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Overnight Country Brown — Happy Easter


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I found this at the well known German bread blog “Plötzblog”. These are little buns with a high rye content common to Southern Tyrol. This is my translation of the German recipe:

Typical for this author he uses very precise measurements and specific temperatures.



Starter 16 g

Ryeflour (German type 997) 80g

Water 80 g @ 50°C

Salt 1.6 g


Let this rest for 12 -16 hours at room temperature.




Wheat flower (German type 550, similar to all purpose flour) 80g

Water 52 g @ 20°C, i.e. room temperature


Let this rest for 30 minutes.


Main dough:


Combine levain, the dough form the autolysis


Rye flour 232 g

Water 204 g @ 50°C

Liquid malt (inactive) 16 g — I used honey instead

Salt 7 g

Spices 2 - 4 g (fennel, anise, caraway, ….)

He also mentions Schabzigerklee , an herb that grows in this region but again something I can’t get my hands on, just for completeness sake.


Mix and let rest for 2.5 hours.


Spread dough on a well floured surface and separate dough pieces of 100g, shape into rounded pieces and place on parchment paper in pairs. Let sit for 60 minutes uncovered. The author specifically confirms the uncovered surface in one of his comments stating that it creates the desired rough surface.


Bake at 250°C for 20 minutes using steam.


I prepared this today, and as you may be able to see the result looks pretty good.


Try, if you like





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I coped this from the Breadtopia website (

I am very impressed with the outcome. The was this morning's bake:


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dmsnyder's recent blog entry "San Joaquin sourdough two ways" ( piqued my interest.

I had to try my hand at Pain rustique. I stuck to the recipe faithfully. I found the dough rather soft and had trouble shaping it. The dough didn't stay in shape for the last proofing phase, and the little buns appeared a bit flat but the final result is everything I had hoped for. This is my 1st. attempt at SJSD and I will definitely keep at it.

merci beaucoup mon amie


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I've been baking this traditional sourdough for quite a while now.

The method is described here:

I changed it by using rye sourdough starter rather than wheat as called for in the description, and because I was a little low on whole wheat flour this particular bread has a higher proportion of spelt.

Proofing was done in the fridge overnight and the dough had risen nicely and appeared to have nice gas bubbles in it. I de-gassed only lightly, formed a boule and rested in a bannten for about an hour before baking in a cloche. 

My question is: Do you think the crust is broken up too much. I slashed the bread but it almost looked as is if the top came off like a 'square academic cap'.

 Kind of scholarly, come to think of it :)

But what would be the reasons for such a break-out? Too little de-gassing, should I have given it more time for the 2nd proof?

Thanks for your input.


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I tried to recreate this nearly 100% rye bread according to the well known German bread blogger "brotdoc".

For a description, see here:

You can use the English translation of the website.

I modified the method somewhat, didn't use a machine to knead the bread, didn't have fresh yeast, and used a cloche to bake it. It turned out alright. The crumb is pretty dense and a day after baking is still very moist. It is close to the German tradition, however, as I remember it.




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Followed the recipe, except I used rye sourdough starter.

The beets came from our garden. The taste is superb, the crumb retains nice moisture.

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This is a modification of the Overnight Country Brown that Ken Forkish describes. In fact, I changed it so much that one might argue that it is not the same bread, but here it goes for one loaf:

Levain, active rye sourdough, 100% hydration, 110g

white bread flour, 250g

whole wheat flour 130g

12 grain flour 100g

water 340g at approx. 35 degrees Celsius

salt 11g.

I tried an autolyse but got impatient after 15 minutes and mixed everything by hand and kneaded it until it looked half-way mixed. I followed by 4 S&Fs in the bowl approximately 15-20 minutes apart. Then I let the dough rest for 2 hours at room temperature after which I placed it in the fridge for approx. 18 hours. I would say that the dough had more than doubled and had that nice spongy appearance when I I emptied it onto a floured board. Without messing too much with the dough I shaped it into a boule and placed it in a banneton for 45 minutes. I baked it in a cloche. The bread tastes absolutely fantastic, it has a fairly light open crumb, and the crust also had a good crunchy feel to it. To me it's definitely worth repeating.



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This was first described here by freerk. 

I modified the recipe by not using yeast and using a very active rye starter (100% hydration). As high extraction flour I used Red Fife. The dough was very slack so that I could't really formed a batard, and I used an oblong cloche. The taste was beautiful.


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I hadn't baked for a while and decided to make Field Blend # 2 form K. Forkish's FWSY.

I prepared the levain using 100g active rye sourdough starter and used Red Fife flour instead of the wholewheat.

Then I realized that the recipe calls for only 360g of the levain, and that 640g would be discarded.

Dang! As others said this sounds incredibly wasteful. So I thought of using the 640g of leftover levain.

It had risen nicely over 7 hours or so and looked almost like a poolish.

I took the 640g, added 100g Red Fife flour, 100g dark rye flour., and 160 g H2O. This gives an almost 80% hydration dough I believe. I did four S&Fs in th bowl over the next hour and let the dough rest for another hour. It was very slack and pretty much impossible to shape. I slid it into an oblong banter and placed it in the fridge overnight. I baked it straight out of the fridge in an oblong cloche. I didn't slash it. It came out pretty nice and it takes excellent.

In the future I'll think a bit more ahead but this 'experiment' turned out rather well.

(As an aside, I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I took this picture with an iPhone and for some reason the picture is rotated when I upload it. Any suggestions?




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