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Basic black bread 140 minutes

Introducing my basic black bread recipe. This bread is super light and fluffy great for morning toast or sandwiches.

I've been reading up a lot about bread there's so many kinds out there. I wanted to understand how the ingredients we add can change the texture of the bread that and the differences in temperature to knead or not to knead etc.

Truth is it really all depends on the type of bread you want.

I REALLY wanted to make a sandwich bread with a light crumb that bounces right back when touched.

The one I made this time around has more fat which in turn makes it softer and fluffier. The fat that you use will also change the texture/taste of the bread if you use margarine instead of vegan butter or even coconut oil for instance. You can use less of it or even coconut oil for instance. You can use less of it or more too. Again it depends on the texture you want. A lot of people wont like the idea of adding 'fat' to a recipe know that fat isn't synonymous with unhealthy. Too much of it can be bad of course but if used in moderation there really isn't anything to worry about.

Moderation and balance is key :)

There are many things you can do to help soften your bread brushing the outside with a little oil or fat as soon as you take it out of the oven will make the outside less crunchy. You can also substitute milk (soy almond etc.) for the water for a richer taste. There are so many different things to think about when baking!

I made this loaf for a brunch I had with friends we wanted to have fondue with a set I got as a gift during the holidays. We just cut the loaf into cubes and dunked it in! Soft bread is perfect for fondue!

So there you have it! A basic black bread! Bamboo charcoal isn't the easiest ingredient to find

all purpose flour1 1/2 cupswhole wheat flour1 1/2 cupsbamboo charcoal powder1 tspwater1 cup, warmactive dry yeast1 tspsea salt1 1/2 tspmaple syrup3/4 tbspvegan butter1 tbsp (earth balance)white sesame seeds1 tspcorn semolina1 tbspcoconut oil1 tsp

    1 loaf

Loaf

  • In a large bowl, stir 1 1/2 tsp of salt and 3/4 tbsp of maple syrup in 1 cup of warm water until dissolved. Sprinkle tsp of active dry yeast, let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Sift 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of whole grain flour and 1 tsp of bamboo charcoal powder together in a separate bowl. Once flours are mixed evenly enough.
  • Add 1 tbsp of vegan butter (earth balance) to the water mix, then stir in 1/2 cup of the flour mix with a wooden spoon. Keep adding flour a 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough stops sticking to the sides.
  • Put ball of dough on lightly floured counter-top and start kneading, add a bit of flour everytime it starts to stick to your hands. Knead for 15 minutes. You may not use up all of your flour, if there's still a lot left and your dough is nice smooth don't add any more. Don't want to risk drying it out
  • Heat up oven at the very lowest setting. This will be our warm place for bread rising.
  • Grease up a bowl and put the dough, rolling it once to cover all sides. Cover with a cloth and place in oven. Let rise for 45 minutes.
  • Your bread should have doubled in size. Take bread out of oven, knead a few times and shape into a 10-11 inch cigar. Sprinkle some corn semolina on a baking sheet and place bread on top, this will keep it from sticking. Slash the top of the bread in the middle, doing this will keep the ends of the bread from splitting. Mist top of bread lightly with water, then add white sesame seeds. Press lightly to make them stick. Cover loaf with a cloth, put back in oven to rise for an additional 45 minutes. If you don't want a traditional bread shape, put bread in a greased loaf pan to rise.
  • Turn oven up to 350F . Bake for 30 minutes, or until it sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom.
  • Brush sides lightly with coconut oil (or butter) then let cool on a pile of towels, or a cooling rack if you have one.

Burger buns

  • Repeat steps 1 to 6.
  • Instead of forming into a 'cigar' shape at step 7, divide into 8 pieces and shape into a tight ball. Sprinkle baking sheet with some corn semolina and put buns on top. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes in the warmed oven.
  • Take buns out of oven, brush lightly with vegan butter and put white sesame seeds on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350F .
  • Let cool on a pile of towels or cooling rack.

Hot dog buns

  • Repeat steps 1 to 6. Divide through into 15 pieces and shape into small cylinders (or general elongated hot dog shape). Sprinkle baking sheet with some corn semolina and put buns on top. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes in the warmed oven.
  • Take buns out of oven, brush lightly with vegan butter. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350F .
  • Let cool on a pile of towels or cooling rack.
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