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I’ve always loved to bake. I grew up with my mother baking banana bread, chocolate cakes and cookies quite often, so my love for baking is no real surprise. But several years ago when I discovered how to bake bread, a whole new world opened up to me. I absolutely love baking homemade bread! There is just something relaxing about coaxing a few simple ingredients into a dough and then into a loaf of baked bread. Plus, I’ve never met a loaf of fresh, homemade bread that I didn’t like. I’m pretty sure I could eat an entire loaf when it’s fresh out of the oven!
Did you know that homemade bread dates all the way back to caveman days? Our early ancestors realized that if they ground grains into a paste and then let them rest, then they would attract wild yeast from the air. (They probably didn’t know it was yeast, but they knew how to use it.) Then they learned that the dough could be left on a hot rock or near a fire, and it would bake up into a loaf of bread. They just had to hope the dinosaurs didn’t snack on the bread (or them) first. Nothing puts a downer on a party faster than someone getting eaten by a dinosaur.
Seriously, though, I’m mega-impressed that our ancestors figured out how to bake fresh bread. I’m sure it looked far different than the breads we make today, but it’s still pretty cool. Maybe my next experiment will be to head out into the backyard and try to bake bread on a hot rock. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
As for this Marbled Rye Bread, I cheated and baked it in an oven. I also chose to spend a couple of extra minutes and make 2 batches of dough in order to make marbled rye instead of ‘normal’ rye bread. Did you know that the dark half of this Marbled Rye Bread takes its color from unsweetened cocoa powder? And did you know that the characteristic taste of rye bread is actually a result of the caraway seeds as opposed to the flour? Fun facts to know and share about rye bread! (Of course, if you actually share those facts with your friends, then they might think you are a nerd. My friends already know I’m a nerd, so I’m ok with it.)
My all-time favorite use of rye bread is the classic reuben sandwich. I’ve always been a huge fan of hot sandwiches, and the reuben is a New York City deli classic. Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and a couple slices of Swiss cheese combine to create a tasty sandwich…but the key is the rye bread. A reuben just isn’t a reuben without rye bread. Oh, and a pickle. You’ve got to serve reubens with pickles!
Does all this talk about Marbled Rye Bread remind you of anything? Say perhaps Seinfeld? Yup, there was an entire episode of Seinfeld dedicated to a loaf of Marbled Rye Bread. And they say that Seinfeld was a show about nothing…
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to treat Dad to some of the rest and relaxation that he well deserves! I suggest making him some homemade Marbled Rye Bread and serving it up reuben-style for lunch. I wasn’t a huge fan of reubens when I was a kid, but I do remember my Dad ordering them when we went out for lunch. Isn’t it strange how certain things trigger memories? For me, reuben sandwiches remind me of my Dad. Odd? Sure. But it’s true!
Speaking of Dad memories, I was shaving the other day and something just got me thinking about Dad. I totally remember the moment when he taught me how to shave like it was yesterday. (It wasn’t yesterday…I’m far too old for that.) I remember how nervous I was to use a razor. I remember how the shaving cream felt kinda funny on my skin. Funny enough, I remember Dad’s razor, too. (He let me use his razor the first time, and then he bought me my own.) Ultimately, though, shaving is kinda like riding a bike or learning how to drive a car. It seems so difficult at first, but before long it’s just second nature. I’ve been shaving for years now, and (just like my Dad) I still trust Schick to give me a perfect shave every time.
Bonus: From now through July 10th, purchase any 2 participating men’s Schick or Edge products in a single transaction and get 2 Fandango Movie Tickets (up to a $20 total value). That means you can restock your razor stash and treat Dad to a night at the movies!
But before I leave you, I have to encourage you to make this bread! Homemade bread is such an impressive thing to make…but it’s truthfully not that difficult. It does take time, and it does involve yeast. But the steps are not that challenging. Give this Marbled Rye Bread a shot. Before you know it, you’ll be baking bakery-quality loaves of bread in your own kitchen (or on a rock in the backyard–just watch out for dinosaurs.)
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