Gift Bread

March 30, 2016

I like to share food with friends, co-workers and neighbors and this tasty bread has long been one of my favorite edible gifts.

3 breads

7 dl (700 g) kotikalja (a traditional, low-alcohol, home-made beer, closely resembling kvass) 
50 g fresh yeast 
1,5 tsp salt 
1,5 dl (210 g) Scandinavian dark syrup (or light molasses) 
0,25 tsp cinnamon 
0,5 tsp clove 
1 tsp ginger 
14 dl (770 g) rye flour 
about 3 dl (200 g) wheat flour 

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast, salt and syrup in home-made beer. Stir in cinnamon, clove and ginger. Gradually mix in the flours and knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Cover and leave to rise at room temperature for one hour. 

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it gently. Divide the dough into three equal pieces. Shape the pieces into round loaves. 

Line two baking trays with parchment papers, place the breads on them, cover and leave to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Bake for about an hour. 

Cover and let cool on a wire rack. For the best texture and flavor, wrap airtight and don't slice until the next day.

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