Cato's grape bread (mustaceus)
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Cato's grape bread (mustaceus)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:46:53 AM. Recipe ID 7358. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Cato's grape bread (mustaceus)
 Categories: Breads
      Yield: 4 Servings
      4 c  Unbleached, all-purpose
    1/2 c  Lard, shortening, or butter
           Melted and cooled
    1/4 c  Feta cheese, crumbled and
           Mashed into a paste
      1 ts Cumin seed, ground
      1 ts Anise, ground
  1 1/2 c  Grape juice, purple or white
      1 pk Dry yeast
      8    Bay leaves
     1) Place the flour, lard, mashed cheese, ground cumin and anise,
  and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Blend well. Add the grape juice and
  mix the dough well for 2-3 minutes until all the grape juice is
  absorbed and evenly distributed.  The dough will be damp and sticky,
  but no internal dry areas should appear by the end of the mixing. If
  they do, mix a few minutes more or add a little more grape juice and
  mix again.
     2) Let the dough rest 5 minutes.  Now sprinkle 1 or 2 tbsp. flour
  over the dough and knead, either in the bowl or on a lightly floured
  surface for 5-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and
  only slightly sticky.  Add more flour if needed.  Let the dough rest
        2    minutes.
     3) The dough should now be very smooth and easy to handle. Knead 30
  seconds more, return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with a dish
  towel or large plate, and let rise at room temperature for at least 3
     4) Sprinkle top with flour, punch down, and form the dough into 4
  rectangular loaves (4 in. by 2 in. by 2-1/2 in.). Place two bay
  leaves on the bottom of each loaf, and lay them, leaf side down, on a
  greased cookie sheet.  Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour,
  until well risen.
     5) Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 minutes, until the
  loaves are brown on top and make a hollow sound when tapped on the
  bottom. Serve when cool. NOTE: To make these breads without
  leavening, omit the yeast, knead the dough thoroughly, then bake at
  350 degrees for about 2 hours. They will be chewy and moist, and very
  foreign to our taste. The Romans thought unleaven bread was manlier
  and much better for the digestion.

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Recipe ID 7358 (Apr 03, 2005)

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