Bread Baking Babes: Molasses Fennel Rye Bread (September 2012)

Molasses Fennel Rye: original recipe . for World Bread Day 2006 . BBB September 2012

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread

September 2012

This is the first bread recipe that I made and is the bread that caused my bread making craze that has now lasted for more than 20 years. I have the honour of being in the kitchen of the month and thought it might be fun for the other BBBabes to make it too.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

The recipe calls for all-purpose, rye and whole wheat flours as well as wheat germ. And molasses, fennel seeds, dried ginger and raisins too.


The dough is quite slack. After it has been kneaded, I folded it in the bowl a few times to strengthen it.

folding the doughfolding the dough

With only the tiniest nudge from the flat of a finger, the risen dough falls cleanly out of the bowl. Once on the board, I divided it in two and folded each piece in half before shaping it.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012
folding the doughdivide in two and fold each piece in half before shaping

I shaped the dough into two rounds. On one of the rounds, I balanced star cookie cutters, thinking we would freeze that loaf for Christmas.


Alas, I allowed the shaped loaf to over-rise.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

The star is still visible, but we can't serve that to guests!

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

The plain loaf looks a little better (although it's a bit on the flat side). This is the loaf we put in the freezer.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

The inside of the star loaf looks fabulous though. We could have served this to guests after all....

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

Clark's bread is the perfect foil for chicken liver pate with green peppercorns.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

And it's great with lentil soup as well.

Molasses Fennel Rye Bread - BBB September 2012

to blog from OUR kitchen:
Molasses Fennel Rye Bread from Memory Lane (BBB September 2012) <<- includes recipe

The Original Recipe

On a holiday many years ago, we went for a splash-out dinner at the fabulous restaurant "Clark's by the Bay" (now sadly closed) near Kingston, Ontario. With the spectacular dinner came the most wonderful freshly baked rolls. And because we came from far away Toronto, I thought it would be okay to ask how these rolls were made. Our server (who happened to be the owner and somalier) said he'd go to the kitchen and ask. And he returned about 30 seconds later and smiled as he handed me a piece of paper: a photocopy of the very recipe that had been published in the local paper a few weeks before. I still have that sheet of paper with the molasses fennel rye recipe that Clark handed me all those years ago. Here is what that once pristine sheet of paper looks like now. (Please read more details about the recipe here.)

molasses fennel rye - original recipe


Clark's Molasses Fennel Rye Bread

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