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    Russian Black Bread (Rolls or Loaves)

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    2 hrs 5 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 50 mins

    Annisette's Note:

    This is a heavy, dark bread. Posted for ZWT 2006. This recipe makes either 24 rolls or 2 round loaves. Cooking time includes rising times, and will also depend on whether you're making rolls or loaves.

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    1. 1
      In a medium saucepan, heat water, molasses, oil, and baking chocolate until very warm (120F - 130F degrees). The chocolate does not need to be completely melted.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, blend all-purpose flour, bran, sugar, coffee, salt, onion powder, fennel seed, and yeast at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
    3. 3
      Stir in, by hand, the rye flour.
    4. 4
      On well-floured working surface, knead the dough, adding 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups additional all-purpose flour as needed, until dough is smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Dough will be slightly sticky.
    5. 5
      Place dough in a greased bowl, and then turn the dough so the greased side is up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until not quite doubled in size (about 45-60 minutes).
    6. 6
      Generously grease (not oil) two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans or cookie sheets. Punch down dough.
    7. 7
      For Rolls: divide dough into 24 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place in prepared round cake pans.
    8. 8
      For Loaves: divide dough in half and shape each half into rounds. Place in prepared pans.
    9. 9
      Cover and let rise in warm place until not quite doubled in size (30-45 minutes).
    10. 10
      Heat oven to 375F degrees. If desired, brush rolls or loaves with mixture of 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water.
    11. 11
      Bake rolls for 35-40 minutes. Bake loaves for 45-55 minutes, or until crust is dark brown and loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped.
    12. 12
      Immediately remove from pans and allow to cool.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 05, 2007


      Yes this is a heavy bread, but very flavorful. I made 1/2 recipe and 1 loaf. Good with cheese. Would make a nice "party" bread if made in smaller loaves.

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    • on July 15, 2006


      I reduced the amounts to make one loaf and used the dough cycle on the bread machine for mixing. This is a very heavy, dense bread but has a good flavor. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Russian Black Bread (Rolls or Loaves)

    Serving Size: 1 (1665 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 159.0
    Calories from Fat 30
    Total Fat 3.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 295.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
    Sugars 4.7 g
    Protein 3.3 g

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