Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs
The vinegar adds a bit of a bite
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1 cup rye flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- Place ingredients into the bread machine in order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Use the whole wheat, regular crust setting.
- After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on a cake rack, and allow to cool for 1 hour before slicing.
This bread has a beautiful, tender crumb with the bonus of a thin, crispy crust (baked in the round and sprinkled on oats). I found the cocoa, or maybe it's the vinegar, to have 'bite' and probably would cut back a tad. It brought to mind that I wish I had a hot Russian boyfriend to impress...but I don't think my husband would permit it.