Homemade red-wine bread
Preparation: 15 minutes
Resting time: 2 hours
Cooking: about 45 minutes
Cost per loaf: about $6.00
Makes 1 large loaf
1 L (4 1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
10 mL (2 tsp) salt
180 mL (3/4 cup) warm water
180 mL (3/4 cup) red wine
45 mL (3 tbsp) honey
10 mL (2 tsp) dry yeast
125 mL (1/2 cup) toasted walnuts
125 mL (1/2 cup) dried figs, sliced (you can replace the dried figs with raisins or other dried fruit like cranberries, dates, pears).
1 Mix flour and salt. Set aside.
2 Mix water, wine, honey and yeast. Let rise.
3 Add flour mixture, nuts and figs.
4 Knead until dough feels elastic.
5 Cover and let double in volume (about one hour) in a warm and moist area.
6 Shape into loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
7 Cover and let double in volume (about one hour).
8 Thirty (30) minutes prior to baking, preheat oven to 260ºC (500ºF).
9 Score top of dough and place in the oven.
10 Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce temperature to 200ºC (400ºF).
11 Continue baking for another 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.