Ellen Bales


I absolutely love German breads, and this is said to be one of the simplest to make. Also one of the tastiest!
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4 Hr
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2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 1/2 c
whole wheat flour
1/2 c
rolled oats
2 tsp
2 tsp
caraway seed
1 1/2 tsp
instant yeast
1 c
milk mixed with 1 tbsp. vinegar (sour milk)
1 c
plain yogurt
1/4 c
sourdough culture (optional)
1 to 2 Tbsp



  • 1DOUGH: Mix flours, oats, salt, caraway and instant yeast together in a large bowl. Add the sour milk, yogurt and sourdough culture and begin mixing, either with an electric mixer or by hand. Mix until dough forms a ball, adding water if needed. The dough should be slightly sticky.
  • 2Continue kneading, either with the mixer or on a lightly floured board for 5-7 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, then knead again for 1 minute. Form into a smooth ball and place in an oiled bowl, turning to coat the top. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  • 3Turn out onto a lightly floured board and form into a typical long loaf as follows:
    Degas as little as possible.
    Pat dough into rectangle.
    Indent with fingertips down the middle.
    Fold one third to middle, lengthwise, pulling dough taut on the bottom.
    Press seam a little to seal.
    Fold other third to middle (pulling dough taut) and pinch seam closed.
    Roll over, seam-side down and rock gently while rounding the ends and making loaf longer or fatter, as you wish.
  • 4Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet or cardboard, dust top with flour and let rise until doubled. About 30 minutes before you plan on baking, slash the top with a sharp razor blade at least 1/4 inch deep.
  • 5Heat oven to 500 degrees for 1 hour before baking. Use a baking stone if you have it, according to manufacturer's instructions. Otherwise, place an old pan on the bottom rack and set the second rack in the middle.
  • 6Place the bread on the middle rack (still on the parchment or floured baking pan), pour 2 cups of hot water into the old pan and close the door.
  • 7Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the sides of the oven after two, five and seven minutes. Turn oven down to 450. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • 8Turn oven down to 350 and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until a temperature probe measures 190-200F or loaf is brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove and let cool 2 hours before slicing.
  • 9NOTE: You can purchase sourdough culture online. King Arthur Sourdough Starter, Goldrush Sourdough Starter, or Ed Wood's International Starters can all be purchased online. Or you can obtain a culture sample from a friend or start your own.

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Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #savory, #light

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