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Rye, caraway and raisin bread – from Dough, by Richard Bertinet

Sage -> Pork Lemon and Thyme -> Chicken Rosemary -> Lamb Mustard and Horseradish -> Beef Coriander -> Thai Basil and Oregano -> Italian Garlic -> Everything Caraway? Rye and raisin bread. Trust me on this. I’ve always associated caraway with weird-tasting puddings and weird-tasting Northern European breads. So I was a bit sceptical when…

set4-3Sage -> Pork

Lemon and Thyme -> Chicken

Rosemary -> Lamb

Mustard and Horseradish -> Beef

Coriander -> Thai

Basil and Oregano -> Italian

Garlic -> Everything

Caraway? Rye and raisin bread. Trust me on this.

I’ve always associated caraway with weird-tasting puddings and weird-tasting Northern European breads. So I was a bit sceptical when trying this recipe from Dough. The dough – a mixture of rye and white bread flour is straightforward, once you’ve got your head round the technique that Bertinet uses to work the dough – and I can’t emphasise enough the importance of watching the DVDs that come with his books (or watching them on youtube) to get this right.

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It’s much easier to see the layers of developed gluten when you have other ingredients mixed in – like sheets of bread cling film wrapped the raisins.

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With this much rye, you’re not going to get the lightness of a white loaf, and compared to a sourdough loaf, the hydration is lower meaning smaller bubbles (or a tighter crumb. But it wasn’t at all dense.

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Bertinet suggests eating it with blue cheese (I toasted these) but this Morbier was all I had. All of the flavours here are mild. Something quite special happens when they come together, though. None get lost – the sweetness of the raisin, the nuttiness of the bread, the creaminess of the cheese combine with the caraway to make something quite wonderful.

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It only received a 50% positive rating with my focus group, however.

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