Homemade Black Bread

Black bread (Crni hleb)
Black bread (Crni hleb)

Ingredients:

  • 600g whole-wheat flour,
  • 2 tea spoons of salt,
  • 1 tea spoon of sugar,
  • 1 tea spoon of dry yeast,
  • about 400 ml of slightly warm water.

Preparation:

  1. Turn on the oven to a lowest temperature, put flour in the oven and heat for about 10 minutes, then turn the oven off.
  2. Pour flour, salt, yeast and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir well. Then pour water, but not all the amount at once, since the exact amount of water depends on the type and the quality of flour. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to compact dough, then knead the dough by hands.
  3. Black bread piecesWhen the dough no longer sticks to your hands (you can manage it by adding water and flour) remove the dough from the bowl and place it on the knead dough board. Knead the dough by hands for about three minutes, then turn it back to the bowl and cover with a plastic wrap that you’ve previously greased on the bottom. Leave the dough to rise, at room temperature for about 2 hours, until it rise about double of its original size. Two hours after, knead the dough again for about two minutes.
  4. If you want to get small crispy crust breads, divide the dough in half, otherwise, if you want to make one large bread, leave the dough in one piece. Place the dough on the table, spread it a little bit, and fold one edge of dough toward the middle, then another edge over it and form a dough bread loaf . Place it into a baking casserole, sprinkle a little flour over its top surface, and all of that put inside the plastic bag. Leave it there for about 1 hour at room temperature, until the dough has risen a little over the edge of the casserole. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 230 degrees.
  5. If you are making a small loaves of bread, bake them for about 30-40 minutes, or 35-45 minutes for the large loaf.Turn off the oven and remove the bread from a casserole and place it on a clean dish towel. You can check if your bread is done by gently knocking its bottom with a knife,fork,spoon or so. If it sounds hollow, it’s done. Then return bread into the oven for another 5 minutes, but this time turn loaf upside down and place it on the oven’s wire grid, without casserole. It is necessary to do that to make both sides of bread deliciously crunchy.
  6. Cool the bread (the best way to cool the bread is to leave it on a wire grid).

Enjoy in a fresh,delicious and nutrient black bread as an contribution to any main meal like meat,fish,many kinds of smears etc. It’s healthy, really!

Black-bread-preparing

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