Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pumpernickle Bread-Or Food As Art!

Last Monday, my 17 year old son Matthew came home from school requesting a donation for a brunch that was to occur on Friday the 10th in his German class. He explained that he had signed up to bring in Pumpernickle Bread and he asked that we try to make some together. Well TWIST MY ARM!!!! He went right to the computer and came back with a recipe. Pumpernickle is not an easy bread to create successfully. Since it requires the use of heavy rye flour, it takes a long time to rise and often results in very heavy dense bread. Then there is the issue of the flavor. I love good pumpernickle but I have never found a recipe that would yield loaves with the right sour zippy yet sweet flavor that true pumpernickle should have. The recipe taht matthew had found had reall promise. It had cocoa powder in it that would give both color and good flavor, it had molasses again for color and sweetness, there was plenty of yeast- to get it to rise and, of course, there were caraway seeds- a pure necessity!!
Above you see the results and the texture was perfect and the taste was really authentic. He was so pleased !! We had a wonderful tiem making the bread together- lucky ME!!! His treacher was in awe of the fact that we had actually made the bread and he even brought home a few leftovers for us to nibble on. I will definately be making this recipe again and adding some raisins and walnuts to one of the loaves next time!

6 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

What a great thing to do together, and delicious, as well! Win-win!

Mary Z said...

oh yum!! that looks delicious - isn't bread making so much fun and rewarding!! Great job Matthew!
Mary Z.

lindacreates said...

What a delightful memory you created together. Have a Blessed Easter.

Marilyn Rock said...

A wonderful activity to do together with your son! Matthew gets an "atta boy"! I can just smell that bread!!!!

Patti G. said...

You and Matthew made wonderful bread Elizabeth! AMAZING and fun! You go girl!!!!!!!!!
And your pictures above of the flowers and beautiful homes and trees and gardens..........beautiful!
Have a great week doll!
Hugs,Patti

Judy said...

I love Pumpernickel Bread too! I find it delicious with a bowl of soup on a cold night. MMMMM! Would you share your new recipe? Treasure those moments with your kids....before you know it they'll be out of the house!

xo

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