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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bavarian-style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread ...for World Bread Day 2010

How can something be kind of bitter...yet also comforting all at the same time?  It looms so prominently in front of you.  It beckons you with an unspoken promise of satisfaction...fulfillment...riches.  You can smell it.  It's luring you into its web.  Then suddenly you take a bite and are confronted by something far more strong and complex than you imagined.  Each move of the jaw releases a pungent...yet not unpleasant...assault to your taste buds.  Almost jaw-achingly chewy crust gives way to warm, tender insides.  Sure, that initial bubble of dreams you got caught up in has vanished...but a new world, full of possibilities looms before you.
Am I talking about Pumpernickel or my elimination from PFB 2010?  Perhaps both.  You decide.  Either way, I want to make sure that everybody who supported me and voted for me throughout the process knows how much I appreciate guys rock my world! I'm of the mind that whispers inspiring things like..."when one door closes, another one opens" and "things happen for a reason", no worries, my friends. 
Bavarian-style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread
from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
yield: 4 lbs. dough (easily halved or doubled)

2½ c. whole wheat flour
2¾ c. rye flour
2½ c. unbleached ap flour
1½ Tbs. granulated yeast
1 Tbs. kosher salt
¼ c. homemade liquid caramel color *see recipe below
¼ c. vital wheat gluten
1 Tbs. caraway seeds
2 Tbs. molasses
3¾ c. lukewarm water

Whisk together flours, yeast, salt, vital wheat gluten, and caraway seeds in a 5 quart bowl of lidded food container.

Combine liquid caramel color, molasses, and water and then mix them into dry ingredients, using a wooden spoon...switching to your hands in the end if necessary to mix in the dry ingredients.  Dough will be wet. 

Cover (not airtight), and allow dough to sit at room temperature until it rises and collapses (flattens), ~2 hours.

Use dough immediately, or refrigerate covered (not airtight) and use over next seven days.  Dough is easier to work with when refrigerated.

When you're ready to bake, cut off a piece of dough according to what you need.  I used a 1½ lb. piece to make this loaf.  I have yet to get myself a brotform/banneton (basket mold made for rising wetter dough), so I lined a bowl w/ a linen towel and dusted it very well with flour.  Sprinkle some flour on your work surface, then form dough into  a ball by stretching the surface of the dough to the bottom while rotating, quarter-inch turns.  Place loaf into bowl (or brotform/banneton), rounded side down.  Cover loosely w/ plastic or a floured towel and let rise at room temperature for ~90 minutes (or ~40 if using immediately w/out refrigerating).  This type of bread doesn't get a huge rise here.  (You could also make a free form loaf and let it rise on a floured pizza peel.)

Preheat oven to 450° F. during the last 30 minutes of rising time, placing your baking stone on the middle rack.  You can either place an empty metal broiler tray on a different rack (and add a cup of boiling water immediately after putting loaf into oven) or simply be ready to throw in some ice cubes like I do.  I did read somewhere that this lowers the temperature of the oven a bit duh!, but I like to do it this way.

Gently turn your basket/bowl upside down onto preheated stone.  Make ¼" deep slashes in a cross pattern on top.  Bake for ~35-40 minutes, until firm.  Allow to cool on rack. 
*Caramel Coloring
yield: ~¼ c.
(Caramel color powder is made by overheating sugar until it almost burns, use this in place of it if you can't find it, decreasing water by the amount used...which is what I already did in recipe above.)  This is very important for pumpernickel breads because it imparts a bitterness that compliments the wheat and rye flavors, as well as enhancing the color of the bread.

3 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. water
pinch Cream of Tartar
(¼ c. boiling water- reserved until the end)

Place sugar and water in a small saucepan.  Melt sugar over low flame, then increase heat to med-high.  Cover boil for 2 minutes.  Add cream of tartar and continue to boil, uncovered, until mixture becomes very dark.  WARNING: this happens in the blink of an eye...almost immediately w/ this amount, actually!  Remove from heat, allow to cool partially.  Very carefully stir in the boiling water to dissolve the caramelized sugar.  Store in fridge until needed (unless making and using immediately).

You decide to take that wisdom...the wisdom gained from having your expectations turned upside down and rearranged...and use it in new endeavors.  Perhaps you'll even slice it, butter it, grill it...add a little swiss and make it all melty, some hot corned beef, smelly-delicious sauerkraut, and that oddly-fascinating Thousand Island dressing...and make yourself a Reuben.  The world is your oyster...
World Bread Day 2010 (submission date October 16)

How will you celebrate World Bread Day 2010?
This bread has been Yeastspotted! A baked good for BYOB.  The reuben is heading over to Souper Sundays!
World Bread Day 2010 - Roundup

Would you like to comment?

  1. Love love love Pumpernickel bread, can't wait to make this. And fortunately for me, I am the only one here that likes it! Thanks.

  2. I'm so sorry you were eliminated :( Your bread looks incredible! I think I'll spend World Bread Day baking some bread and making your chorizo again and maybe some cupcakes :). (oh ya...and cleaning the house)

  3. That reuben looks amazing...I don't have the time to bake( who am I kidding!) but your description sounded so good that I'm heading to my fave organic bakery....sorry you were eliminated but it doesn't mean you are not the greatest cook out there....that you are!....You make me aware of the possibilities.....

  4. The bread looks great...Too bad you were eliminated...You did great.

  5. I'm sorry to hear about PFB 2010, I thought you did great all along the way. I love pumpernickel bread, so hearty and satisfying.

  6. Sorry to hear about PFB. I was definitely cheering you on!

    Pumpernickel is so good and I would love to make it at home as I can never find it in stores. Fresh baked pumpernickel sandwiching a yummy rueben sandwich sounds awesome to me right now!

    P.S. I've been seeing a lot of pumpernickel bread made into Halloween style grilled cheese sandwiches for kids using sharp cheddar. Guess it's the whole brown and orange coloring that makes it so cute. I don't know if you have any bread left, but I thought your kiddos might like that. My kids are all about Halloween.

  7. I know we talked about this already but you're so right. Everything does happen for a reason. And I think this elimination happened so that you and I can get back to what we do best, which is cooking things at our whim and not because some challenge has ordered it. Love this bread. And those sandwiches. They make my PB+J's look weak.

  8. Me encantan estos panes oscuros, magnifica receta que me voy a copiar.


  9. Beautiful Heather...and that sandwich!

  10. Every time I visited Germany for purposes of work i enjoyed two things; their breads and their sausages. I think that's says it all. I love German bread.

  11. looks sooooo great! Yum. I love dark breads.

  12. p.s: I adore your "smarmy a*#" comment. I totally hate when people post snarky mean stuff.

    I often feel like I'm the only one who sits there complaining at my phone (email)saying ...darn didn't anyone ever teach them if they dont have something nice to say...

  13. I have a newfound love for pump and rye bread, Yours looks divine! Can't wait to make it. Oh, yeah! I can smell it already. =)

  14. My husband just looke dover my shoulder and said, "Is that a f$%#ing reuben??" We're big fans :) Looks like I'll be making some tomorrow so he isn't jealous!

  15. Im sorry about the PFB. I believe
    the when one door closes the other
    door opens thing also. The reuben
    came out s good. I made cheese garlic biscuits.

  16. Aw Heather, I'm so sorry about the elimination. Hugs....... You did fantastic, remember that. And that daughter recently returned from spending almost a month in Germany so I'd better not let her see that bread or that's all I'll be making for the next week. And I agree with Cheryl, another door opens......

  17. My favorite bread in the whole wide world!

  18. I can't believe you were eliminated!!

  19. glad to hear you are being optimistic... I won't say I am sorry as I know with your zest and talent you will have several more opportunities... now about your bread... have heard a lot about pumpernickel bread but never ever tried it anywhere... I am a bread lover so you know it goes without saying I have to try it.

    US Masala

  20. This bread looks specatular. The sandwich is divine. Love your blog!:)

  21. I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't make it to the next had my support and you totally deserved it! But I'm glad that I can still visit your blog, regardless of the contest. This bread looks beautiful, and the photo of your sandwich is drool-worthy! Thank you for all your kind words on my blog...your thoughts are so appreciated.

  22. It is so their loss!!! Look at that Reuben sandwich - it is perfection and deliciousness all in one. I so want one now.

  23. I was crushed when I saw you were eliminated!! You and Joanne were 2 of my favorites! Oh well. You did good!

    Bread looks great, I can smell it from here!

  24. Çok güzel çok leziz ve iştah açıcı olmuş. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık.


  25. bravo chef!! You did an outstanding job with that beautiful loaf....I would have loved to have shared it with you! You had my vote in the fb challenge, I was sorry to see you did not advance, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason for some that did....
    Thanks for such a well written, informative post!

  26. I was booted out after round 1 in the challenge so you deservingly went quite far my friend.Thanks for sharing this heartwarming bread with us today for such a good cause!

  27. Gorgeous looking bread, absolutely stunning..

  28. What? Their loss! Anyways, this bread is GORGEOUS! Happy eating it.

  29. Heather - this bread opens doors. Sorry about the challenge - you can hold your head up high! And then break bread with all your followers.

  30. Wow, you made Pumpernickel from scratch!! Great job! I am not into Pumpernickel, I prefer the unhealthy white bread ;), but I still think it's great that you baked Pumpernickel yourself!

  31. This is one of my very favorite types of bread, but I do not ever remember seeing one so beautiful!
    I was shocked that you did not advance in PFB, but I agree with Dennis. And each of your challenges were spot on and perfect!

  32. This looks so professionally baked. Love its chocolaty colour!

  33. I am so thrilled to have come across your blog. I've been sitting here paroozing for 10 minutes. I can't wait to read more and more! There are so many wonderful things on here that I will actually be making! Thank you so much for sharing!

  34. You already know my view on the PFB elimination--I am concerned about the sanity of the judges. ;-( But better things are sure to come my friend.

    Speaking of better things--that bread and the rueben are looking mighty good to me. Thanks for sending them along to Souper Sundays and helping me celebrate 2 years of soup! ;-)

  35. I was amazed when I got the the most recent round and saw how many of my favorites were no longer in the running.

    But it doesn't change my mind. Your blog still rocks and I love not only the bread but the sandwich too. I love a great reuben.

  36. Mmm, Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread, my favourite! I love the slightly sour tang of it. Looks perfect! Hope you had a most excellent World Bread Day. xo

  37. Looks awesome! Never made Pumpernikel, but I will now. Thank you for participating in World Bread Day.

  38. This is a gorgeous bread! I have not yet dared to use rye to make a bread. Love love love the color.