Crusty Chipotle & Onion Bread


Hot summer? Hot bread!

This is a savory and spicy Grandmother Bread with reduced sugar and increased heat to form a crispy crust–using the sponge method for an airy texture.

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How to make Crusty Chipotle & Onion Bread:

To start the sponge–
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt

To finish the bread–
2 tablespoons dried chopped chipotle peppers
1 tablespoon dried flaked onion
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
approx. 2 cups flour

Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir in the 1 cup of flour and the garlic salt. Cover and let sit for 2 to 12 hours.

When you’re ready to finish the bread, add the chipotle peppers (seeds and all!) and onion then the vital wheat gluten. The gluten is for an extra airy texture with “holes” in the bread. Gradually mix in the remaining flour. Add flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. You want to go with a wetter dough here to keep the light texture. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again before shaping into a loaf.

Place loaf on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Spray the inside of the oven and the top of the loaf with water. Bake loaf for approximately 25 minutes or until hot, browned, and crusty.

I haven’t made a new bread recipe in a while. That was fun! Where’s the butter?

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  1. yvonnem says:

    You amaze me with your creativity and baking skills. It looks delicious, and I think I would like it with lasagna or spaghetti. :hungry:

  2. Auntie Linda says:

    Suzanne, do you think you could do this and substitute garlic for the chipoltes? I have LOTS of garlic this year, but no hot peppers so far, and I don’t really like the ones from the supermarket. Thanks – love your recipes!

  3. easygoinglady says:

    mmmmm, yummy sounding.:happyflower:

    I use the vital wheat gluten most of the time when i bake to help the loaves have that airy quality. Usually about a teaspoon per loaf. I have been going to experiment on increasing the amount.

  4. rhubarbrose says:

    No kidding – pass the butter!!!! Mmmmm.

  5. joykenn says:

    I usually add dough enhancer made with your recipe to Grandmothers Bread. For this recipe should I skip this and just add gluten alone? What is “vital” gluten?

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