ST. PATRICK'S SOUR DOUGH RYE BREAD WITH DILL
3 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
2 cups dark rye flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon ground mustard
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
3/4 cup warm water (120-130 degrees
1 cups of sourdough starter (made *5 days* in advance)
-In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer bowl), combine the all purpose flour, rye flour, salt, pepper, minced onion, brown sugar, caraway seeds, dry mustard and yeast.
-Add the 3/4 cups warm water and the sourdough starter and using a dough hook (or by hand using a wooden spoon) mix until all the ingredients come together.
-Add the fresh dill and, using the dough hook on medium speed, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes. (If mixing by hand, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, approximately 10-12 minutes).
-Place the dough in a warm place (I use my oven that I heated to 270 degrees for 5 minutes and then allowed to cool slightly), until doubled. Approximately 1 hour.
-When the dough has risen, divide it in half and shape into 2 small, or one large loaf (I just used my hands and rolled and shaped the dough on a lightly floured surface).
-Place your dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and return the dough back into it's warm place for the final rise. This should take another 60 minutes.
-After the final rise, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake your bread for 40-45 minutes until it sounds hallow when tapped and has a nice golden color on the crust.
-Allow your bread to cool slightly on the baking sheet and then move the bread to a cooling rack until you're ready to serve, or *freeze* (if needed).
*NOTE - If freezing, allow the bread to cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap so it won't become soggy. When serving from frozen, allow the loaves to thaw completely, remove the plastic wrap and then wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 10 minutes at 350 degrees for that fresh baked taste.
-Slice and serve because this must be YOUR LUCKY DAY!!!
May the luck of the Irish be with you today and always!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!