Posts: 55 Location: Key West, Florida Joined: August 13, 2008
When I was but a lad, a small restaurant in Middlebury, Vermont called the Bakery Lane Soup Bowl was famous for soups and bread. They published an excellent recipe book under the same name, long out of print I think, but available used on Amazon. This was one of their breads, and it's been one of my favorites for a long time--very easy to make and whole wheat healthy. The coffee gives a robust, dark taste that reminds me of the breads I enjoyed as a student in Siberia. (Those were the days when bread, Turkish coffee, and vodka were about the only things you could find to eat in Siberia.)
Dark Wheat Coffee Bread
2 2/3 cups strong coffee, cooled
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 1/2 cups stone ground whole wheat flower
4 cups unbleached flour
Combine coffee, 2/3 cup water, honey and salt.
Disolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and add to coffee mixture.
Stir in corn meal and as much of the flour as possible. Knead in the rest until dough is smooth.
Place in greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down and shape into two loaves. Place in greased 4x8 bread pans. Cover and let rise until dough is just below tops of pans.
Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or until browned and sounds hollow when tapped.