If you consider yourself a bread-making connoisseur or something of an experimental bread maker — somebody who loves playing around with different ingredients and crafting unique, artisan loaves — this recipe for coffee flour bread is for you. Coffee flour is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in cake and biscuit baking, but can also be used for making bread, as you’re about to see.
Despite the name, coffee flour doesn’t actually taste like coffee, and it’s not something you’d put in your drink. It is, however, made from the coffee plant — the fruit surrounding the coffee bean, to be specific. As using this cuts the waste involved in coffee production, coffee flour is being hailed as a sustainable ingredient and great option for environmentally conscious bakers.
It’s also appealing for the health conscious amongst us, too, as it packs numerous benefits in just a small amount. It’s gluten free, high in fibre, rich in potassium, and packed with protein and antioxidants. As for the flavour, it’s a festive, nutty, fruity taste which will bring a twist to any bread recipe.
The recipe we’re going to use is for a delicious coffee flour sourdough loaf. This process involves overnight proofing, so make sure to be prepared and start on this the day before you intend to eat it.
The first step involves preparing the leaven, and you’ll need the following: ingredients for this:
- 50g sourdough starter culture
- 45g bread flour
- 40g water
- 5g coffee flour
For the bread itself, you’ll also need:
- 360g bread flour
- 250g water
- 40g coffee flour
- 10g salt
Method: preparing the leaven
- Mix the bread flour, starter culture, coffee flour and water until it forms a consistent mixture
- Leave this to sit at room temperature for up to six hours, or until it has doubled in size.
Method: preparing the coffee flour bread dough
- Once your leaven is ready you can add it to your bread flour and coffee flour, along with 250g water
- Mix this well until completely combined (no lumps!)
- Cover the dough with a wet towel, and leave it to rest for around 30 minutes
- Once the 30 minutes is up, dissolve the salt in 30g of water and add this to the mixture.
Method: stretching and folding the dough
This is an important process in making sourdough and will add elasticity to the dough.
To do this:
- Take the dough in your hands and stretch it out flat
- Fold the dough back in on itself
- Rotate the dough approximately 90 degrees
- Repeat 4 times, until all the mixture has been stretched and folded.
Repeat this process once every 8-10 minutes, for two hours. Then, leave the dough to stand for another two hours without stretching or folding.
Method: creating tension
- Lightly cover your work surface with flour and place the dough on top
- Fold the dough over on itself, allowing air to become trapped inside, and drag it across the counter towards you
- Rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat this process
- Repeat twice more until the dough is back in its starting position.
Now, form the dough into the shape you’re intending your coffee flour bread to be. Place it in a basket and leave it in the fridge to proof overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 480°F/ 250°C with a bread tin or Dutch oven inside
- Once the oven has come to temperature, remove the tin
- Place the dough inside the tin with the lid on
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Remove the lid from the tin and reduce the oven temperature to 230°C/ 445°F
- Bake for 20 minutes more
- Remove the loaf from the oven and leave it to cool for at least 30 minutes.
Your coffee flour bread is now ready to enjoy! Slice it thick and slather it with a butter or margarine of your choice. If you’re preparing sandwiches or toast, the nutty flavour of the coffee flour will go particularly well with a blue cheese, or fruit chutneys like fig or cranberry.
For something a little different, coffee flour also makes a delicious winter fruit loaf. It can be added as an extra ingredient to any fruit loaf recipe to bring extra flavour and nutrients.
However, you decide to serve it, coffee flour bread is a great addition to your bread-making repertoire and bound to grab attention at any coffee morning or afternoon tea party. Enjoy!