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Sourdough Wild Rice Bread

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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 35 Minutes
  1 large loaf
Since wild rice is so easy to make in a rice cooker, there is no excuse for not using it as an ingredient in other non-traditional applications. Its appearance in this magnificent loaf yields a dense, richly flavored bread with a moist slightly crunchy interior. The hint of sourdough makes it just about perfect. For this loaf I used my coffee mill (not grinder) to grind hard winter wheat berries. If you are into really grinding your own - this is a great way to do it. Be sure not to use your grinder for coffee, save it for grinding wheat, as the coffee oils are impossible to wash out completely and will give a strange taste to anything else ground in the machine. While it is possible to bake this loaf right in the bread machine, I found that baking it in the oven was more satisfactory.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Wild Rice:
1 cup wild rice
3 cups water, chicken, beef or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
For Dough:
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour either store bought or freshly ground from hard, red wheat berries
1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached white flour plus extra if necessary to make a smooth, supple ball of dough after the first 5 minutes of kneading
2 teaspoons salt
2 rounded tablespoons Lora Brody's Sourdough Bread Enhancer
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup cooked wild rice
about 1 cup water - the amount of water will vary depending on how much water your rice has absorbed.  Start with 1 cup, then add more only if the dough seems very dry after the first few minutes of kneading.
2-3 tablespoons cornmeal
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DIRECTIONS
Place the rice in a strainer and rinse it well to remove any dirt particles. Place all the ingredients in the rice cooker. Cover and press Start; program for Soft, if possible. When the rice is done it should be slightly crunchy and 50 percent of the grains should be open exposing white interiors. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside. Serve hot or use as an ingredient in another recipe.


The Bread Machine Method:
Place all the ingredients in the bread machine and program for Whole Wheat Bread if you plan to use the bake cycle. If you are baking the loaf in the oven, program for Manual or Dough. Check after first 10 minutes of kneading to make sure the dough has formed a soft, supple ball, adding additional flour or water if necessary to correct the consistency.


The Food Processor or Stand-Mixer Method:
Place the dry ingredients in either the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the plastic blade, or the largest bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the dough hook. When the mixture begins to foam add it and the remaining water and honey to the dry ingredients. Process for 6-seconds after the dough has formed a ball, or knead for 5 to 7 minutes after the dough has formed a ball. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes then process again for 30 seconds or knead for 3 to 4 more minutes. To form and shape the loaf: remove dough to a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle a heavy baking sheet with cornmeal. Form the dough into a 12- to 14-inch elongated oval. Cover with cloth or plastic wrap and allow to rise until almost doubled. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the center position. Bake 10 minutes, reduce oven to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 190 to 200 degrees. Cool the loaf on a wire rack before serving. The first day the rice will be decidedly crunchy, and will mellow slightly the next day - both ways are terrific.


Serving size = 1/12 loaf


Recipe reprinted by permission of William Morrow. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   1 large loaf
Calories: 254
Fat. Total: 9g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 39g
Sodium: 778mg
% Cal. from Fat: 32%
Cholesterol: 5mg
Protein: 7g
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