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Sourdough Discard Day: Make Date-Rye Bread


Not having fed my rye-based starter in over a week, I had a very, very, hungry yeast beast with quite a tangy scent. To tame some of the "sourness," I decided to make a bread with some natural sweetness to it--Date-Rye Bread. The bread includes brown sugar and molasses, but it also is studded with moist bits of caramel-sweet dates. Walnuts add crunch and a touch of bitterness. I used a rye-based starter and a cup of rye flour, giving the bread a deep, earthy, complex flavor as well as extra moistness. Nonetheless, I also included all-purpose flour, which keeps the bread from being too dense. The b