Dark caraway rye in horseradish leaves

Dark caraway rye in horseradish leaves

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From
Polska
Makes
1 large round shape loaf
Prep
75 mins
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Somewhere in the depths of the Podlasie region, there was once a baker who made dark rye bread wrapped in horseradish leaves. This sounds like a fairytale, but when I read about this baker I decided I had to make a similar bread, with the addition of caraway seeds – also common around these parts and much loved in neighbouring Lithuania. It was the best bread I had ever made. I don’t know if it was down to the horseradish leaves, but they certainly made it look interesting, the sort of bread you imagine woodland fairies might feast on.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
300g rye flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons wheatgerm
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon Sourdough starter
150ml tepid water
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
2-3 horseradish leaves (including 1 large one), optional

Method

  1. Combine the flour, salt, wheatgerm and caraway seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the starter with the tepid water, ideally shaking it in a jar, until it is completely dissolved. Add this to the dry ingredients in the bowl and continue mixing in one direction, until you get a dough the consistency of peanut butter.
  3. Add the oil and knead the dough with floury hands on a floured surface, bending the edges in and pressing down with your body weight, for about 7–8 minutes, until you have a smooth ball of dough.
  4. Place the dough ball on the largest horseradish leaf and wrap with the remaining, smaller leaves. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place, near a radiator, for 9–10 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the loaf, still wrapped in the leaves, on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until it sounds hollow when the tapped. This rye bread will keep for about 5 days.
Tags:
polish
eastern european
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