Rye Raisin Bread
This slightly sweet bread is made with rye flour and raisins—two healthy and delicious foods. Rich in fiber, rye is purported to help with weight loss since its high water-binding capacity quickly gives a feeling of fullness, which can help prevent over-eating. Medical studies have also found rye to be helpful in preventing gallstones in women, and may help ward off colon cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Besides being a great snack food, sweet raisins may actually help keep your teeth and gums healthy by effectively killing the bacteria that cause cavities. Now there's a reason to skip the sugary snacks and go for raisins instead!
Makes 4 loaves
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup rye flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups hot water
2/3 cup brewed coffee
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
2 1/2 tablespoons compressed yeast
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 cups golden raisins
Mix: Place all of the ingredients except yeast, salt, and raisins into a bread mixer. Mix with a dough hook for 6 minutes on slow speed. Add the salt. Continue mixing for three more minutes. Add the raisins, and mix again for 1–2 minutes.
Bench: Allow the dough to rise until doubled in volume then punch it down. Allow the dough to rise until doubled again, and give it another punch. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, about 1 1/2 pounds each. Shape into round loaves, set the bottoms in corn meal, then place on parchment-lined sheet trays.
Oven: Allow loaves to rise once more, then bake at 350 degrees (in a convection oven, if you have one) for 25–30 minutes. Steam three times during baking by spraying a mist of water from a squirt bottle. Cool the bread on wire racks. Loaves can be stored in the freezer for later enjoyment.
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