You sprinkle your topping onto a rimmed baking sheet (I just put some on the counter), and after you loaf is formed but before rising you roll the loaf in the seeds. DUH!
Cooks suggests rolling the loaf on a dampened towel first, to moisten it, but I found that not to be necessary with our HB in 5 dough, though it may depend on the moisture in your dough that day. To save a towel, you might just use wet hands to form the loaf. Anyway, when I tried it it worked really well, so I thought I would share. I rolled one loaf all around, and so covered the whole thing, and then tried only rolling half the loaf. (The top one is the HB in 5 seeded oat bread and the bottom one is the AB in 5 semolina bread with sesame seeds.) So that is my mitzvah du jour.
This fortnight is (almost) all about pumpernickel. According to About.com "There is also a popular rye bread called pumpernickel, which was a West Phalian specialty (Osnabruck and surrounding area). It consists of cracked and whole rye berries which are soaked overnight in hot water, then packed into a closed mold and steamed for 16 - 24 hours. Modern production has reduced this time to 12 hours by adding yeast or sourdough to the mixture to help the heat penetrate through the dense dough through rising. Beet syrup is often also added, but the taste and aroma comes from caramelization and the Maillard reaction during baking. It can be stored for several month to several years and was used in the Middle Ages as emergency rations."
Our pumpernickel was baked, not steamed; for 30-35 minutes, not 12-24 hours; and we ate it all in a day, rather than keeping it for several months; so I cannot say if it would have stored for years or not, but I doubt it.
Our bread gets its dark color not so much from the Maillard reaction (a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar, usually requiring heat) as from caramel coloring and molasses, both of which contribute to the flavor profile. The AB in 5 pumpernickel also uses espresso powder and cocoa powder. I have used both of those in this dough when I made Date Nut Pumpernickel, but with the added whole grain and dark rye I am not sure how noticeable they really are.
We were supposed to use a brotform to shape this loaf as it rises, but the wetter HB in 5 dough can stick, which only leads tears, so I baked mine in my perforated bread pan. It baked up nicely
and had a good crumb and flavor.
The other loaf we were to bake was a rye/pumpernickel braid. I did a two strand braid, because that is one I can do.
It baked up nicely, although the color difference is not particularly noticeable from the outside, (except on the bottom).
After making these breads I still had a little pumpernickel dough left over, and I baked (cooked) it as I would for Naan. AB in 5 suggests using a cast iron skillet to make naan, which I have done, but it holds heat so well that it can overcook quickly, so this time I just used a 10 inch non-stick skillet, heated some oil in it, rolled out the dough and threw it in the pan. I covered the pan, and after a few minutes, flipped the dough, covered the pan and cooked for a few more minutes. It is the quickest bread you can make, and it turned out beautifully, soft and chewy and delicious.
Instead of saving some rye dough from the previous exercise for the braid, as instructed by our Fearless Leader (I never have followed directions well) I made two half batches, one for last time and one for this time. As a result, I had extra rye, and was suffering some baker's remorse for not having "manned up" and used my brotform for the pumpernickel. So I used it to make a loaf of rye. I used plenty of flour, and the dough was not too wet, so it worked pretty well. No tears.
I also used some of the extra rye to make the ham, cheese and sauteed cabbage variation of the Stuffed Sandwich loaf. Similar to Danielle's Stuffed Reuben, it was really good, especially with the rye bread.
Well that is it for now. Check back next time for Apple Barley Bread and Whole Grain Butterfat-and-Yolk-free Brioche.