1 1/2 c water,Warm
2 T butter,softened
1/2 c honey
2 c bread flour
1 2/3 c wheat flour
1 T cocoa
1 T granulated sugar
2 t coffee,Instant
1 t salt
2 1/4 t yeast,(1 pkg.)
1/4 c water
75 dr red food coloring
45 dr blue food coloring
30 dr yellow food coloring
cornmeal for dusting
1. If using a bread machine, add all of the ingredients for the dough in
the exact order listed into the pan of your machine. Set it on "knead"
and when the machine begins to mix the dough, combine the food coloring
with 1/4 cup of water and drizzle it into the mixture as it combines. After
the dough is created let it rest to rise for an hour or so. Then remove it
from the pan and go to step #3.
2. If you are not using a bread machine, combine the flours, cocoa, sugar,
coffee and salt in large bowl. Make a depression or "well" in the middle of the
dry mixture. Pour the warm water into this "well," then add the butter, honey and
yeast. Combine the food coloring drops with 1/4 cup of water and add that to the
"well." Slowly mix the ingredients with a spoon, drawing the dry ingredients into
the wet. When you can handle the dough, begin to combine it by hand, kneading
the dough thoroughly for at least ten minutes, until it is very smooth and has
a consistent color. Set the dough into a covered bowl in a warm place for
an hour, to allow it to rise.
3. When the dough has risen to about double in size, punch it down and divide it
into 8 even portions (divide dough in half, divide those halves in half, and then
once more). Form the portions into tubular shaped loaves about 8 inches long
and 2 inches wide. Sprinkle the entire surface of the loaves with cornmeal and
place them on a cookie sheet, or two. Cover the cookie sheet(s) with plastic
wrap and let the dough rise once more for another hour in a warm location.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the dough and bake it for 20-24
minutes in the hot oven. Loaves should begin to darken slightly on top when
done. Serve warm with a sharp bread knife and butter on the side. If you want
whipped butter, like you get at the restaurant, just use an electric mixer on high
speed to whip some butter until it's fluffy.
Makes 8 small loaves.