by Dorie Greenspan
Contributing Baker: Lauren Groveman
I have to start off by saying, the end of daylight savings time is killing me! Summer, hurry back, please.
Bread. I have found this to be the hardest to photograph. How does one make bread (muffins, etc.) look pretty? I took 123 pictures of the finished product alone. Crazy.
And if you Google traditional pumpernickel, you won't find them there, other than the molasses; but the coffee, molasses, supposed to be prune lekvar (prune butter - I could not find any and did not feel like making it, so I subbed plum preserves), and the chocolate is what gives this bread its dark (not as dark as I was expecting) color.
Also, the traditional recipe calls for a baking time of anywhere from 6 to 12 hours (this is where it gets its color from) at a low temperature of 225°F. Whereas this recipe only bakes for approximately 40 minutes. Yeah. I would have skipped this recipe if it had to bake that long.
my post for European Rye), place on a floured towel, this becomes a sling for a final resting period of forty minutes.
I liked the look of the bread before it was baked! That would have made for a beautiful loaf.
I was pleasantly surprised at how moist this bread is - even the next day.
My husband and daughter enjoyed this bread. Me, I am still undecided if I care for pumpernickel in general. My only recollection of having pumpernickel before, is the small, dark, dry, little squares that you can purchase in the deli department of your grocery store. The ones they use to make those little tea sandwiches with. (Update: Yeah. This is good.)
I did enjoy it with a slathering of butter. Butter does make everything better..
Please visit my co-baker's blogs to see their experiences and takes (the prune lekvar is not an easy find) on this recipe. You will find their links over on the TWD website - under the LYL: Pumpernickel Loaves link.
The recipe is on page 95 of Baking with Julia, or you can find it here on Lauren's webpage.
To see Lauren making this bread herself, click here for the video.