Friday, May 24, 2013

George's Molasses Bread

George is always tinkering with recipes and changing them and I am always wanting him to make the same thing over and over.  But this time I ended up loving the result of his experiment.  I'm not sure what possessed him to do this, but he added molasses and walnuts to his regular sourdough bread and it is now my absolute favorite bread! George has had his sourdough starter for a couple years but you can make your own easily (King Arthur has a starter recipe here).  This bread is well worth the effort and has a wonderful flavor.  It is especially good toasted with thick globs of cream cheese on top.  If you have any questions leave a comment and I will ask George and get back to you.  Enjoy!

George's Molasses Bread

1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour

Mix these together and let sit overnight.  The next day add:

3/4 cup water
1/3 cup Blackstrap molasses
1 Tbsp. salt
enough flour to form dough

Knead dough for a bit.  Let rise until doubled.
Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Shape into a loaf.
Let sit for 30 min to 1 hour
Bake at 375˚ for 10 minutes and then reduce temperature to 350˚ for another 45 minutes or so.

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