My folks are headed home tomorrow, so I thought I would make a loaf for them to take when they leave. I like baking with whole grains, nuts and seeds for others because I cannot eat those kinds of things myself and still want to try out the recipe. So Pumpernickel it is. . .
Ms. Hensperger notes that this is a great loaf to spread with cheese and use for tomato and red onion sandwiches, but it also pairs well with all sorts of wursts and mustards.
The ingredients went into the bread machine pan in the following order:
1 1/3 cup water
3 1/2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup medium (you can also use dark) rye flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 tablespoons gluten
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons SAF yeast
I then started the whole wheat/medium crust cycle on my bread machine. When the machine beeped between kneads 1 and 2, I added 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds.
Well, this loaf baked up tall and lovely, and smelled heavenly. I could really smell the notes of cocoa and coffee during the baking process and afterward. Mom and dad each had a slice before the loaf had cooled completely, mom with butter and dad with peanut butter.
The flavor and texture were both a hit. Mom especially liked the slight crunch from the sunflower seeds throughout the loaf.