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Russian Black Bread

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 50 mins
Yield Serves 14 (serving size: 1 slice)
This bread is a dream come true for the gluten-free lover of pumpernickel bread. The unique combination of cocoa, coffee, and caraway closely mimics the flavor of that old-fashioned loaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 4.6 ounces brown rice flour (about 1 cup)
  • 4.2 ounces sweet white sorghum flour (about 1 cup)
  • 4.2 ounces tapioca flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1.8 ounces flaxseed meal (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 154
  • fat 4.7 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • cholesterol 31 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 183 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 1/2 cups warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Weigh or lightly spoon flours and flaxseed meal into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, flaxseed meal, cocoa, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; beat at medium speed until blended. Add yeast mixture, butter, molasses, vinegar, and eggs; beat until blended. Spoon batter in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is just above top of pan.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°.

  4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Cover top of bread with foil; bake an additional 25 minutes. Remove foil from bread; bake 5 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Gluten-Free Baking