Black Bread

Black Bread

3 1/2 to 4 C all-purpose flour

4 C. Rye Flour

2 C. Whole Bran Cereal

2 pkg. Active Dry Yeast

2 T. Instant Coffee Crystals

2 T. Caraway Seed

1 T. Sugar

1 T. Salt

1 tsp. Fennel Seed, crushed

2 1/2 C. Water

1/3 C. Molasses

1 C. Butter or Margarine

1 square (1oz.) Unsweetened Chocolate

2 T. Vinegar

1 T. Cornstarch

1/2 C. Cold Water


In a large mixer bowl, combine 3 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup of rye flour, the bran cereal, yeast, coffee crystals, caraway, sugar, salt and fennel. In a saucepan, heat water, molasses, butter or margarine, chocolate and vinegar until warm–110 to 115 degrees–stirring constantly until chocolate and butter are almost melted. Add liquid to dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat a half-minute at low speed, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Then beat 3 minutes at high. By hand, stir in remaining rye flour and enough of the all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Dough may be slightly sticky. Shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover and let rise in warm place for 1 1/4 to a 1/2 hours, or until almost double. Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape each half into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Cover and let rise in warm place 30 to 45 minutes, or until doubled. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until browned and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and cold water, and cook and stir until mixture thickens and bubbles. Cook a minute more and brush over the hot bread.


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