TIPS - COLORING YOUR LOAF - DARK BREAD
make a really nice dark pumpernickel rye bread. I use organic rye pumpernickel
meal, bread flour, garlic, molasses and ground caraway. I grind my caraway in an
electronic coffee grinder. If I make a
regular rye I don't grind my caraway. Once you grind caraway the grinder is no
good for coffee anymore. The caraway leaves a flavor that will ruin the coffee.
Back to the rye bread
- It is a
dark colored loaf. The coloring does not come from the pumpernickel meal or the
molasses. I add two table spoons of non flavored caramel coloring. That is the
trick to dark bread - period. Non flavored caramel coloring is a food service
product. I buy it in gallon jugs, like molasses. It comes in smaller containers
also. It's something you will have to look for. It's not a typical grocery store
item. Non flavored caramel coloring is a concentrated product. A little goes a
I read years ago about some
special dark rye flour from Minnesota or North Dakota that you need to make a
dark loaf. There is no dark rye flour out there that will give a dark loaf. The
molasses won't give you a dark loaf either. I have added instant coffee among
other things to color my loaves. Food service knows what they are doing. It's
just food coloring. Industry also uses food coloring to make egg
bread. A small amount of egg yellow food color goes a long way. It is also a
concentrated product, just like non flavored caramel coloring. I buy it in a 32
ounce bottle. I use 1/4 tsp of
egg yellow food coloring in a two pound batch of sweet rolls.
If you have kids and want to have some fun. Buy some food coloring and let them
add it to your next batch of bread. Red, green, blue, the kids will either love
it or just not eat the bread. Just a fun thing to try.
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