This recipe, the product of long experimentation, produces a dense and zesty loaf. Warning: highly addictive (in the best way)!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 hrs 10 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
3 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 3-pound loaf
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put dill pickle juice, water, vegetable oil, salt, white sugar, wheat germ, oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and yeast, respectively, in the pan of a bread machine.

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  • Select Sandwich and Three-Pound Loaf settings; press Start. Cycle should take about 3 hours 10 minutes to complete.

  • Remove loaf from bread pan and allow to cool on wire rack at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

'Pickle juice' means the juice from a jar of pickles. The proportion of pickle juice to water can be varied as desired, so long as the total liquid is 2 cups.

Similarly for the dry ingredients: 3 cups white flour, 1 cup whole-wheat flour, and 1 1/2 cups of any flour substitute will work well as long as the total is 5 1/2 cups.

If your bread machine doesn't have 'sandwich' and 'three-pound' settings, you'll have to experiment with your settings.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 31.9g 10% DV; fat 3.6g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 111mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
Omg. Delicious and moist. I halved the recipe and used the regular bread cycle with a light crust.. I used bread flour instead of regular flour and couldn't have been more thrilled. A little honey on the side and it's a wonderful treat. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2015
Wanted to like this and once done tried to strongly coax and encourage myself to like it but in the end I accepted I just really didn't care for this very much. While the submitter describes this as "a dense and zesty loaf " I found it to be overly dense with an underdeveloped crumb and very little pickle juice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2014
Omg. Delicious and moist. I halved the recipe and used the regular bread cycle with a light crust.. I used bread flour instead of regular flour and couldn't have been more thrilled. A little honey on the side and it's a wonderful treat. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2014
This bread has great flavor - kind of nutty with a tang of dill. I mostly just use my machine to mix dough, which I did here. Mine will only make a 2lb. loaf anyway...It does the first rise, and this loaf didn't rise nearly as much as other breads I've done - and I used 1TBLSP instant yeast + 1TBLSP gluten. You do state your recipe makes a "dense" loaf, and it sure would have if I hadn't changed things! To make sure I got the max flavor of the pickle juice (I used 2c juice & no water) I put it in the fridge overnight. I then formed it into 4 little "French" loaves & let it rise, which took a long time because of starting cold. I then baked them @ 400* for 22 minutes. They are SO good, but not too dense, which I prefer. One loaf already gone for my dinner (with spicy tuna salad on it). I will be making this often - thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2015
Wanted to like this and once done tried to strongly coax and encourage myself to like it but in the end I accepted I just really didn't care for this very much. While the submitter describes this as "a dense and zesty loaf " I found it to be overly dense with an underdeveloped crumb and very little pickle juice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2019
Add Italian seasoning and hemp seeds tastes amazingly wonderful. Thank you this creative recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2018
I was wondering if a little more yeast was added if it would raise higher. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2015
We LOVED this bread and I don't even really like pickles! I only eat them on a cheese toastie and a hamburger - nothing else. But this recipe has intrigued me since I first saved it. I had to make this with my KA mixer and a bread pan as my bread machine will not make a loaf this size. I let the KA do its thing and then I formed a loaf and let it rise in a bread pan for 1 hour. Knowing that this would be a very heavy loaf I added 1 TB of yeast and 1 TB of vital wheat gluten to make it a little lighter. It baked at 400 for 22 minutes but should have baked for about 25-26 minutes. I am taking the rest of the loaf to school to share with co-workers and play 'guess the ingredient'. Lucky for me I have a huge jar of pickle juice to make this recipe again. (The benefits of running the school concession stand.) We enjoyed this bread with 'Better than Zuppa Toscana' from AR. I will not hesitate to share this recipe. It is a keeper in our house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2016
Makes great grilled cheese sandwich. Read More