Tuesday, January 31, 2012

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
do you randomly think of recipes in the most peculiar places
i do - am i alone?

i have a gazillion sticky notes with ideas all over the place
in my shoes
on empty naked juice bottles making their way back home to be recycled
at the bottom of my purse

for me inspiration comes from everyday life

an idea forms, then my brain starts working
- watch out. that can get dangerous
layering ideas on top of one another

until, in my mind
the perfect recipe is formed

it is not a secret that i like bread
let me rephrase that
i LOVE bread
freshly baked, still warm from the oven

tahini beetroot bread was born after days of thinking -
about bread mostly
then the other layers of flavor started to knock
on the recipe door in my head

along the way cherry jam invited herself to the party
we welcomed her with open arms
well, we started to have second thoughts when she got a little crazy at the party

please make this bread, it is full of
beetroot - which turns this bread into a lovely shade of pink

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
coffee, cocoa & rye- the classic flavors of black bread
are combined with tahini & beetroot

please be warned this recipe may turn your hands, white cabinets & counter top a fantastic shade of pink
just be sure to clean up quick

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
kneaded and formed into a round for the first rise

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jamtahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
set in an oiled bowl
let it hang out for a while
it deserves a much needed rest

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jamtahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
cherries & sugar
plus a little lemon & zest
will give you amazing jam
tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
while your dough is on the first rise
please make homemade jam
for reals, it is totally worth it
tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
shape your dough into a sphere
any pretty shape will do

lightly dust with flour
with a sharp knife quickly slice three lines
not all the way through of course, just the surface
tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
baking bread in a very hot oven with a bit of steam will give you an amazing crust
i for one love crusty bread

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jamtahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
served with a meal
or toasted for a snack
which ever way you decide to enjoy this bread
it surely won't disappoint
tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
toasted with black cherry jam won my heart 10 x's over

tahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jamtahini beetroot black bread // black cherry jam
Tahini Beetroot Black Bread ~ Black Cherry Jam
makes 1 loaf & 1 jam jar of black cherry jam
 you will need:
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
1/8 cup water
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 molasses
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp raw honey
2 cups flour + 1 cup for dusting & kneading
1 cup organic rye flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup shredded beetroot
2 tsp salt
1 tsp canola oil for coating the bowl & plastic wrap
in a small bowl combine instant coffee & 1/8 cup water
stir until dissolved- set aside
in a large bowl combine 1 cup warm water through tahini stir and let stand about 5-10 minutes until frothy
add remaining ingredients except canola oil
stir with a wooden spoon until just mixed
turn out onto a well floured surface
knead as much of the remaining flour as you can until the dough is smooth & elastic
about 10 minutes
oil a large bowl with canola oil
set dough ball in the bowl turning once to coat
cover tightly with plastic wrap
set in a warm space and allow to rise for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until double in size
while the bread is rising make the cherry jam
pit all cherries
in a medium sauce pan add cherries - over medium heat cook cherries for about 5 minutes crushing the cherries to release some of the juices
add sugar, juice & zest of 1/2 a lemon
bring to a slow boil stirring constantly
while maintaining a slow boil continuously stir jam for 10 minutes or until jam begins to thicken
remove from heat and ladle into jam jar
once the dough has risen to double its size punch down and allow to rest for 10 minutes
turn onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a loaf or round
cover and allow to rise for another 40 minutes
pre-heat oven to 400*
place a baking stone in the oven  to heat along with a small rimmed baking sheet either above or below the stone
place bread dough on a piece of parchment, using a sharp knife cut 3 slits just on the surface of the bread 
transfer to oven
place 1 cup of water in the baking sheet to create steam
bake bread for about 23 minutes or when the bottom of the bread is tapped it sounds hollow
remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes or more until slicing
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  1. i never knew coffee, cocoa, and rye were the classic flavors of black bread. all i know is that i LOVED it back in my gluten-eating days.

    i think of ideas at random times, too, and i carry around a notebook for the occasion ;)

    this bread and spread is so inspired and beautiful. amazing job ;)

    1. aww Caitlin- you always say the NICEST things!

      I didn't realize black bread had all those yummy things in it too until I started researching...I never really thought about how black bread got its color :-)

      oh the notebook in addition to my many sticky notes I have at least 2 going at any given time- one always in my bag and another on the counter!

  2. Haha, I am exactly the same!! I can usually hold onto an idea long enough to make it into my planning book but still a lot of the time I have to just scribble something down in a random place so I don't forget! The worst is when I'm trying to sleep and think of something awesome, I need to put a notebook next to my bed, haha. Your bread looks gorgeous!! I love the pink color, and especially love that the finished loaf is still pink, I find a lot of the color is lost after baking usually, but your loaf looks beautiful. Love the combo of flavors too :)

    1. Same here - I know if I don't write it down my mind will be onto the next thing and the great idea will be lost until I am laying in bed

      I was so excited that the bread kept its beautiful color - a perfect color for Valentines Day!

  3. I do the exact same thing! Sticky notes surround my computer screen and keyboard, not to mention all the word documents I have open all the time, or the notes on my phone, or emailed to myself...
    And there's nothing quite like when one of those ideas really comes through and turns out just as good as you'd hoped. This bread looks incredible! Not to mention, bursting with creativity. :)

    1. ahhh the e-mail... I email myself all the time; Justin has a memory of steel and can remember everything - my long term memory is great but short term ah not so much...or i'll remember like 3 days later :)

  4. Oh my gosh, it's my turn to dance in my chair! You have no idea how much I wish I had this loaf in my possession right now...I've been wanting to try making black bread for awhile, but you just took it over the top by adding beets and tahini! I love the way your mind works!

    1. its like we are having our own little virtual dance party!

      I loved how the beets turned the "black bread" more into Pink Bread :)

  5. i dont have sticky notes.. i am more of a virtual sticky kind of person.. i will pin things and forget about them.. then i will dream about it or have a random lighting strike and start up on a recipe:)
    you had me with bread, beet and black:) i loooooooooooooove freshly baked breads.. and the day my loaf gets over and i havent planned another.. i miss it! it happened recently when i was caught up with some gf bread baking experiments.
    i love the color of the dough and the crust on that beauty!

    1. Thanks Richa- the color won me over too, and of course the crust!

      I know that random lighting strike moment all to well :)

  6. I've never tried black bread! Looks like I'll have to give it a try asap!

    Beautiful photos. Love the colouring! The pink bread is so pretty! Great idea incorporating beets into the bread. :)

    1. Please do try - it has such a unique bread, a flavor you must experience at least once in a lifetime!

  7. If you are asking whether or not recipes ideas come to me in the bathroom, then yes, yes I am right there with you. ha. I am totally the same though--I have waaaay too many random papers filled with ideas, recipes, etc that confuse me after a while :)
    Your breads just kill me Heather! They are sooooo incredibly beautiful and they make me sad that I cannot eat them :( Well, maybe I will make an exception for a day... xo

    1. Oh Cara you always know how to make me burst out laughing;bathroom, only you - the most confusing ones for me are the ones that i will find in my pockets that are barely legibly, most likely because I was trying to write and drive and then they go through the wash because I am awful about checking my pockets before doing laundry - drives Justin crazy!

      Sorry to make you sad - just wait for those juicing recipes to be posted, those will be sure to make you happy :)

    2. BAHA! Write and drive--YES! Waiting anxiously to get juiced...

  8. I love this wonderfully random idea - that jam looks so delicious :)
    Another fabulous recipe!!!

    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

    1. Thanks Guru!

      The Jam was fantastic - I absolutely adore homemade Jam and how super easy it is to make :)

  9. What a crazy fantastic idea! That bread looks so beautiful...love the tinge of pink in the bread. Never heard of black bread though, but it sounds exotic! Love how thick and glossy the jam looks... I'm inspired to make jam too!

    1. I can't day it enough - homemade jam is the BEST, you should definitely make some one day :)

  10. what an original recipe... and what beautiful pictures! You're so talented!!

  11. This looks delicious, but I was wondering about how many cherries and how much sugar for the jam?

  12. OMG ..... I can hardly wait to try this lovely bread - love the ingredient combination - Congratulations! .....


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