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Hazelnut Friendship Bread

Hazelnut Friendship Bread

Here's another recipe to use our Friendship Bread Starter ... Hope you still have your sponge 'brewing' in the fridge!

1 ½ cups warm water
1 packet of yeast
3 Tablespoons Hazelnut Oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup of bread starter
1 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark rye flour
¼ cup brown sugar
3 cups bread flour
3 Tablespoons Hazelnut Oil
4 ounces chopped Hazelnuts

Combine the warm water, yeast, hazelnut oil and sugar and let it set for 5 minutes.   In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture with 1 cup of Friendship Bread Starter and 1 cup of flour.  Mix well.  Cover this and place it in a warm location for 1 ½ hours, until it doubles in volume.

Back to the mixer!   To this risen mixture, add 1 teaspoon salt, 3 Tablespoons Hazelnut Oil, the rye flour and brown sugar.   Mix in the remaining 3 cups of bread flour and knead for 5 minutes.  In the last minute of kneading, add the chopped hazelnuts.   Form into four small loaves and cover and let rise for another hour, until they double in size.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.   While still hot, brush with melted butter or additional Hazelnut oil to soften the crust.

Don’t mistake this for a sweet bread because of the brown sugar and nuts.  It is just a nice soft loaf that will accompany any meal … or make beautiful chicken salad sandwiches!