Sunday, February 21, 2010


I'm sure there are many who would describe me as "scatter brained,
bird brained or pickle brained"
but now they can add
"bread brained" to the list,
as I been obsessed lately with the wholesome goodness
of home made bread.

***This recipe makes a large (2 pound) loaf. I took it out of the pan and placed the dough into a greased bowl to rise until double in size, punched it down, shaped my loaf and placed it into a greased loaf pan and let it rise again until double in volume.

It really rose well and made a very large, light loaf of bread that certainly would not have all fit into my bread machine so I'm not sure how it would have turned out had I left it in the machine to bake.

Pumpernickel Raisin Bread
1 1/4 cups water F-90°F (27"-32"C) (or a mix of 1 cup canned pumpkin with 1/4 cup water)
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
3/4 cup raisins
2 teaspoons Caraway seeds
Place the water, molasses, oil, salt, bread flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, cornmeal, cocoa powder, espresso powder, yeast, and vital wheat gluten, in the order listed in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle. Place the bread pan in the bread maker. Press Menu and select Whole Wheat.
Press Crust and select Light (or to taste). Press Loaf and select large loaf. Press Start to mix, knead, rise, and bake.
When Mix-in tone sounds, add raisins and caraway seeds. When pause tone sounds, dough and kneading paddle may be removed. Reshape dough and
replace pan. Press Start to continue. When cycle is completed, remove bread from machine and transfer to wire rack to cool.


  1. Looks great! I can only imagine how good it must smell.
    I would need a tutor to bake bread, because the few times I´ve tried have been disasters...

  2. I will have to try this recipe myself. It looks good!!

    Also, I've given you the Beautiful Blogger Award. You can read more about it on my blog: or