Now you probably wouldn’t guess based off of the recipes I post on this page, but my family, myself included, love baking (especially desserts!). Cakes, cupcakes, breads, pies- you name it, we do it.
But ever since I started preparing for competition I’ve been staying away from breads and sweets as much as possible. So no more baking 🙁 Which I miss quite a bit but I know I it’s not forever- just until May 10th – then I’ll be making up for lost time! 😉
I have a bread mixer but I do love kneading bread by hand..
But with Easter coming up I wanted to make something special for it. So I went through our family “archives” and made some adjustments to a rye bread recipe we in our family cookbook. If you can’t tell, I LOVE spices, so I made sure to spice it up a bit so I hope you enjoy!
Spiced Rye Bread with Orange Zest
Makes 10 rolls
1 Package Yeast
4 TBSP Non-Dairy Butter, melted
2 Cups Original Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
Zest from One Orange
5 1/2 Heaping Cups of Flour (mixed in any ratio: white, whole wheat and rye)
2 tsp Oil
In a microwave or a pot, heat the milk until it is lukewarm and add yeast (you don’t want it too hot though or it will kill the yeast!) . In a large bowl add melted butter, almond milk. maple syrup, salt, allspice, cloves, orange zest and half the flour. Mix well and then begin to knead bread on a hard, stable surface for 5 minutes, adding the rest of the flour as needed.
Add oil to a large bowl and place dough in bowl, rotating so that oil is dispersed. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest in a warm place for 40 minutes. Shape into 10 even rolls, place on a nonstick baking sheet, cover and let rest for 20-30 more minutes.
Heat oven to 475F and bake for 10-12 minutes until tops are slightly browned.
This bread tastes great on it’s own or with some butter and jam spread on top or some chocolate peanut butter…not that I tried that…nope, not me! 😉