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After brewing another 10 gallon double batch of Graff (a type of malted, hopped, hard cider) I decided I needed to explore options besides just drinking it all. This led me to some searching for other cider products and the baking of:
• 1 bottle of Graff (hard cider)
• 2 Tbsp softened butter
• 3 cups bread flour
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp dry active yeast
1. Put all ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions and set for dough cycle (Generally: wets, fats, flours, other dry items, yeast)
2. When dough cycle ends, put dough in well-greased loaf pan and punch down.
3. Cover dough and let rise for ~30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F
4. Bake bread for about 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil after 30 minutes if browning too much.
5. Remove bread from pan and cool completely on a wire rack
After making a loaf of this bread I have to say that drinking it may become only my second favorite thing to do with my home brewed cider. The apple taste is subtle but certainly there. This bread is sweet enough for breakfast but neutral enough to be served with a savory meal as well. I haven't tried yet but I believe some mind-blowingly good french toast could also be produced from this loaf.
Q: But I don't have a bottle of your homemade hard cider?!
A: If you are local, you are welcome to stop by and I'll give you a bottle. Otherwise you can use commercial hard cider such as Hornsby or Woodchuck or you can just use plain old [non-hard] apple cider from the grocery store [be sure it is unsulfited as sulfites will kill the bread yeast]. A bottle = 12oz.
Q: What if I don't own a bread machine?
A: Buy one! I got my bread machine in like-new condition for $10 off craigslist but I know there is always a pile of them at the local thrift store too. For $10 the bread maker has already paid for itself after only a few 'specialty loaves' that would cost $3-5 at the store. You can also knead the dough by hand but you'll have to look up further instructions for that yourself.
Q: What should I grease the pan with?
A: I used a Pampered Chef stoneware bread pan with a light spray of PAM. Bread popped right out with no problems.