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Cato's Grape Bread

 

12

Yield

servings

Prep

35

min

Cook

35

min

Ready

5

hrs

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup lard
shortening, or butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup feta cheese
crumbled and, mashed into a paste
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
ground
1 teaspoon star anise
ground
1 ½ cups grape juice
purple or white
1 package yeast, active dry
8 each bay leaves
*

Directions

1) Place the flour, lard, mashed cheese, ground cumin and anise, and yeast in a large mixing bowl.

Blend well.

Add the grape juice and mix the dough well for 2 to 3 minutes until all the grape juice is absorbed and evenly distributed.

The dough will be damp and sticky, but no internal dry areas should appear by the end of the mixing.

If they do, mix a few minutes more or add a little more grape juice and mix again.

2) Let the dough rest 5 minutes.

Now sprinkle 1 or 2 tablespoon flour over the dough and knead, either in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and only slightly sticky. Add more flour if needed. Let the dough rest 2 minutes.

3) The dough should now be very smooth and easy to handle. Knead 30 seconds more, return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with a dish towel or large plate, and let rise at room temperature for at least 3 hours.

4) Sprinkle top with flour, punch down, and form the dough into 4 rectangular loaves (4 in. by 2 in. by 2½ in.). Place two bay leaves on the bottom of each loaf, and lay them, leaf side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour, until well risen.

5) Bake in a preheated 400℉ (200℃) oven for 35 minutes, until the loaves are brown on top and make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. Serve when cool.

NOTE: To make these breads without leavening, omit the yeast, knead the dough thoroughly, then bake at 350℉ (180℃) for about 2 hours.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 258g (9.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 77634% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 37%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8% Iron 38%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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