If you've noticed that I've been dragging my feet in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, it's only because I have been. In fact, I've been dragging my head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes) along with my feet regarding this pumpernickel bread. I was 100% certain that I would not only dislike this bread, I was 200% certain that I would actually hate it. And before all you math geeks out there feel the need to tell me that you can't hate something 200%, I'm going to tell you to go back to school, take a bread baking class, then report back to me.
With all that said, I felt no need to take more than this one obligatory photo for this post. I mean after all, since I was 200% sure I was going to hate it, why waste the film, right? (That saying actually meant something back in the day before digital cameras, but I do realize that it means nothing now...LOL)
Anyway, it turns out that I LOVED this bread. Shock my shorts and call me a Levis-lit liar, but I really, really enjoyed this bread. I'm now regretting that because of my 200% certainty of hatred, I only made half the recipe. I nibbled on this bread with cheese and mustard all last week and it was delicious to the very last slice. I'm also thinking this would be a great bread to use with my Hanky Pankies recipe and will keep this in mind for when the holidays approach next winter.
With only one more sourdough recipe left, I'll admit that I'll be glad to leave this section of the book. Next up: Sunflower Seed Rye. (Care to place a bet on how long I'll drag my feet before making this one?)