Recipe by Kat's Mom
Practically a meal by itself, this bread sounds packed with both taste and texture. Cannot wait to try this for a reuben sandwich. Start the "sponge" anywhere from 6 to 18 hours before you plan to make the bread. Found on the www.ILovePickles.com web site. Times are a guess-timate and do not include the 2 1/2 hours of rising time.
Top Review by LitaB
I have made this recipe numerous times now, and my whole family loves it! Not even the pickiest person can guess there's any sauerkraut in the recipe. Nobody can believe there's no sugar at all either! ;)
- 2 cups whole rye flour
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast (one package)
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1 1⁄2 cups sauerkraut (undrained)
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons caraway seeds
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup whole rye flour
- 4 -4 1⁄2 cups unbleached flour
- 1 egg white
Directions See How It's Made
- SPONGE (6-18 hours in advance): In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of rye flour, yeast and 1 1/2 cups of water until smooth.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 6 but no more than 18 hours (the mixture rises and falls as it ferments but should appear as a soft doughy mass when ready).
- Add sauerkraut, 1/2 cup warm water, shortening, caraway seeds, salt and 1 cup of rye flour; mix well with wooden spoon.
- Gradually stir in 3 cups of the unbleached flour to make a stiff dough (the dough will be quite sticky at first, becoming smoother and more elastic as flour is added in next steps).
- Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding enough of the remaining flour to keep dough from sticking.
- Knead until smooth, elastic and no longer sticky.
- Place dough in large clean bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until almost tripled in volume (1 1/2 to 2 hours).
- Punch dough down; divide in half.
- Knead each piece a few times, then shape into smooth round or oval loaves.
- Place each loaf on a greased cookie sheet; cover loosely with a towel and let rise until almost double in volume (about 50 minutes).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Brush top and sides of loaves with the beaten egg white.
- Make 3 to 4 slashes, 1/2-inch deep, on surface of loaves with a very sharp knife.
- Bake on middle rack in oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped.
- Slide onto cooling rack.
- Can be served slightly warm or completely cooled.