Carob Bread (Pao com Alfarroba)

Pao de Alfarroba, or Carob Bread, is a popular Portuguese and Mediterranean style of making bread which uses Carob powder as the main ingredient. Carob powder is typically used as a substitute for cocoa powder in the Mediterranean and adds a uniquely sweet flavor and texture to the bread. Carob bread is a richly flavored and slightly sweet bread with a dark color, slightly similar to German pumpernickel.

1.5 cups warm water
1.5 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 pound wheat flour
2 tablespoons carob flour (If you can’t find this locally, you can buy some easily here on Amazon)
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon olive oil

1) In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients except for the yeast together.
2) Now pour the yeast over the dough and mix it in.
3) Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes until it is even and consistent.
4) Mold the dough into a ball and place on a board sprinkled with flour.
5) Allow the dough to rise for about 2-3 hours until it has doubled in volume. Cover the dough with the teaspoon of olive oil so it does not dry.
6) Preheat the oven to 395 degrees fahrenheit.
7) Place the dough inside a greased baking mold. Cover the dough with a teaspoon of flour.
8) Bake for 35 to 40 minutes and once it is done, leave it to cool on a wire rack.
10) Once it has cooled, it is ready to serve.

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