This post represents my second foray into the world of breadmaking. The recipe is a family recipe — originally my great great grandmother’s and passed down to me by my aunt. It’s a brown bread, made with oats, regular flour, and molasses [MELASSE auf Deutsch]. Finding the molasses fortunately was not as hard as I’d heard it could be in Germany.
It is not a terribly complicated recipe but the first loaf did not turn out well (I split it into two batches since we only have one bread pan). The reason was that I didn’t use enough flour. The recipe called for 4-5 cups (1000g-1250g), and I put in around 4.5, but it was too sticky and the result was that the finished product, cooked for well over an hour, still came out gummy and stodgy on the inside. I improved on the second loaf, added more flour, let it rise again, and cooked it for the normal amount of time.
Unfortunately, I found that this bread only works well with certain things. It tastes great with butter, peanut butter, and jam, but it really doesn’t work well with cheese or wurst because it is too sweet. 😦 That is a shame. I am glad I now own and have tried this family recipe, but because of the sweetness, I probably won’t make it again, or at least not for a while.
Apologies for the quality of these photos!