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One Hour Swedish Limpa Bread {orange and fennel scented rye} from foodiewithfamily.com

One Hour Swedish Limpa Bread {orange and fennel scented rye}

Author Rebecca Lindamood

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour 1 pound, 9.5 ounces by weight
  • 1 cup medium rye flour 3 5/8 ounces by weight
  • 2 Tablespoons instant yeast also known as Bread Machine Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt if using table salt, reduce to 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • The zest of one orange
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed toasted
  • 2 cups very warm water about 120°F
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses

Instructions

Mixing the dough by Stand Mixer (my preferred method):

  1. Combine the flour, yeast, salt, orange zest, and fennel seed in the bowl of the stand mixer that has been fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds.
  2. With mixer running, slowly pour in the water, molasses, and add the butter at the same time. Continue mixing on low until the dough comes together and becomes smooth, about 4 minutes. Remove bowl from the stand mixer, scraping any dough that remains on the dough hook into the bowl. Pull dough from bowl with your hands and form a smooth dough ball. Replace in bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Mixing the dough by Food Processor:

  1. Combine the flour, yeast, salt, orange zest, and fennel seed in the bowl of a food processor that has been fitted with a blade or dough blade. Pulse 10 times. With the food processer running, slowly pour in the water, molasses, and add the butter at the same time into the feed chute. Continue processing until the dough forms a cohesive ball. Spin the dough ball 20 times and shut off the food processor. Remove the dough, form a smooth dough ball and place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Mixing the dough by Hand:

  1. Combine the flour, yeast, salt, orange zest, and fennel seed with a whisk or fork in a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the water, molasses, and add the butter into the flour mixture and use a sturdy spoon to combine into a shaggy dough. Use your hands to knead for 8 minutes*. After kneading for 8 minutes, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  2. *If you find it difficult to knead in the bowl, you can turn the dough out onto a clean surface to knead it. After kneading, just return the dough to the bowl and allow it to rise as instructed above.

To Shape The Loaves:

  1. Turn dough out onto a clean surface and divide in half. Dust your hands with flour and form each half into an oval or a ball, pulling the edges down from the top and tucking under the loaf and place 5-6 inches apart on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silpat, or has been lightly greased. Use a sharp knife to slash the top of the loaf about 1/4 of an inch deep. This allows the steam to escape the baking loaf.

To bake the loaves:

  1. Arrange the racks in your cold oven so that one rack is on the very bottom and one is positioned in the center of the oven. Place the baking sheet with the loaves on the center rack and a bread or cake pan that is full of very hot tap water on the bottom rack. Close the oven and turn your oven on to 400°F. It is imperative that you start this in a cold oven! Set your timer for 40 minutes. That 40 minutes is all that stands between you and fresh bread.
  2. The crust should be a deep brown and quite firm when you remove the loaves from the oven. Transfer the loaves to a rack to cool completely if you wish to slice them, or you can do like I normally do and cool one loaf while tearing the second one into pieces and slathering with cold sweet cream butter.