measured out 18g of kosher salt. This is 3% of the weight of the cabbage. This makes it really simple to calculate the salt requirement no matter what quantity of cabbage you start with.
  9. Pour the salt over the cabbage and mix this in.
  10. Pack the cabbage into the ham press a little at a time, pressing it down firmly after each addition. This is a 1.5 liter press, and 600g of cabbage fits perfectly, filling to an inch below the rim.
  11. Insert the pressure plate and secure the lid and you're done.
  12. For the traditional method, place the remaining cabbage in a large non-reactive bowl and add 3% salt to the cabbage. Mix the salt into the cabbage.
  13. Pack the cabbage into a tall cylindrical glass or ceramic container, pressing it down firmly after each addition.
  14. Now you will need something to press the cabbage. I am using a glass tumbler with closed end in contact with the cabbage.
  15. To press this down, I have a short langth of bamboo, but you could use anything from a pencil to a butter knife for this.
  16. Place the stick across the tumbler.
  17. Loop a long elastic band underneat the container and bring the ends up to the stick. The elastic will pull the stick downwards, applying pressure to the tumbler and the cabbage.
  18. Transfer the container and the ham press to a warm shady place to ferment.
  19. After 10 to 14 days, your sauerkraut will be ready to eat. This is when you will notice the vast difference between home-fermented kraut and the packaged or canned versions. This is bright in appearance, with loads of crunch and an amazingly vibrant pickle flavor.
  20. All you need to now is enjoy your masterpiece.
  21. Thanks for joining us today, please subscribe, like and share and we'll see you again tomorrow.


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