A careful perusal of The Schedule reveals that the assignment for last time, December 1st, was Number 22. But the next assignment, for January 1st is Number 24! And in between she has written "ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?" So, do we really have an episode off, or is she testing us to see if we are paying attention?
Well, I have not missed an assignment yet, tfu, tfu, tfu, (that is me spitting to ward off evil spirits and/or to avoid tempting fate). And just in case this is a test I do not plan to start missing assignments now. Besides, have to keep posting because I have my Groupies to think of.
OK. My Groupie.
OK. She is my wife.
But she is a hottie.
And she seems to really like my bread.
Anyway, about a year ago, during a similar hiatus, I posted about the Pumpernickel Date Walnut Bread from AB in 5. This year I decided to reprise that loaf, but using the Bavarian-Style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread from HB in 5. I weighed out the proper amount of wheat and rye berries, plus a few grams for the "Miller's Measure" (in this case the bit that stays in the mill), mixed them up and milled them in my Nutramill. It doesn't get much fresher than that. The only changes I made to the recipe were to include some instant espresso powder and some dutch cocoa powder as in the AB in 5 recipe and I omitted the caraway seeds called for in the HB version because I thought they might overpower the date/nut effect.
All you do to make this bread is take a pound of pumpernickel dough, roll it out to about 3/8 inches thick, spread about 1/3 cup each of chopped dates and chopped nuts on the dough, and roll it up into an oblong loaf. Then let it rise and bake it.
It turned out great, and is particularly good toasted.
Since I still had some pumpernickel dough left, and because I also had some of the WW Master recipe in the fridge, I also made a brown and white braid. I did a two strand braid using the technique demonstrated in this slightly unusual YouTube video Michelle tipped us off to in one of the early discussion posts.
It baked up beautifully, if I do say so myself.
So, whether Michelle was testing us or not, here is my submission for The Lost Assignment. I hope everyone has or had a great holiday of their choice and a has healthy, happy, prosperous and yeast filled new year.