Magical Black Bear BreadSara O'Donnell
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If there is a magical ingredient in the kitchen, it has to be yeast. And making bread with your kids is a great way to be, not only a magician, but to teach the lesson, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Although making homemade bread can be intimidating, this Magical Black Bear Bread is way less scary than Mor’du, the Black Bear in the movie Brave. Warm, fresh and slightly sweet, kids of all ages will gather round when this giant bear claw comes from the oven!
Magical Black Bear Bread
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/3 cup dark molasses or buckwheat honey
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
corn meal for dusting
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the dough hook attached, dissolve brown sugar with warm water.
2. Add yeast and stir gently with a spoon.
3. Allow yeast to bloom, about 5 minutes.
4. Begin adding flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
5. Half way through flour additions, add dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix throughly.
6. Three quarters of the way through flour additions, add the honey and canola oil.
7. Finish adding flour. You may need slightly more or less flour depending on climate at time of preparation.
8. Add salt and mix dough until elastic and smooth. For best results, a slightly sticky dough yields a fluffier loaf.
9. With oiled hands, remove dough from electric mixer bowl and hook and knead a few minutes more until shaped into a ball.
10. Place dough ball into oiled bowl and cover, first with plastic wrap, then with a towel.
11. Allow dough ball to rise in a warm, damp environment until doubled in size. This may take 3-6 hours. Allowing to rise overnight is acceptable as well.
12. When the dough has risen, punch down and re-form into ball.
13. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal and place dough ball in the center.
14. Using a pastry cutter/blender, cut “claws” in the dough ball.
15. Cover the “claw” first with plastic wrap, then with a towel and allow to rise until puffed.
16. Bake in a preheated 350(F) oven for 40 minutes or until internal temperature is between 190-200(F).
17. Allow bread to cool slightly and slice with a serrated knife as desired.
Makes one large loaf bread.
This recipe was inspired by the video for Merida’s Brave Bear Bento Box from Disney’s new series Dishes Inspired by Disney. Check out the video below:
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