The grain-like buckwheat is not related to wheat, but related to sorrel and rhubarb. It has a nutty flavour, and high nutritional value—-an excellent source of protein, soluble fiber, minerals and despite the confusing name, buckwheat is gluten free.
This buckwheat bread, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, studded with whole hazelnuts, candied ginger, soft dates and fresh pear, is made with a blend of buckwheat and wheat flours, so it’s not gluten-free. The finished dough is rather sticky even though I have used 50 grams more bread flour than the amount the original recipe
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- Soak buckwheat groats in the boiling water for 2 hours until all the water has been absorbed. Peel, core and dice the pear. Dice the candied ginger and dried dates. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add in maple syrup, soaked buckwheat groats, flours, hazelnuts, and salt. Mix first at slow speed for 4 minutes, then increase the speed and mix for a further 4 minutes. Fold in diced pear, candied ginger, and soft dates. The dough is rather sticky.
- Turn it onto a floured work surface and dust the dough with a little flour. Cover with a kitchen towel and rest for 30 minutes at the room temperature. Fold and shape the dough into a round every 10 minutes.
- Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper. Place the dough into the pan and rest for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 210C/410F with a roasting tray filled with water at the bottom of the oven. Bake the bread in the middle rack of hot oven for 45-50 minutes.