Simple Pumpernickel Bread
Night before Ingredients:
· 1 cup dark rye flour
· ¾ cup warm water
· ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
Combine all of the “night before ingredients” into a bowl and mix until smooth.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest on the counter .
Pour the night before mixture into mixing bowl
· 1 cup warm water
· ½ cup bran flakes
· 2 Tablespoons molasses
· 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
· 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
· 1 ½ teaspoons salt
· 1 teaspoon instant yeast
· ½ cup whole wheat flour
Mix the above until smooth and let rest uncovered 10 minutes.
· 2 ½ cups bread flour (1/2 cup at a time)
Knead for (if using stand mixer you can knead with bread hook)
Place sticky but not too sticky dough into oiled bowl.
Turn over a few times to lightly coat all sides.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for .
After resting, pour dough out onto a flat surface and cut in half.
Shape each piece into a log shape.
Take parchment paper, laid on large baking sheet and sprinkle with some cornmeal.
Place loaves onto the cornmeal, cover with plastic wrap and let rest
At 45 minutes begin preheating oven at 425 degrees.
Place cast iron skillet on bottom rack of oven to heat as well.
Sprinkle a little whole wheat flour on top of the bread loaves and score with a sharp knife.
Place the loaves in the oven.
Pour 1 cup of hot water into the cast iron skillet to steam the bread and close the oven door.
Bake minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on wire rack.