Baked to Perfection: Enjoying a Loaf of Hops Bread
For many, the idea of baking a loaf of hops bread can be intimidating. The combination of hops with bread seems out of place, but as it turns out, the flavor is simply delightful! The warm and welcoming aroma of hops mixed with the hearty texture of whole-grain wheat, creates a unique and irresistible treat.
The unique combination of hops and wheat flour dates back centuries, originating in central and eastern Europe. This delicious treat was often served during special occasions such as Easter, or to reward a worker who performed their tasks well. Today, it is now enjoyed by those who want to add something special to the table.
When mixing and baking hops bread, it is important to note that there are some special instructions to follow. In order to prevent a gummy texture, the dough must be allowed to double in size before baking. Additionally, the hops should be boiled at a low temperature and added directly to the dough. To give the loaf of bread an added burst of flavor, the top of the dough can be brushed with a mixture of water heated with hops.
Hops Bread Recipe
• 2 cups of whole wheat flour
• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• 2.5 teaspoons of active dry yeast
• 1 teaspoon of Vegan sugar
• 1 teaspoon of sea salt
• 1 cup of hot water, boiled with 1 teaspoon of Tettnang hops
• 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons of Tettnang hops, pinch of dry malt syrup
1. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar and sea salt.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat the water, hops and extra-virgin olive oil and mix together.
3. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix together until a ball of dough is formed.
4. Place the dough in a bowl and let rise until it doubles in size.
5. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, place the dough onto the pan, and gently spread it out to the desired shape. Make sure to leave finger indentations in the top of the dough.
6. Preheat oven to 375°F.
7. Boil 2 tablespoons of hops in 2 cups of water, and add a pinch of dry malt syrup to the boiling mixture.
8. Brush the top of the dough with the hop-water mixture.
9. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the top has reached your desired level of brownness.
Whether served warm or cold, a slice of hops bread is sure to please. The combination of fragrant hops and hearty wheat grains creates a bread that bursts with flavor. As you savor each bite, you’ll be taken back in time to the ancient culinary traditions of central and Eastern Europe. Bake a loaf of hops bread and enjoy a delicious treat that just can’t be beat!