SAUERKRAUT RYE BREAD
King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
by King Arthur Flour
This moist, easy-to-slice bread fairly sings with "deli rye" flavor. And don't worry—no one will ever guess that sauerkraut's the secret ingredient that makes this bread so delightfully moist and tangy. This is a low-rising, fairly dense loaf. It's moist enough to slice easily, holds together well, and makes flavorful corned beef and Swiss, pastrami or grilled Reuben sandwiches.
Yield: One 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf, 16 servings
Baking Temperature: 350°F
Baking Time: 45 minutes
• 1 can (8 ounces) sauerkraut, drained and wrung dry, juice discarded (about 5 ounces sauerkraut, drained; about 1 1/3 cups, very lightly packed)
• 2/3 cup (5 3/8 ounces) lukewarm water
• 1/4 cup (2 ounces) dill pickle juice or sour pickle juice
• 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) vegetable oil
• 1 1/3 cups (5 ounces) whole rye (pumpernickel) flour
• 1 cup (4 ounces) traditional whole wheat flour
• 1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) unbleached bread flour
• Heaping 1/2 cup (1 1/4 ounces) dried potato flakes or 3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) potato flour
• 2 tablespoons (5/8 ounce) vital wheat gluten
• 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
• 1 tablespoon whole mustard seeds
• 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
Lightly grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
Combine the sauerkraut, water and pickle juice in a blender or food processor, and process until the kraut is finely chopped.
Combine the chopped sauerkraut and its liquid with the remaining ingredients, stirring vigorously to make a crumbly mixture; it won't hold together. Allow the mixture to rest, covered, for 45 minutes; this will give the flour a chance to absorb some of the sauerkraut's liquid. After the dough's resting period, knead it—by hand, mixer or bread machine—until you have a cohesive, very stiff dough. This dough won't be very elastic; that's OK. Let the dough rise in a lightly greased bowl for 1 to 1 1/2 hours; it won't rise much at all.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled or lightly floured surface, and shape it into a log. Place the log in the prepared pan, cover the pan with a proof cover or greased plastic wrap, and allow the loaf to rise till it's crested about 1 inch over the edge of the pan. This will take 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Be aware that this bread has very little oven spring, so what you see when you put it in the oven is pretty much what you'll get coming out of the oven. During the last part of the rise, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Uncover and bake the bread for 20 minutes. Tent it lightly with foil and bake until its internal temperature registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer, 25 minutes more. Remove it from the oven, and after a minute or so turn it out onto a rack. Cool the bread for 30 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 Slice, 58G): 16g whole grains, 134 cal, 4g fat, 5g protein, 20g complex carbohydrates, 1g sugar, 5g dietary fiber, 222mg sodium, 233mg potassium, IRE vitamin A, 3mg vitamin C, 2mg iron, 24mg calcium, 159mg phosphorus.