This is a delicious loaf of rye bread packed full of subtle spices. Simple to make, it compliments cheese so very very well!
Leicestershire Rye Bread
Made by Rosie Clark, this was one of three Leicestershire Loaves that won her the Leicestershire Cook-Off
- 300 g Light rye flour If you cannot get light rye, use dark
- 250 g Warm water
- 3 g Dry yeast
- 6 g Salt
- 1/2 tsp Roasted fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp Crushed and dry roasted cardamom seeds
- 1/2 tsp Dry roasted cumin seeds
- 1 handful Mixed seeds for decoration
- Measure the flour into a bowl and make a little well in it.
- Sprinkle the yeast into the well and pour in 100 g of the warm water. Wait for 15 minutes and the yeast will turn into a beige sludge on top.
- Add all of the rest of the ingredients and mix them well with a spoon. It will be a bit tough to mix but should feel very soft when you press it with your fingers. It should not feel chalky or dry. If it does, add a tiny bit more water.
- Grease a 500 g bread tin thoroughly with butter or lard (use a hard fat).
- Wet your hands thoroughly and pick up the dough. Mould it into a little brick and gently roll it in some mixed seeds that you have put on a plate. Slide it gently into the tin. Don't squash it into the corners or even smooth it down. It will rise just fine.
- Cover it with a shower hat (seriously – it gives the dough room to rise and it will not stick to anything) and leave it for 2 hours until it has come up to the top of the tin and there are little holes in it.
- Preheat the oven to 200 C and put the dough in. Bake it for 45 minutes. It should sound hollow when you tap the bottom of it. Remove it from the tin and let it cool completely on a wire rack. This bread is actually even better the next day.