Today I’m sharing a bread recipe I kind of came up with by accident. I’m calling it Brown Bread. So fancy, right? 😉 I stumbled upon the basic recipe for this bread when I was attempting to make chocolate muffins. The muffins didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, but it gave me the inspiration for this recipe, so it wasn’t so bad after all! This kind of bread is hearty and chewy, with a unique flavor due to the addition of cocoa. Why not enjoy a slice or two alongside your main meal one of these nights?
(As usual, you’ll want to feed your sourdough starter a few hours before mixing up the dough for this bread. This recipe is easy because you just mix everything in a bowl, let it sit for a few hours, then bake!)
First off, grab a good size bowl and pour the water into it. Then add the rest of the ingredients, except for the starter, and mix together. Make sure to combine everything thoroughly, then add the sourdough starter and mix again until it’s all combined. The mixture should be thick, but still wet, not forming a ball.
Now divide the dough evenly between two greased bread pans, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to sit in a warm place for several hours (I let the loaves in the pictures go for eight hours.) I wouldn’t suggest letting them sit more than twelve hours, since were not going for a super sour taste with this bread.
Here’s the dough after the rising time! After preheating your oven to 350 degrees, place the pans in the oven and bake for 50 minutes.
And that’s it! I hope you’ll enjoy this easy, chewy, sourdough brown bread recipe!
No Fuss Brown Bread Recipe
3 1/4 cups water
5 cups flour
1/3 cup + 2 TBSP cocoa
1 TBSP salt
2 TBSP honey
2 TBSP sugar
3/4 cup active sourdough starter
Combine the water through sugar in a large bowl, mixing thoroughly. Now add the starter, and combine well. Divide the dough evenly into two greased loaf pans.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 8 hours, preferably no more than 12, if you wish to let it sit more than 8. At the end of the rise time, place the pans into the oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake for 50 minutes.
After taking the loaves out of the oven, remove the bread from the pans and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Then cut a thick slice, slather it with butter if you so desire, and enjoy every bite of this easy to make bread!
Note: I have made this bread using only 1/2 cup of starter, instead of 3/4, so feel free to adjust the amount of starter if you like.