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Roscoff loaf

Roscoff loaf

This speciality bread from Roscoff (a small town in Brittany, northwest France) is enriched with onions, red wine and smoked sausage.

What really sets this bread apart is that instead of water, the dough is made with red wine in which the sliced onions are left to soak overnight.

The onions are drained next day and cooked before being mixed into the dough.

This gives the bread a very distinctive flavour: onions, red win, smoked sausage.

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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

For 2 loaves, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
36 min.3 hours 30 min.1 hour 10 min.5 hours 16 min.
Preservation: Several days, preferably in a cloth bag.
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1 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #1The day before baking, or even a several days beforehand, cook the sausages in the oven at 360°F (180°C). The sausages should be nicely browned and, if there are any cooking juices, keep these for adding to the recipe later.

Leave the sausages to cool, then wrap in plastic film and keep refigerated until needed for the dough.
30 min.
2 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #2Another thing to do the day before: Peel, rinse and slice 300 g onion thinly.

Put the oinions into a tall container and pour 300 ml red wine over.
10 min.
3 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #3Next day, drain the onions... 3 min.
4 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #4...and collect the wine they have soaked in.
5 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #5Melt 30 g butter in a saucepan on medium heat, then add the soaked onions.

Cook for about 5 minutes without colouring.

Leave to cool.
5 min.
6 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #6Cut the sausages into slices or small dice. 4 min.
7 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #7Put into a food-mixer bowl: 500 g plain white flour (French Type 65), 9 g salt, 15 g yeast, 100 g Soured dough (if possible) and then add the onion-flavoured wine.

If you collected any sausage cooking juices, now is the time to add them.

Knead on slow speed for 10 minutes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.
10 min.
8 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #8Add the onions and sausage, then knead for a further 2 minutes until these are mixed in. 2 min.
9 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #9Gather the dough into a rough ball and transfer to a large clean bowl. 2 min.
10 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #10Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest at room temperature for 1 hour 30 minutes. 1 hour 30 min.
11 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #11After resting, turn the dough out onto the work surface and cut into lumps of about 1 lb (500 g). 5 min.
12 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #12Shape into medium-sized loaves and lay in proving baskets.

Cover once more with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 2 hours.
2 hours
13 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #13Preheat the oven to 480°F (250°C). Turn each loaf out onto a baking sheet or your baker's shovel. slash the top and bake with steam for about 35 minutes (do watch for the loaves browning). 35 min.
14 Roscoff loaf : Photo of step #14Leave to cool on a wire or wooden cooling rack.

Your Roscoff loaf is done.

Remarks

To keep the recipe's very Breton character, try to use Molène sausages and pink onions (from Roscoff, of course), if possible. But if you can't get these, normal onions and another type of smoked sausage will work fine.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3755107 gr450 gr141 gr
188 %41 %42 %21 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2427 gr29 gr9 gr
12 %3 %3 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 2 loaves : 7.34 €
Per loave : 3.67 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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