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I do not know where this bread got its name and it probably is rather arbitrary, if not random. But the checkerboard-style of scoring seems to be attached to “Cossack Bread”. One thing is sure: Slashing the dough like this yields some extra crust to chew on, which is a good thing. The bread-wash is optional and adds some shine. With 78% rye flour it is a hearty bread.

Kosakenbrot (1 loaf)

  • 300g rye sourdough made with a Type 1150 rye flour, hydration: 100%
  • 200g rye flour, Type 1150
  • 100g flour, Type 812, or strong white flour
  • 150g-200g water to make a sticky dough
  • 25g wheat germ
  • 9g salt

Bulk Fermentation: 1 hour in a warm place.
Final Fermentation: 1.5 hours in a warm place.
Bake: Score crosswise. Bake at 240°C for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 200°C and bake for further 35-45 minutes.

Starch wash

Dillute 10g potato starch in 30g cold water. Pour 200g boiling water over it and mix. Brush the hot loaf with this starch wash (“Brotstreiche”) as soon as it comes out of the oven. Option: Toast the potato starch beforehand.


Written by theinversecook

30 October 2007 at 19:07

6 Responses

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  1. Sieht lecker aus, nun kann ich ja wieder backen! Die Nachbackliste ist lang.


    30 October 2007 at 21:21

  2. @Ulrike: Super, ich bin gespannt.


    30 October 2007 at 23:50

  3. Wow that is fierce!



    31 October 2007 at 02:51

  4. Wondered myself why it looks like it was baked in a fireplace. Maybe the slashing?


    31 October 2007 at 14:19

  5. What about that strangley shaped linseed loaf?
    What is it? Looks like a python!


    31 October 2007 at 19:47

  6. A baguette a la Eric Kayser with a linseed soaker, that I mixed up one late night. I miscalculated the water content and it was a really wet dough. Turned out rather good though, very ciabatta-like. Shall post the recipe! Thanks.


    31 October 2007 at 20:15

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