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Beet Pumpernickel Bread

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Yield: Makes 2 loaves.

This Beet Pumpernickel Bread has an attractive raspberry red crust and good flavor. Because of its dense texture, it does not rise as high as many breads. If you prefer a lighter, more finely grained bread, you might want to substitute unbleached white flour for some or all of the whole wheat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1-1/2 cups pureed cooked beets
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 to 3 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 2 cups rye flour

Instructions:

Make a sponge with yeast, water, and unbleached flour. Let sit, covered, in a warm place for at least 2 hours or until the sponge is light and frothy. Pour into a food processor with the remaining ingredients, reserving 1 cup of whole wheat flour, or mix together by hand in a large bowl. Use enough flour to make a firm dough. Knead well, in processor or by hand. Place dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover with a large plastic bag, and let rise about 1 hour in a warm place. Punch down and shape into 2 round loaves. Place loaves on greased pie plates and let rise another 30 minutes. Slash an "X" on top of each loaf with a razor blade. Place in cold oven and turn heat to 375 degrees F. Bake for about 50 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

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Updated Friday, September 28th, 2007
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