A nod to two common pandemic activities - drinking and baking.
After mixing Mr Black in a lot of varied liquid forms, it seemed logical to try it as a baked cocktail.
The Mr Black and vanilla comes through softly, with date and cranberry flavours making it a more adult fruit bread.



 280 g Water
 50 g Mr Black
 1 g Vanilla essence
 11 g Salt
 90 g Sourdough starter
 500 g Plain flour
 25 g Dried sweetened cranberries
 60 g Medjool dates (chopped)



Add water, Mr Black, vanilla essence and salt to a mixing bowl and stir with a fork


Add starter to mixed liquids and stir until starter combines with the liquid


Add flour, cranberries and Medjool dates to the liquid mix and combine with a fork until it becomes a sticky dough. Cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes
Optional: for a sweeter bread, soak chopped Medjool dates in the water that will be used for 4 hours


Work the dough until it becomes firm


Cover with a damp cloth for 10-12 hours (bulk rise). It should rise 1.5-2 times during this time
Optional: After 60 and/or 120 minutes do a round of stretch and fold to give Baker Mr Black more height


After bulk rise is complete, place dough onto a floured surface and shape by grabbing a portion, pulling it up and folding it to the centre of the dough. Rotate dough and repeat until a full circle has been completed


Place dough back in bowl with the smooth side facing up. Cover and let it sit for 30 minutes


Place smooth side on the floured surface. Repeat step 6.


Flip dough (smooth side facing up) and use hands to cup the dough and tighten the shape


Place in a linen cloth lined bowl (smooth side down) and cover for it to puff up, approximately 30-60 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 450F


Flip the dough onto baking paper, sprinkle with flour and rub hands over it


Use a serrated knife (or a bread lame if you roll that way) to score the dough at 12-3-6-9 o’clock or North-North East-South and North-North West-South curves


Place in Dutch oven to bake for 25 minutes with lid on and 30 minutes with lid off. Alternatively, place a pan with boiling water in the oven and dough on a tray. Bake for 20 minutes with boiling water in oven and then 20-30 minutes without. For either approach, the crust should be a mocha brown colour


Let it cool for 1-2 hours, slice and enjoy with lashings of butter

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  1. Johan_O 13 October 2021 at 5:54 am

    A for originality. Awesome!

  2. nakarako 14 October 2021 at 1:38 am

    Seriously brave move to enter in a bread recipe in a coffee liquor cocktail contest.

  3. Marek Mann 14 October 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Voting this up just for the sake of it :’-D

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