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Polish Sourdough Rye Bread
Submitted by: Lori
An old-fashioned sourdough rye bread from my grandmother's 90 year old
neighbor! Let the starter rise overnight and make the bread the next day.
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 cups water
4 cups rye flour
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
8 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon caraway seed
1. The night before making the bread, in a medium sized mixing bowl,
dissolve one packet of yeast and the sugar in 2 cups of water. Let stand
until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the rye flour until the mixture is
smooth. Cover and let stand overnight.
2. The next day, dissolve the remaining package of yeast in the buttermilk.
Add the rye flour mixture, the baking soda, the salt, 4 cups of the bread
flour and stir to combine. Add the remaining 4 cups of bread flour, 1/2 cup
at a time, stirring well after each addition (you may not need to add all
of the flour). When the dough has become a smooth and coherent mass, turn
it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple,
about 8 minutes. Sprinkle the caraway seeds on the dough and knead them in
until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
3. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to
coat with the oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for
about 1 hour or until the volume has doubled.
4. Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into three
pieces. Form each piece into a loaf and place in 3 lightly greased 9x5 inch
bread pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour.
6. Bake at 350F (175C) for about 35 minutes or until the bottom of the
loaves sound hollow when tapped.
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