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2016 Dabrownman’s Blog Index


1/1/2016 - New Year’s Eve Pizza – 2015

1/5/2016 - Westphalian Pumpernickel – 1537

1/8/2016 -  3 Starter Italian Olive Bread with Rosemary and Sun Dried Tomato

1/15.2016 - 100 % Rye with Rye Berry Scald, Walnuts, Sunflower, Pepitas and Aromatic Seeds

1/22/2016 - Dobie'a Challenge, Black Lager, 3 Starter, Sprouted 11 Grain, Sorta Ciabatta Rolls with Wheat Sprouts in a Baked Scald

1/29.2016 - 4 Starter Sprouted 7 Whole Grain Sandwich Bread

2/5/2016 - Deja Vu – Intensively Mixed Redox of 4 Starter Sprouted 100% Whole Multi-grain

2/11/2016 -

2/19/2016 -

2/26/2016 -

3/11/2016 -

3/16/2016 - Oh My! 3 Pies and a Green Crocodile!

3/25/2016 - Beer Tang Seed Zhong Half Whole Sprouted 9 Grain SD with Baked Scald

3/31/2016 - 3 Grain Sprouted White Sourdough with Sprouts Added In

4/8/2016  - 100% WG Rye & Wheat Sprouted YW/SD w/ Walnuts, Prunes, Cranberries & Sunflower

4/15/2016 - Altamura Style Whole Sprouted 6 Grain Sourdough with Bran Levain

4/22/2016 - Half Whole and Sprouted 7 Grain SD with Quinoa and Buckwheat Porridge

4/29/2016 - Almost, if you forget the 12 hour levain build, 1 day 6 Grain SD bread

5/6/2016 - 50 Percent Whole Grain Half Sprouted Jewish Deli Rye with Caraway and Minced Dried Onion

5/13/2016 - BBD #83 - 50% Whole 10 Grain Half Sprouted Beaujolais, Brie and Salami SD Rolls With Pistachios






1/1/2015 - New Years Eve Pizza

1/2/2015 - 50 % Whole Grain Sprouted 8 Grain SD/YW with Japanese Black Rice & Seeds

1/9/2015 - 50 Percent Whole Sprouted 16 Grain SD with Lake Havasu Desert Magic IPA

1/16/2015 - Sprouted Sourdough White Bread - A New Style SFSD

1/23/2015 - Lucy Takes Another Shot at Not So Tzitzel Like Sprouted Rye

1/30/2015 - Tête du Désert Vide de Lucie Sud-ouest Germées 5 Pain au Levain

2/6/2015 - Sprouted Ancient Grain Valentine’s Day DaBialotta’s

2/12/2015 - 100 % Whole Grain Kamut With 14 % Sprouted

2/12/2015 - 50 % Whole Grain Kamut 2 Ways with Malbec Kamut Risotto or Seeds & Prunes

2/12/2015 - Nothing Bread - 100% Unbleached Yeast Water White Bread

2/13/2015 - SD Sprouted Wheat Bread with Weird Scald

2/20/2015 - 4 Grain Sprouted Sourdough with Altus, Scald, Toadies & Porter - Going Darker

2/27/2015 - 100% Whole Spelt SD w/ 50% Sprouted Flour, Spelt Sprouts & Baked Scald

3/6/2015 - Lucy’s 5 Grain Sprouted Practice Sourdough Slash Bags with Scald

3/13/2015 - Lucy’s Practice Sprouted and Scalded Slash Bag - Take 2 - with a Boule too

3/16/10`5 - Cousin Jay’s Sprouted, Multigrain Sourdough with Flax Seed Scald

3/20/2015 - Sprouted Whole Multigrain Sourdough Bread with Malted scald & Pizza Kicker

3/27/2015 - Whole Sprouted 9 Grain Sourdough Bread with Walnuts and Sage

4/3.2015 - Sprouted 3 Grain Sourdough with Pecans, Cranberries and Malts

4/3/2015 - 3 Sprouted Grain Poolish Hot Cross Buns

4/10/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain, Cheese, Jalapeno, Polenta and Baked Scald Sourdough

4/10 2015 - Yeast Water Hot Dog Buns

4/17/2015 - Sorta Altamura Style Sprouted 4 Grain with Desert Durum, Seeds and Baked Scald

4/24/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough with Baked Scald and Guinness

5/1/2015 - 3 Day Old Rye Starter Makes a fine Sourdough the Old School Way

5/2/2015 - Old School Dark Sprouted Pumpernickel Sourdough – 2 ways

5/8/2015 - Sprouted Wheat and Rye Sourdough The Almost 1.2.3 Way

5/15/2015 - Real Bread Week - Spreading 40% Sprouted Whole 4 Grain Bread with Sprouts

5/22/2015 - A Request for Bread

5/29/2015 - Fig, Anise Sprouted 10 Grain Sourdough

6/5/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough - 60% Whole Grain

6/12/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough - 100 % Whole Grain

6/15/2015 - Yeast Buns with Rosemary, Sun Dried Tomato, Caramelized Onion & Mushrooms

6/19/2015 - Sprouted Kamut Sourdough - 75 % Whole Grain

6/27/2015 - Really Dark Old School Sprouted Pumpernickel – In memory of Barbra

7/3/2015 - Braune Mann aufgegangen mehrere Korn Sauerteigbrot für Unabhängigkeitstag

7/10/2015 - Double Levain SD with 5 Sprouted Grains

7/17/2015 - Bereit sind, arbeiten Sie hart und Opfern Sie viel Auswuchs Sauerteigbrot

7/24/2015 - Olive and Fig 9 Sprouted Grain Sourdough

7/31/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough - 50% Whole Grain with Pecans and Cranberries

8/7/2015 - Double Levain Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough with Seeds

8/14/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough White Bread with 40 Hour Retard and Yogurt Whey

8/21/2015 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough White Bread With 21 Hour Retarded Bulk Ferment

8/28/2015 - 50 Percent Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough with Dates, Walnuts and Guinness

8/28/2015 - SD / YW Combo Starter White Bread

9/4/2015 - Star Wars Sprouted Sourdough

9/4/2015 - Star Wars Sourdough Sandwich Slims

9/7/2015 - Yeast Water Labor Day Weekend Pizza

9/11/2015 - Lucy Combines 2 Dark Ways On A Dark Day – Westphalian Pumpernickel

9/18/2015 - 10 Grain Sprouted Sourdough

9/25/2015 - Double Levain 100 % Whole Wheat Half Sprouted At 100 % Hydration

9/28/2015 - Make Clour, or is it florn, Tortillas and Skip the Flour and Corn Ones

10/2/2015 - Ancient World Meets New One in Seeded Sprouted Sourdough

10/5/2015 - Nico’s Sourdough Pizza Crust and Focaccia

10/8/2015 - Sprouting and Malting Primer

10/9/2015 - High Extraction Sprouted Sourdough – Finally A Sort Of Real White Bread

10/16/2015 - World Bread Day 2015 - Sprouted Westphalian Sourdough Pumpernickel

10/22/2015 - 1849 Gold Rush Sprouted 12 Grain Sourdough Fruit Cake III

10/30/2015 - Bran Soaker Water Sprouted Multigrain Super Sour White Sourdough

11/6/2015 - 50 Percent Whole Sprouted 6 Grain Bran Soaker Super Sour Sourdough & Yeast Buns

11/13/2015 - YW SD Sprouted Multi-grain Bagels – 50 Percent Whole Grain

11/20/2015 - Sprouted Kamut and Wheat Sourdough with Filberts and Pepitas

12/03/2015 - Latvian Sprouted Saldskaaba Maize – Sprouted Sourdough Cider Rye

12/11/2015 - Germés pain au levain rustique avec les graines de lin

12/18/205 - Lucy’s Witch Yeast Fig and Pistachio Ancient Grain Bread

12/27/2015 - Cooked Potato Starter White Bread

12/30/2015 -Witchy Potato 6 Grain Sourdough with Seeds and Nuts





1/1/2014 - New Year’s Panettone - 2014

1/3/2014 - YW SD Spelt and White Whole Wheat Miche

1/5/2014 -  Saturday Night Pizza - 1/4/2014

1/7/2014 - YW SD ADY Poolish, Tang Zhong Rosemary, Sun Dried Tomato & Parmesan Buns

1/10/2014 - 28 % Whole Multigrain Sourdough with Corn, Potato, Farina and Oat.

1/12/2014 - Saturday Night Calzones – or are they Stromboli’s?

1/17/2014 - Go Tang Zhong Sour Cream, Seeded, Aromatic Sourdough Buns

1/18/2014 - Toady Tang Zhong Multigrain Sourdough Boule

1/23/2014 - Yeast Water and Poolish 42 Percent Whole Multigrain Walnut and Pistachio Bread

1/24/2014 - 50 Percent Whole Multi-grain Sourdough

1/31/2014 - 60 Percent Whole Multigrain Sourdough with Sprouts, Seeds & Yogurt Whey

2/1/2014 - 16 % Whole Multigrain SD with Sesame, Flax and Chia Seeds

2/7/2014 - Dark Russian Jewish Rye Bread with Porter, Prunes, Nuts and Aromatic Seeds

2/14/2014 - Lucy’s Take on Josh’s Version of Pane Maggiore On Valentines Day - 2 Ways

2/20/2014 - Lucy’s Take on Adri’s Westphalian Rye

2/28/2014 - Un-Smoked Spelt Sprouter with Turkish Figs, Seeds, Aromatics & Some Nuts

3/5/2014 - Poolish Calzones and Yeast Water Italian Bread

3/7/2014 - White SD Bread

3/14/2014 - St Paddy’s Day Challenge YW Shamrock on a !00% Whole Wheat SD Chacon

3/21/2014 - Too Pooped To Pop - 56.5 Percent Whole Multigrain Sourdough

3/26/2014- 107% Whole Grain 8 Grain Sourdough

4/4/2014 - 50 Percent Whole Grain 10 Grain Sourdough – One with Cranberries and Seeds

4/6/2014 - Poolish Naan

4/11/2014 - Plotziade Sourdough Chacon

4/13/2014 - Yeast Water Poolish Pizza

4/15/2014 - Lucy’s Take On Wolfgang Puck’s Passover Gefilta Fish

4/17/2014 - Banana Bread

4/18/2014 - Sourdough Hot Cross Buns - 50% Whole Grain

4/19/2014 - Pizza Civitavecchia

4/20/2014 - Last of the Easter Sourdough Bakes Turns Ugly in a Tasty Way

4/21/2014 - Re-Do of the Last Easter Sourdough Bake for BBQ

4/22/2014 - Sacaduros - 46 Percent Whole Grains

4/23/2014 - Half Whole Grain SD Garlic Naan, Onion and Cilantro

4/25/2014 - Seeded Sourdough Multigrain Chacon

5/2/2014 - Everyday 7 Grain Sourdough

5/6/2014 - Cinco de Mayo - 2014

5/9/2014 - Getting Ready for Ploetziade 2

5/16/2014 - Boule and Pumpernickel for Plotziade 2

5/23/2014 - 10 Grain 50 Percent Whole Grain Sourdough - Back To The Old Sourdough Ways

5/26/2014 - Memorial Weekend Pizza - 2014

5/30/2014 - 67% Whole 10 Grain Baguettes

6/6/2014 - Spelt, Farro, Rye and Wheat Sourdough – 50% Whole Grain

6/9/2014 - Italian Yeast Water Buns

6/11/2014 - Italian Style YW Pizza

6/13/2014 - No……. Not Those Pharaohs

6/17/2014 - Calzones and Triple Levain Madness

6/20/2014 - Götz von Berlichingen Ancient Age Sourdough Bread

6/23/2014 - Yeast Water Whole Grain Breakfast Rolls w/ Snockered Fruit and Dark Chocolate

6/27/2014 - Lucy’s Take on Einstein’s Swabian Potato Bread - Schwäbisches Kartoffelbrot

7/4/2014 - 4th of July – 15 Grain Independence Sourdough Challenge Bake

7/11/2014 - 3 Sprouted Grain SD with One No Sprout

7/14/2014 - Lemon and Corn Pie - Old Southern Favorite - Chess Pie

7/18/2014 - Sprouted Multigrain Potato Sourdough with Spelt, Rye, Emmer and Wheat

7/23/2014 - Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Multigrain Pizza Focaccia

7/25/2014 - 6 Grain Fennel and Fig Sourdough

8/1/2014 - Sprouted Pa de Pagès Català Sourdough

8/8/2014 - Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough Chacon with Whey, Walnuts and Sage

8/15/2014 - Lucy’s Sorta Tzitzel Like Sprouted Sourdough

8/22/2014 - No Knead Sprouted Spelt, Barley & Potato Sourdough

8/25/2014 - Poolish Pizza Without Daughter

8/20/2014 - Sprouted Spelt, Barley, Rye and Wheat Sourdough with 5 Seeds and Brazil Nuts

9/11/014 - Spelt and Wheat Sourdough with Figs, Pistachios, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

9/18/2014 - 20% Multi - Whole Grain Sourdough - Lucy's 44 Hour Fat Bags

9/19/2014 - Lucy's Fruit Stupid -Version 2

9/23/2014 - Knishes

9/25/2014 - Porter, Prune & Walnut Multigrain SD Bread with a No Fruit No Nut Potato Water Version

9/28/2014 - Pie Parade

10/1/2014 - Cherry Yeast Water Buns.

10/3/2014 - Cherry Yeast Water Sourdough Italian Bread with Apricots, Seeds and Nuts

10/10/2014 -Cherry YW Sourdough Italian Boule with Apricots, Seeds and Nuts - Version 2

10/16/2014 - Yeast Water and Poolish Pizza

10/16/2014 -11 Grain, YW / Sourdough Enriched Buns

10/17/2014 - 11 Grain, YW / Sourdough Chacon with Apricots, Seeds and Nuts - Version 3

10/23/2014 - Lucy’s YW & SD Holiday Fruitcake

10/30/2014 - Multigrain SD Sprouted 2 Ways

11/7/2014 - Sprouted Multi Farro SD

11/26/2014 - Thanksgiving Sourdough Bread for Stuffing

12/5/2014 - Multigrain Sourdough Sprouter

12/12/2014 - Ancient Grain Sprouted Sourdough

12/19/2014 - 50 Percent Whole Grain 25 Percent Sprouted Porter SD

12/26/2014 - 50 Percent Whole Grain 25 Percent Sprouted 9 Grain SD with Whey






1/4/2013 - Panettone - The Last Bake of 2012

1/4/2013 - New Year's Day Pizza and Banana Bread Cupcakes

1/5/2012 - Hanseata’s Sausage Filled Puff Pastry with Cheese

1/7/2013 - Multi-grain Cream Cheese Sourdough with Multi-grain Scalded Soaker

1/11/2013 - Multi-grain Sourdough Chacon with Olives, Sun Dried Tomato, Garlic, Rosemary and 2 Cheeses

1/16/2013 - Multi-grain Sourdough with Sprouts, Scald, Seeds, Nuts and Prunes

1/17/2013 - Multigrain Yeast Water Bread with Sprouts, Scald, Seeds, Nuts and Prunes

1/23/2013 - White Whole Wheat with Combo YW, Poolish, SD Starter, Water Roux and Wheat Berry Scald

1/25/2013 - SD, YW, Biga, Rye, Spelt, Tang Zhong Bread with Scald, Seeds and Nuts

1/30/2013 - Practice YW Slash Bag

1/31/2013 - Origami Sourdough and Yeast Water Panettone

1/31/2013 - Another Batch of kjknits English Muffins – 12.5 % Whole Wheat

2/1/2013 - Fun With Short Crust and Puff Paste

2/1/2013 - Phil’s Savory Pumpkin and Feta Pie

2/2/2013 - A Born Loser Tells a Tale of Too Many Two’s and the Evil Twin

2/3/2013 - Superbowl Pizza – Great Pizza For a Lights Out, No longer a Blow Out Game

2/3/2013 - It's Been Exactly a Year Since Our First TFL Post - The Index

2/5/2013 - Multigrain SD/YW Brown Bread with Aromatic Seeds and Multi-Grain Scald

2/7/2013 - Big Combo Levain Whole Wheat Bread with Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

2/11/2013 - Not So Pink Valentine Vienna Chocolate Rose

2/13/2013 - Sourdough Pink Valentine Hamburger Buns

2/15/2013 - Yeast Water Cinnamon Rolls

2/18/2013 - Multigrain SD Altamura - Not The Priest's Hat

2/21/2013 - Banana Bread

2/26/2013 - Old Dough VS Levain Multigrain SD With Bulgar and Flax Seed Scald

2/28/2013 - 100 % Whole Grain Rye and Spelt YW SD with Scald and Seeds - The Altus Test

3/5/2013 - SD YW Durum, Ricotta Bread with Pistachio Nuts, Pumpkin & Millet Seeds

3/12/2013 -

3/13/2013 - SD YW multi-grain Bagels

3/17/2013 - Enchanted Irish Lemon Curd Fairy Cakes

3/18/2013 - St. Paddy’s Day Feast, Sort of Ballymaloe 100% WW Brown Bread and Irish Ruben’s

3/20/2013 - If Ballymaloe Baked Sourdough Brown Bread with WW Scald & Guinness in a DO

3/23/2013 - WW SD YW Multi-Grain Pumpernickel

3/25/2013 - 50% Whole Wheat Matzoh

3/30/2013 - Hot Cross Buns - 25 % Whole Grain

3/31/2013 - Poolish & Y W Chocolate Walnut Easter Babka with Streusel & Snockered Fruits

4/2/2013 - 100 Percent Whole Multi-Grain Aroma Bread with 2 Soakers & 11 Seeds

4/4/2013 - Whole Grain DaPumpernickel Aroma Bread

4/8/2013 - Two Way 75% White Bread - DaPumperized with Scald and Seeds

4/12/2013 - Italian Tang Zhong, Fig, Hazelnut & Ricotta Cheese Sourdough Chacons

4/14/2013 - Dinner for 2 from the Pots

4/19/2013 - Fig Water, Multigrain, Apricot, Walnut, Whole Wheat Sprouter

4/24/2013 - Tang Zhong, Ricotta, Scalded Multigrain with and without, Cranberries & Pecans

4/30/2013 - They Call Me Mellow Yellow

5/3/.2013 - I Got the No White Bread Blues

5/5/2013 - Happy Cinco de Mayo - Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

5/7/2013 - Lucy's Jewish Deli Rye - Take 1

5/15/2013 - Dark Russian Jewish Deli Rye with Porter, Onion, Sprouts and Aromatic Seeds.

5/16/2013 - Whole Wheat and Spelt Sourdough with Sprouts and Seeds

 5/17/2013 - Friday Pizza Night

5/21/2013 - SD and YW Emperor Franz Joseph Buns with Same Dough Challah

5/24/2013 - Multigrain SD with Japanese Black Rice, Seeds, Prunes & Dried Edamame

5/24/2013 - YW & Poolish Hot Dog Buns

5/30/2013 - Ezekiel's Chacon

6/6/2013 - Multigrain Sourdough with Scald, Seeds and 3 Nuts

6/10/2013 - White Hamburger Buns Turned Dark

6/14/2013 - Multigrain Combo Levain with Seeds & Sprouts

6/18/2013 - It all started out simple enough

6/21/2013 - Everyday Multigrain Sourdough with Scald

6/25/2013 - Yeast Water, Tang Zhong Hot Dog Buns

6/28/2013 - Buttermilk and Greek Yogurt Multigrain SD with Seeds and Sprouts

7/5/2013 - Snails with Tails

7/8/2013 - Yeast Water and ADY Hot Dog Buns

7/12/2013 - Multigrain Caramelized Pickled Veggies, Parmesan, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Barley Boil & Toadish Sourdough

7/19/2013 - Whole Multigrain Sourdough Loaf

7/21/2013 - Saturday Night Pizza

7/26/2013 - 75% Extraction Mulit-grain Sourdough

8/2/2013 - Prince George's Chacon

8/9/2013 - Sourdough Tzitzel

8/12/2013 - Yeast Water 70% Whole Grain English Muffins

8/14/2013 - 100 % Whole Multi Grain, Yeast Water & Sourdough Bagels

8/16/2013 - 99.89% Whole Grain Sesame & Flax Seed Sourdough with Whey

8/22/2013 - Too Fast - Poolish Cream Butter Buns

8/23/2013 - Multi-grain Sourdough with Figs, Walnuts, Whey and 4 Seeds

8/26/2013 - Lucy’s Fruit Stupid - Nutella, Peach, Plum and Plantain Pizza and No Fruit Bagels

8/28/2013 - Lucy’s Take on Cleo’s and Ian’s Hamburger Buns

8/30/2013 - Multigrain Sourdough with Sesame and Flax Seeds Toadies and Malts

8/31/2013 - Three Levain Friday Night Pizza Night - With a Surpise Ending

9/4/2013 - Happy Rosh Hashanah – A Holiday Challah

9/6/2013 - Tzitzel – Take 3 with Triple Levain

9/6/2013 - For those who wanted "Aunt Beverly’s Sweet and Hot Brisket'

9/7/2013 - Meat Week

9/11/2013 - Yeast Water 35% Whole Wheat Hamburger Thins and HD Buns

9/13/2013 - Pistachio, Prune and Pumpkin Seed Multigrain Sourdough with Malty Toads

9/20/2013 - Hanseata Multigrain SD YW and Sunflower Seed Challenge Bread

9/27/2013 - The 100% Whole Grain, Multigrain - Mashed by Melon Test - 3 Ways

10/4/2013 - Whole Multigrain SD Bread with Scald, Seeds and More Aromatic Seeds

10/7/2013 - Multigrain Old Sourdough Makes 2 Retarded Pizzas

10/11/2013 - B…..B….B…. Babka - the Yeast Water Way to Gugelhuph Land

10/11/2013 - Prunish Multigrain Sourdough with Scald and Seeds

10/14/2013 - Poolish Buns the Girls Actually Like and Smoked Brisket Sandwiches

10/17/2013 - Mice Guarding the Punkin

10/18/2013 - 20% Whole Grain 9 Grain Sourdough

10/18/2013 - Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Bars

10/25/2013 - Lucy is Runner Up with Her Mice Guarding the Pumpkin Entry

10/25/2013 - Same Dough Two Ways with a Pizza Crust Later

10/27/2013 - Saturday Night 6 P’s SD Focaccia Romana Pizza

10/29/2013 - YW Primer

11/1/2013 - Owlloween White Buns made with a Poolish & SD Levain

11/1/2013 - 38 % Whole Grain Multi Grain SD with Sprouts, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

11/6/2013 - What is the Best Thing You Can Put On Pumpernickel?

11/9/2013 - 15 % Whole Grain SD and YW Orange, Cranberry Walnut Bread

11/15/2013 - Almost Twin White Breads - One YW / SD and One SD

11/15/2013 - YW & SD 50% Rye with Scald, Onions & Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

11/17/2013 - Lucy’s YW White Bread for Thanksgiving Croutons

11/22/2013 - Mini's 100% Hydration Rye, Walnut and Seed Bread with Soaker Water & Dopplebock

11/22/2013 - CeciC’s Crackers with Added Yeast Water.

11/25/2013 - Two Thanksgiving Pies and the Blog Index

11/30/2013 - Josh’s Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Stollen

12/6/2013 - Big Levain Multigrain Sourdough with Figs, Seeds, Potato & Poolish

12/7/2023 - Sinclair’s Bakery Potato Rolls - Made With Poolish

12/12/2013 - Half Whole Multi-Grain Sourdough with Fax & Sesame Seeds

12/12/2013 - Christmas Chocolate Chunk Cherry Chacon

12/12/2013 - Holiday Puff Paste Heath Bar and Chocolate Chip Rugelach

12/17/2013 - Not So Stollen – Christmas 2013

12/19/2013 - 3 Christmas Fruit Cakes - One For Everyone

12/21/2013 - Friday Night SD YW Pretty Plain Pizza

12/22/2013 - Panettone Forced English Muffins

12/23/2013 - White SD YW Bread with Walnuts for Christmas Turkey Stuffing

12/25/2013 - Christmas Fruit Cake – SD YW Gold Rush Take 2

12/26/2013 - Arizona Christmas Tree and Blog Index




2/3/2012 - My first bread after joining TFL - DSnyder's San Joaquin

2/3/2012 - Brachflachen Mehrere Vollkombrot

2/3/2012 - Loaded Pizza

2/3/2012 - Pierre Nury meets DSnyders SFSD

2/3/2012 - Putting the Rye in Pierre Nury's rustic Light Rye

2/3/2012 - Too Many Red Pears and Blueberries

2/3/2012 - Make your own Greek yogurt

2/4/2012 - Minneola / Apple Yeast Water Semolina Bread

2/4/2012 - Raspberry SD Pancakes

2/4/2012- 1930's Magnalite Wagner Ware Roaster Used As Cloche for Multi-grain SD Challah

2/5/2014 - Sourdough English Muffins

2/5/2012 - Southwest Hummus Anyone?

2/5/2012 - I have some miscellaneous baking and foodie

2/7/2012 - Brachflachen Mehrere Vollkombrot - Version 4

2/7/2012 - Baked off PiPs (Phil's) new post on 40% Sourdough Rye w/ Caraway today

2/9/2012 - The Chellos - that don't play music.

2/9/2012 - PiP's 40% Rye w/ Caraway Meets Hanseata's Seeds and a Restless dabrownman

2/9/2012 - Whole Wheat Crusted Apple Caramel Galette w/ fresh ginger and assorted bourbon dried fruits.

2/9/2012 - Blueberry SD pancakes this time,

2/10/2012 - How to Make Yogurt - 'So Your Muffins Taste Betta'

2/10/2012 - isand66's SD Avocado Bread Meets Its Sunflower Seeded Guacamole Heart

2/11/2012- I Confess My Deepest Darkest Baking Secret

2/13/2012 - isand66's Bacon, SD, Potato, Onion with Cheddar Bread Meets Pork Jowls, Aged White Cheddar, Potato Flakes and Caramelized Onion

2/13/2012 - Shiao-Ping's Orange Turmeric Pain au Levain with Yeast Water

2/14/2012 - Happy Valentine Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Hearts

2/16/2012 - PiPs Walnut and Sage 100% Whole Wheat.

2/17/2012 - Let's Make Some Fresh Cheese

2/17/2012 - Birthday Chocolate Crusted Orange Cheese Cake with Ganache, Truffles and Chocolate Shavings

2/18/2012 - David Snyders' SD Pugliesi Capriccioso With Some WW and Rye

2/22/2012 - teketeke's Japanese Yeast Water White Sandwich Bread - 'This Bread Is Not Your Slimy Old White Slice'

2/23/2012 - Pips Vollkornbrot - Nearly 100% Rye with A Tiny Bit of Spelt

2/24/2012 - teketeke Bread

2/27/2012 - Rustique Pain Comté de San Francisco

3/1/2012 - Chad Robertson's Country SD - Modified

3/1/2012 - I've been working on a new home made Gas Regeneration BBQ /Smoker

3/3/2012 - Miscellaneous stuff at the end of the week

3/5/2012 - Pain Rustique au Levain du Sud-ouest

3/6/2012 - Pain Rustique au Levain du Sud-ouest - Retarded

3/7/2012 - Yeast Water, Rye, WW, Garlic Chive, Onion, Cheese and Chorizo Bialy’s

3/12/2012 - Tartine Everyday Rustic Country Sourdough

3/14/2012 - St Paddy's Day Dutch Oven Sourdough - Tartine Method

3/14/2012 - Corned Beef and Cabbage - 2 ways - possibly more

3/15/2012 - Just look at the pictures my new old camera takes!!

3/17/2012 - Yeast Water, Glazed, Spiced, Walnut, Bourbon Fruit, Chocolate Chip, Almond Granola Streusel Polish Babka

3/23/2012 - Making Red Rye Malt

3/24/2012 - Gingered, Tres Apple, Almond, Vanilla Granola Crisp with Bourbon Dried Fruit

3/29/2012 - A Blend of Seigle d’Auvergne and Borodinski

3/29/2012 - Jam and Bread Crust and Crumb Color

3/31/2012 - Revising isand66's Bacon, Potato, Onion with Cheddar Sourdough Bread

4/1/2012 - Getting Ready for Tomorrow's Sweetbird Buckwheat Apple SD Bake with Buckwheat SD Pancakes Today

4/2/2012 - Dabrownman Butchers Sweetbird’s Lovely Buckwheat, Apple and Apple Cider, Buckwheat Groat Bread with Insane Thoughts and Deeds

4/9/2012 - Super-grain Challah w/ Whey Water, Sprouts, Potato, Lentil, Sunflower Seeds and 2 Starters - SD and YW

4/10/2012 - Retarded Super-Grain Challah

4/14/2012 - Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Puff Paste

4/14/2012 - Italian Corner - Cellos with Squash Lasagna and David Snyder's Pulgliese Capriosso

4/15/2012 - 20% Rye and WWW Potato SD Baggies Meet the Same Made with YW

4/15/2012 - Weekday Springtime Yeast Water Breakfast at Dabrownman's

4/17/2012 - Apple and Pear, Bourbon Dried Fruit, Ginger with Apple Jam Cream Cheese Puff Sleds

4/19/2012 - Sweetbird's Apple, Buckwheat with Groats, Insanely Modified, Makes for a Fine Toast or Lunch

4/20/2012 - SD Hemp Bags - txfarmer method with Hanseata's Seeds

4/20/2012 - Tired Monday's - YW 20% Whole Grain Bag Lunch

4/30/2012 - 50% Multigrain SD W/ Rye Scald, Rye Sprouts, Borodinski Altus and Pepitas, Caraway and Flax Seeds

5/2/2012 - Yeast Water Fake Pretzel Rolls

5/4/2012 - With Cinco de Mayo Yesterday - Hope You Had a Happy One! Cinco Sunset, Moon Rise and Dinner

5/8/2012 - Multi-grain SD w/ Multi Sprouts 2 Nuts and Seeds Somewhere

5/9/2012 - Yeast Water Hamburger Buns with Cinnamon Roll Same Dough Kicker

5/11/2012 - 1 - Day Multi-Grain Bread, Soft White Wheat, Spelt, Scald and Seeded with SD and YW Combo Starter

5/12/2012 - Banana Bread Cake

5/14/2012 - Mothers Day YW Apple, Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes with a Nice Chicken and Brie Sandwich for Lunch

5/15/2012 - Altamura Shaped Semolina Multi-Grain SD with Seeds and Sprouts

5/16/2012 - Having the daughter

5/18/2012 - Semolina, Rye, WWW Ciabatta w/ Chia Seeds, Herbs and Sun Dried Tomato

5/20/2012 - Apple Strawberry Ginger Crisp, Teriyaki and Lunch for Two

5/22/2012 - txfarmer's Croissant and Dainish Converted over to SD and YW - 3 Ways with Chia Seeds

5/24/2012 - Pretzel Roll P&J and Grilled Chicken Lunch with Pickles

5/25/2012 - Hanseata’s Wild Rice SD w/ Yeast Water, Multi Seeds, Prunes, Beer and Sprouts

5/26/2012 - Brown Plate Special with a Little Green, Brown Ale and Brown Bread

5/28/2012 - T-Rex Meets Floyd’s Sweet Potato Bread & Brownman’s SD & YW Combo Starter

5/29/2012 - Bread Baskets - A Serious Illness Revealed

5/31/2012 - Recent Breads for Lunch, Last Jacaranda Bloom and Desert

6/1/2012 - 40% Whole Multi-grain SD and YW Altamura Style Chacon

6/1/2012 - 24 Hours of Not Baking Bread

6/8/2012 - The SD / YW Chacon Revisited – 90% Whole Grain, Multigrain Sprouts, Walnut and Sage Paste, Pumpkin Seeds and Whey Water

6/9/2012 - Friday night P & P - Pizza and Pide

6/12/2012 - Let's Have Some Lunch and Other Stuff

6/15/2012 - Jasmine Tea, 50% Whole Multi-Grain SD & YW Durum Atta Bread with Wheat Germ, Flax and Chia Seeds

6/19/2012 - Buckwheat 60% Multi-grain YW / SD Bread with Walnuts, Sage, Flax, Wheat Germ, Apples, Prunes and Groats

6/21/2012 - Sourdough Durum Atta Bread – Pharaoh’s Mastaba Style

6/24/2-12 - Twisted Sisters Chacon : 67% Whole Rye & Wheat with Sprouts & Seeds.

6/28/2012 - Franko finally got to the top of the list

6/29/2012 - English Muffins - kjknits Converted to YW and SD Combo levain

6/29/2012 - Without Cheesecake For Desert - There May Be No Need for Bread

6/30/2012 - SD and YW Semolina Cheese Bread and Pizza with Sun Dried Tomato, Rosemary, Mojo de Ajo and Garlic

7/4/2012 - SD and YW Multigrain Bagels - The Stan Ginsberg Method

7/4/2012 - Catching up on some lunches and other stuff

7/4/2012 - Lunches and Other Stuff Continued - Happy Birthday America!

7/5/2012 - YW Naan with Paneer, Green Onion, Cilantro, Garam Masala and Garlic - Plus a Loaf - Added Lunch Shot

7/6/2012 - Joe Ortiz Pain de Champagne with Rye and WW Sprouts

7/10/2012 - Dinner in Houston

7/15/2012 - AZ Monsoon and Breakfast

7/17/2012 - Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

7/20/2012 - What To Eat With That Rustic French Country Sourdough Bread -Smoked Etouffee!

7/22/2012 - SD YW English Muffins - Some Fried As Donuts Per gmabaking With Apricot, Nectarine Ginger Glaze

7/24/2012 - Herbed Bialy's – Multigrain, Caramelized Onion, Chorizo and 4 Cheeses

7/27/2012 - 50% Rye SD Knotted Rolls With Wheat Germ, Barley Scald, Caraway and Sunflower Seeds

7/27/2012 - hanseata's Wild Rice Bread Revisited - 'The Wild One' - w/ Beer, Sprouts, Seeds and Prunes

7/30/2012 - Parade of Sandwiches and Other Stuff

8/5/2012 - YW vs Desem SD - Caramelized Onion, Basil, Bacon, Parmesan Rolls

8/7/2012 - 15% Whole Wheat Bagels with YW and SD Desem Combo Starter

8/11/2012 -YW / SD Olive Bread with Rosemary and Bulgar Scald

8/17/2012 - 100% Whole Grain Rye with Rye Sprouts – YW & SD Combo Starter

7/19/2012 - 25% Whole Wheat English Muffins Revisited - Over and Over Again - kjknits

8/22/2012 - Chacon Catastrophes Moka - Ian’s Mocha Disaster Chacon

8/24/2012 - Multi-Grain SD & YW Combo with Chicken Stock, Soaker & Seeds

8/27/2012 - 35% Whole Grain YW & SD Semolina, Durum Atta White Bread with Soaker

8/29/2012 - Rewind - YW & SD Semolina, Durum Atta, W. Germ, Malts & Honey - Deja Vue

9/2/2012 - Spelt, Rye and Whole Wheat Soudough Boule with Flax Seed, Honey and Malts - A Simple but Tasty Bread

9/5/2012 - 100% Hydration, 100% Whole Grain Kamut Flat Boule with YW and SD Combo Starter

9/7/2012 - Andy’s Roasted Brazil Nut and Prune Bread - Sourdough Variation with WW Scald

9/9/2012 - 8 Hour SD YW Saturday Night Pizza and Friday Shrimp Kabobs

9/14/2012 - 100% Whole Spelt Sourdough at 100% Hydration

9/15/2012 - Happy Rosh Hashanah!

9/20/2012 - 17% Whole Multi-Grain SD / YW Bagels – The Stan Ginsberg Method

9/21/2012 - 57% Whole Grain Multi-grain SD with 20% Seeds and Whey

9/25/2012 -15% Multi-grain Bread With YW and SD Combo Levain

9/28/2012 - 15% WWW Fat Bag with Desem SD Starter ala Ian and Phil

9/28/2012 - English Muffins- YW and SD Levains - 16% Whole Wheat

9/28/2012 - Banana Nut Bread with Seeds, Chocolate and Bourbon Dried Fruits

10/2/2012 - Judy's 45 % Whole Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread

10/6/2012 - 16 % Whole Multi-grain SD Baguettes – txfarmer’s Method only 40 Hours

10/9/2012 - Name Change - Gussied Up Franz Joseph's Emperor Rolls With Seeds

10/13/2012 - Parade of Sandwiches and Other Stuff - Partola Uno

10/14/2012 - Parade de sandwichs et d'autres choses - partie 2

10/14/2012 - Parade of Sandwiches Continues - Part 3

10/15/2012 - Desfile de Sandwiches - Parte 4

10/15/2012 - Parade der Sandwiches - Teil 5

10/17/2012 - World Bread Day - SD Multigrain with Figs, Anise, Pistachios and Sprouts

10/18/2012 - Pierre Nury's Rustic Light Rye with Whole Grain Multi-grain YW / SD Levains and Coffee

10/24/2012 -Tuesday Pizza Night - Crust 3 Ways with 25% Whole Grains

10/25/2012 - San Franciso Sourdough - 15% Whole Grain

10/27/2012 - Extended - SD Starter Experiment - 24 hour Countertop SFSD and a Seeded, Fig and Pistacio

10/30/2012 - Two DO Chacons Couldn’t Be Any Different

11/2/2012 - Two Weeks of Food for Thought - Week one

11/2/2012 - Two Weeks of Food for Thought - Week Two

11/2/2012 - 26% Whole Grain YW / SD Bagels with Sprouts

11/5/2012 - 24 hour 10% Whole Grain SFSD & SD Seeded Fig Bread with Pistachios - 1 g of Starter - No Levain

11/9/2012 - 60% Whole Grain SD / YW Bread With Caraway, Rye Chops, Coffee and Cocoa

11/9/2012 - Prune & Brazil Nut Sourdough with Bulgar Scald, Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

11/14/2012 - Not So Stollen

11/16/2012 - Thanksgiving Multi-Grain Marble Chacon

11/20/2012 - SD Stuffing Bread

11/21/2012 - Poolish Stuffing Bread

11/23/2012 - Not So Stollen - Thanksgiving Take

11/23/2012 - Daughter Does French Slap and Folds for Her Poolish Thanksgiving Rolls

11/27/2012 - A Chacon for Eric

12/7/2012 - 75% Whole Grain YW / SD Caramelized Onion, Wild Rice, Sprouts & Baltika Porter Bread

12/14/2012 - Multigrain SD / YW Porter Bread with Roasted Onions, Sprouts, Malts and Seeds

12/17/2012 - Puff Paste Experiments

12/18/2012 - Puffy So Not Rugelach

12/21/2012 - Christmas Sourdough Chacon - Figs, Pistachios and Seeds

12/25/2012 - Christmas Bi-Color Rose - 30% Whole Grain, Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato

12/25/2012 - Not So Stollen - 6 Weeks later

12/29/2012 - 25% Whole Grain Multi-grain Bagels


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For Bread baking Day #83, found here at the KOCKTOPF Blog - Lucy came up with weird bake - even for her.  The theme is a bread that wasn’t just rye, spelt or wheat.  Well, this was not an issue with us since our usual bread has all kinds of sprouted and whole multi-grains from the ancient to the odd.

The bran levain really contrasts with the pink Beaujolais dough.

So, we had to come up with a more unusual one for this special bake.  Besides the 3 main grains we included, Pima Club, white wheat, emmer, oat, einkorn, buckwheat and Kamut.  The dough liquid is a 2010 Beaujolais.  The insides of these unusually rough topped rolls had pistachios, brie and salami.   Now Lucy can sit by the pool, in the AZ sun and imagine she is in Paris, on the Seine at a nice café having the usual fare all in one bite.

Lucy’s inspiration came from here  We converted it to a bran levain SD, Dumped the yeast, added the 50% whole and sprouted 10 grains, added the brie and pistachios, dropped the honey and baked it in a two piece cake pan as pull apart rolls.  Other than that, it did have salami and Beaujolai in it:-)  Out thanks to Lionel Vatinet who was the inspiration for the Shaggy Dough post.  That is the way it works in the bread world!

While we were drying the sprouted grains in dehydrator, we milled the 10 whole grains and sifted put the 16% hard bits for the first, 3 hour, feeding of the100% hydration of the bran levain activated with 5 g each of our stiff 16 week NMNF retarded rye and 4 week retarded stiff NMNF wheat starter.

Once the sprouted 10 grains were dry, we milled them and sifted out the 18% hard bits for the 2nd stage 2 hour, feeding of the bran levain.  The 3rd stage, 4 hour levain build was made with the high extraction whole 10 grain, non-sprouted, flour.

All total, the flour and 2 brans added up to 70 g and, with the 10g of starters, the levain weighed 150 g for 15% pre-fermented flour.  The levain doubled 4 hours after the 3rd feeding and was immediately retarded for 12 hours

 Putting the hard bits in the levain gets them wet and attacked by the SD acid as long as possible to reduce cutting of the gluten strands and the bran provides a buffer so the LAB can produce more acid at a lower pH than normal.  The result is that your bread will be likely be softer, loftier and more tasty too – a real three’fer if there ever was one!

Worst crumb ever in 45 years!

When the levain came out of the fridge we stirred it down and started the 1 hour autolyze of the dough flours and the Beaujolais with the salt sprinkled on top.  The levain had warmed up and risen another 25% when it hit the mix.  At the end of the autolyze, the salt was mixed in with a spoon.

And it gets worse with a close up.

Then the levain hit the mix and we did 60 slap and folds to incorporate it and get the gluten development started.  This was, followed by 2 more sets of 30 slap and folds each followed by 3 sets of 4 stretch and folds – all on 20 minute intervals.  We then let the dough rest for only 20 minutes, a short bulk ferment since the temperature in my Arizona kitchen is now at 84 F.

Other stuff this week - Killer smoked pork shoulder and ribs - half the ribs are gone for some reason:-)

While the dough was resting, we got the fillings ready by shelling the pistachios, and getting the sliced salami and double crème brie portioned.  We then portioned the dough into (12) 76 g pieces and rolled each into a rope using the palms of the hand – just like making bagels

This weeks fresh yellow beet horseradish with last weeks Jewish Deli Rye and smoked pastrami with brie, banana and raspberries here

The ropes were then rolled into long rectangles, the fillings applied and the edge cut on one side with the dough scraper to make it look like a comb with a most of the teeth missing – sort of like my Bread Baking Apprentice 2nd Class.  Then the combs were rolled up from one short end encasing the fillings.

Funfetti Apple Upside Down Cake

The rolls were then placed into a non-stick sprayed 8” cake pan that had a removable bottom, comb side up.  The last 4 rolls were cut in half before rolling them up to fit into the smaller places left on the pan perimeter.   The pan was bagged in a used trash can liner and placed in the fridge for an 18 hour retarded proof. It didn’t look like it has risen one bit.  Something that happens with wine.

Leek, Potato, and Lettuce Soup with half a pulled pork and rye sandwich and a bit of salad.

Too much alcohol stifles the wee beasties.  Once it came out of the fridge the next morning, we left it on the counter to proof another 5 1/2 hours before we fired up the oven to a 450 F preheat with the 9 1/2“ heavy duty, aluminum pot / cloche inside.  It still didn’t puff itself up much at all.

As soon as the rolls went in the oven on the bottom stone and covered with the pot, we turned the oven down to 425 F and baked the rolls for 15 minutes.   When the lid came off we turned on the fan and baked convection at 425 F until the rolls were 200 F on the inside – about 18 more minutes. We took the rolls out of the pan and let them bake the last 8 minutes on the stone.  Do not be tempted to bake these past 196 F – you will not like it one little bit.

The rolls came out nicely browned but little spring was seen anywhere.   We can’t wait until they cool to have a taste and see the crumb – they do smell wonderful cooling on the rack.  We also think this bread would also be very nice for a special occasion if shaped as a Chacon using your favorite designs.  This bread is dead.  The worst crumb ever and i have made some bad bread crumbs in 45 years.  For some reason the wine killed off the SD wee beasties.  I will make thios recipe again but with water and no Beaujolais.  The flavor would have been half decent if you can get by the looks and mouth feel of the crumb.  You can bake it to 205 F too if the dough actually rises.  We won't be submitting this to the Bread Baking Day Folks:-)  We always post all of our bakes good or bad here though.

Grilled peppers and onions mixed with pork carnitas, cheese and molewith home make tortillas make for some kind of great smothered enchiladas.


3 Stage, 9 Hour Bran Levain build - 15% pre-fermented flour at 100% hydration using all of the whole grain bran for the first build, the sprouted grain bran for the 2nd build and some of the whole high extraction flour for the 3rd build.  5 g each Rye and Wheat starter, 70 g water and flour - 150 g total.  Your builds will depend on how much hard bits you get out for the whole and sprouted grains.


25% Whole 10 Grain – 125 g

25% Whole Sprouted 10 Grain – 125 g

25 % LaFama AP – 125 g

25% King Arthur Bread Flour – 125 g

78% hydration - 35 g of 2o10 vintage Beaujolai

2% Pink Himalayan Sea Salt – 10 g

Add ins - 36 g of pistachios, 72 g of salami and 100 g or brie.


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I was a busy week around the homestead.  We hit 100 F for the first time and it was 86 F in the kitchen.  It was Cinco de Mayo and we were continuing our quest to make better pastrami than Katz’s in NYC at home in the smoker. 

We already make a pretty good Jewish Deli Rye but using 40% whole grain rye and 10% whole grain wheat, half sprouted with caraway and minced dried onions takes it up a notch on a health and taste front.  This is what JDR was always supposed to be!  With homemade pickles, mustard and pastrami, this sandwich is the best we have managed in our quest.

We were going to head out to our local Mexican hole in the wall place for dinner las t night to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but they don’t serve liquor of any kind and CdM without a Prickly Pear Margarita and Mexican beer sot of defeats the whole idea of fiesta where I come from.

Now that is some kind of Pork Carnitas

My wife’s favorite taco is pork carnitas and they take all day to make the way abuelas do in Mexico.  Then making the flour and corn tortillas, sides of red and green sauces, Pico de Gillo, beans and green rice.  For an extra upping of the ante we decoded to do the carnitas with a light mole too.  This is the great thing about making food and bread at home…….you can make it any way you want or like!

Once the whole grains were sprouted and milled, we sifted out the 15% hard bits and fed them to the starter to make the levain first and then the high extraction whole grains were used to finish it off.  The pre-fermented flour for the levain came in at 15%

  Since we didn’t start the sprouting on Monday as usual we were a day late with the bake so the 3 stage, 100% hydration levain was only retarded for 12 hours after it doubled after the 3rd feeding.  Since it was so hot in the kitchen the first 2 stages were limited to 2 hours each and the levain easily doubled after the 3rd feeding in 4 hours making for an 8 hour process.

We stirred down the levain when it came out of the fridge to warm up as we began the autolyze for the dough flour that was make up of sprouted and whole grain high extraction flour and the 50% King Arthur Bread Flour with the dough liquid getting the overall hydration to 75%, 3.2% Barley Malt Syrup with the 2% salt sprinkled on top.

Once the Levin had risen 25%, about an hour later, it was added to the autolyze and we did 3 sets of slap and folds of 60, 20 and 20 slaps each and 3 sets of stretch and folds of 8, 4 and 4 stretches each.  The 2.4% each of caraway seeds and rehydrated and drained minced, dried onions were added during the first set of stretch and folds.

All of the gluten development was done on 20 minute intervals.  We let the dough rest for 30 minutes before pre-shape and shaping into a squat oval and placing it into a rice floured basket seam side up.  It was immediately bagged and placed into the fridge for a 20 hour retard. 

The dough proofed well in the fridge so when we took it out the next morning we also immediately fired up the oven to the 500 F pre heat with the combo cooker inside.  We un-molded the dough onto parchment on a peel, put a cornstarch glaze on it, sprinkled it with corn meal, slashed it twice, slid it into the CC and into the oven it went as we turned the oven down to 450 F.

After 20 minutes of steam, we took the lid off and turned the oven down to 425 F convection and continued baking for another 15 until the bread was 208 F on the inside. We did take the bread out of the bottom of the CC 5 minutes after the lid came off and let it finish baking on the stone so the bottom would not burn.   When the bread came out we glazed it again with corn starch and left it to cool on the rack


It sprang and bloomed well enough.  It sure smelled like caraway and onion when the lid came off. We look forward to seeing the crumb once the loaf cools and we slice it for a lunch, pastrami sandwich.  The crumb came out soft, moist and open.  The pastrami sandwich for lunch was awful good!  This bread is delicious and beautiful inside and out,  The sprouted whole grains come though with the caraway and onion.  It is our favotite JDR style bread - far and away.  You will never go back to that crap at Katz's at 10 times the price:-)

Check out the Christmas tree llettuce when it goes to seed after coming up volunteer.  Just canlt ewat it all..........Looks like a forest of pine trees.


Bran Levain 15% pre-fermented flour @100% hydration

Sprouted rye flour 20%, sprouted wheat flour 5%,  whole grain rye 20 %, whole grain wheat 5%, KA Bread Flour 50%

Water 75% overall including levain nic barley malt syrup.

3.2 % BMS, 2.4 % each caraway and dried re-hydrated minced onion (dry weight)


Make sure to have a salad with that other Cinco de Mayo stuff!  A picture of Lucy the Baby Doll squinting into the sun

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I was lucky enough to get out of town and go visit my daughter in Houston for 3 days this week.  I also got to seem my brother and SIL who lives there too.  We had a great dinner on Tuesday night down in Rice Village at a nice Italian restaurant that served good Italian bread – not SD but still good with olive oil on it.  The Mud Bug Ravioli with a good fruity Zin was very nice too.   We don’t get together enough….

One of the things I have not done in a long time is make Chocolate Chip cookies without a mixer too.  What a workout creaming the butter and sugar!  My daughter wanted them to give them out at work as she finished her last day of clinic on this rotation.  She really liked the Doctors.  Nurses and others in this Cardio practice and enjoyed the work even though the hours were very long – she learned a lot – like having Dad make the going away cookie by hand!

Heikjo had a post earlier this week about making SD bread easy in a day.  The reminder that this was easy as pie came at the right time since we didn’t have our usual 5 days to make our normal sprouted Double Retard SD Bread of the Week.  We could have made it in one day but we had two, if you discount the levain build of 12 hours the overnight before autolyze.

We still managed to grind up 6 different grain; rye, spelt, Kamut, barley, wheat and buckwheat for this 30% whole grain bread.  We sifedt out the bran for the first feeding of the levain.  We did a 2 stage levain build by using the high extraction flour for the 2nd build that sat out overnight. The levain ended up at 17.5 % pre-fermented flour.

 Instead of our normal 24 -36 hour retard of the levain we skipped it altogether and only did a 30 minute autolyze of the dough flour and water with the salt sprinkled on top instead of usual 1-2 hour autolyze.  We did 3 sets of slap and folds of 60 -30 -30 slaps and 3 sets of 4 stretch and fold sessions all on 20 minute intervals.

We skipped the bulk ferment and went straight pre-shape and shape after a 15 minute rest.  We placed the boule in a rice floured basket for a 21 hour retard instead of letting it proof on the counter and baking in the afternoon.  When we took the proofed loaf out of the fridge the next morning it already looked 100% proofed so we fired up the oven with the CC inside to 500 F.

We unmolded the dough slashed it T-Rex style and loaded it into the CC for 20 minutes of lid on steam at 450 F.  Once the lid came off, we continued baking for 5 minutes at 25 F convection before removing the boule from the bottom of the Combo Cooker to finish baking on the stone for another 10 minutes.  At the 35 minute total baking time the bread was 210 F on the inside and was removed to the cooling rack.


We love fresh tuna.  When fresh it makes for a fine grilled fish.

Since the dough was 100 % proofed it didn’t spring and bloom spectacularly but it did blister and brown nicely like most near white breads do.  We will have to wait on the crumb once the bread cools completely.

The crust came out crispy but went soft and chewy as it cooled.  It was thin though,  Tee crumb was fairly open soft and moist.  These kinds of breads are difficult to slice thin and hard not to squish the slices when slicing too.  The taste of this bread is outstanding. 30%b whole grains remains our favorite tasting white bread!  No reason to go whiter than this one.

The recipe is an easy one.  The bran 6 grain levain is 17.5%, the whole 6 grains are 30%, the water is 75% and the salt 2%.  It is nice to make a simple bread once on a while but the proof is in the taste.

Lucy still recommends a good salad at least twice a day. Even if it with left over stacked chicken enchiladas. 


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After last week’s mooshed Altamura shaped loaf we decided not to try to moosh this one.  Lucy wanted to give it another go to try and make amends but she has been acting oddly of late and frankly just can’t be trusted - especially on Earth Day.

As we all know and 100% of scientists have confirmed, the Sun is burning hotter and hotter, a bit more every day, as it ages.  This is what stars do.  They can’t do anything else.  When Lucy found out it was Earth Day and that in 500,000 years the temperature on earth would be 100 F hotter than today due to the Sun burning hotter, she just had to do something to save us poor humans.

She told me her solution might sound a bit weird at first but to give her idea a chance and just hear her out for once.   As usual I just couldn’t do it since her idea was really off the wall and totally out of a really big box.  Her idea was to genetically modify human beings so that they would be totally covered by a thick coat of hair.

That way people could feel 100 F hotter today. Like she does in her fine coat of fur and get used to it like she has already done – no worries.  As time goes on and the Earth heats up, humans could just go to a groomer like she does and get a bit of hair trimmed off to adjust their temperature appropriately just like we do for her in the summer. 

I thought about telling her I was going to sell her to the Gypsies like my mother used to tell me when I was little and was acting up but I guess you can’t say that today.  I heard these kinds of threats are considered insensitive toward and a mini macro or major mini aggression against Gypsies.   Oddly, it is still fine to take her to the pound where they will euthanize her for much less. 


At least I can till bake bread on Earth Day and contemplate the day when later generations won’t need ovens to bake it.  They can just make pizza dough and while they are tossing it upwards to form the pie, it will just bake itself in the hot air to make flat bread.  Just think, no ovens required, a very green idea for Earth Day indeed and Lucy thinks this alone might save us all from the future heat of the sun – but she has to do more calculations with her climate super computer to know for sure – so we will have to wait a bit before we can celebrate.

Well, on to more important things that still require an oven today.  This week’s bake followed out usual MO of late where we start the sprouts on Monday, dry and mill them on Tuesday.  On Tuesday, we also mill the other non-sprouted whole grains in the mix and then sift it all to separate out the Low extraction bran to build this week’s 3 stage levain so that it can be retarded on Tuesday night before we go to bed.

After 36 hours of cold retard in the fridge, we get the levain out to warm up and stir it down.  While the levain is rising 25%, we autolyze the dough flours - in this case the high extraction and sprouted high extraction rye, spelt, wheat, barley and Kamut along with the King Arthur bread flour…. with the salt sprinkled on top.  We also had time to make and cool  the 20 minute, simmered porridge – in this case quinoa and buckwheat groats. 

When the levain hits the mx. we do 1 set of 60 slap and folds and 2 sets of 30 slap and folds and 3 sets of 4 stretch and folds all on 20 minute intervals with the porridge being added in on the first set of stretch and folds.  After a 30 minute rest we did a quick pre-shape into an oval and then 10 minutes later we final shaped it and placed it onto rice floured oval basket seam side up.  We bagged it and placed it into the fridge for a 16 hour retard.


When the dough came out of the fridge we starter the 500 F preheat for the oven.  When it beeped we loaded in the two trays of lave rock, half full of water (Mega Steam) on the bottom rack and set the timer for 15 minutes.  Once the steam was billowing the top and bottom stones were at temperature, the dough was unmolded onto on a peel, slashed and loaded on the bottom stone.

4 minutes later the temperature was turned down to 450 F and we continued steaming for another 14 minutes.  After the steam came out we turned the oven down to 425 F convection and continued to bake another 20 minutes until the bread was 208 F on the inside.

The bread browned well but spread mire than it sprang or bloomed.  It proofed to 100% proofed while we slept instead of the 85% we would want but instead of re-shaping and proofing again we baked it off hoping the crumb would still be  OK  but we will have to wait on that.

The crumb came out open, moist, and soft like a porridge bread should be..  It is wonderful and delicious,   The porridge was a fine addition  that brought the mix of whole grains up to 7.  It made a fine lunch with grilled chicken, cheddar, tomato and lettuce sandwich with the usual veggie fixings. - Yum!

And Lucy wants to see another salad somewhere.


Levain Build

Build 1

Build 2

 Build 3



2 Rye Sour






Low Extraction 5 grain Bran






High Extraction 5 grain






Low Extraction Sprouted 5 Grain  Bran



















Levain Totals




Various whole and sprouted flours








Levain Hydration



Dough Flour




Hi Extraction Sprouted 5 grain




High Extraction 5 Grain




KA Bread Flour




Quinoa in Porridge




Buckwheat in Porridge












Water, Water in Porridge 144







Dough Hydration



Total Flour w/ Starters



Total Water



Total Weight



% Whole Grain with Porridge



% Whole Sprouted Grain






Hydration with Starters and Porridge



Whole and sprouted 5 grains are rye, wheat, barley, Kamut & spelt



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Seems many things come in spurts on the TFL.  We are always looking for something new and interesting to do on the bread front.  Recently, we have seen a few Pain di Altamura breads with the odd folding of the dough a few minutes before baking.  The most interesting thing is this folding.  The bread itself is a straightforward durum wheat one but the look of the weird lump of bread you end up with is its calling card.

For the life of me, I have no idea why they would want to deflate their dough and moosh it into a shape, resembling a scientific oddity, that ends up densely pinched in the middle and good for nothing I can think of right away.   But there are all kinds of things in the bread world that I can’t understand or explain and these are the things that make bread making addicting for me.

The non-Kamut berries sprouted faster.

Traditional Altamura bread is usually 100% durum wheat bread, at 60% hydration made with sourdough in about 5 hours from mix to bake.  The biggest complaint of late is that it doesn’t really taste that great. It has a nutty flavor, the bread has a beautiful yellow color for the crumb and crust which is pretty cool for an un-enriched bread.  But if a bread doesn’t taste as good as it looks we are naturally let down a bit.

Easy to tell which side is the semolina porridge.

So Lucy tasked herself this week to get some flavor into this bread, increase its nutrition, improve its GI and still try to keep its dinosaur dump looks.  First foo she tossed the 5 hour process and went to a very long one instead.  Long means flavor when it comes to SD so that was good place for her to start.

The really dark, if tiny, bran levain is also easy to spot.

The 2nd thing she did was to get some other whole grains in the mix to present a more complex and deep flavor profile.  She used small amounts of rye, wheat, spelt and barley.  If the mix stayed all durum, that is what you will get a greatly refined durum bread that doesn’t taste that great.  For a 3rd change she replaced much of the durum with its close cousin Kamut.  Kamut is a 28 chromosome grain like durum and an ancient one too - a natural hybrid of durum and polonicum finally confirmed by DNA testing for the science starved like me.

 The bread really fermented well in the fridge.

Kamut also has that wonderful yellow coloring like durum.  The problem with durum semolina is that most of the flavor found in the bran and germ has been stripped away by the milling and sifting proves.  So using whole grain Kamut and milling it at home we could keep all of the lost flavor and remove the blandness that plain pasta is known to have.

This beautifully risen loaf should have been slashed and baked rtter than folded over to bring out its full potential..

Since the whole grains would end up at 72% for this bread instead of 0% for the traditional Altamura we upped the hydration to 75% and used all the sifted out bran from the whole grains in the levain to keep it wettest the longest and attacked by the acid in the mix for as long as possible.

The longer it sat waiting for the oven to heat up the more the bottom half was deflated.

Might as well shoot for as open a crumb as we can muster especially knowing that much of the openness would be wiped away with the folding at the last minute.  The barn also will make the levain and resulting bread more sour as well and this bread need every helping hand in the flavor department.

The other edge.

The levain was built over 3 stages and then retarded for 36 hours to bring out the sour as well as soften the bran from the whole grains.  We also learned not long ago that the kids in the UK are fed semolina porridge for breakfast.  You learn something new every day and it had been years since we had made a decent gruel for bread.  So we made a semolina one for this bread to try make Ian happy..

All of the durum semolina in this bread was re-milled to make it into more of a flour than sandpaper grit.  The levain ended up being less than 10% pre-fermented flour.  Less levain means more time and more time means more flavor generally speaking.   We did our usual 3 sets of 30 slap and folds and 3 sets of 4 stretch and folds, all on 15 minute intervals since durum and Kamut don’t like much man handling and are fast to ferment.

There is that same old same old salad again!  Still yummy though....

We skipped the bulk ferment because of the speed of these grains and did a 21 hour shaped retard in an oval basket.  We took the bread out of the fridge and cold shaped it by folding it over gently in half and then fired up the oven to 500 F preheat with one pan of Mega Steam in place of our normal two pans of lave rocks.

Yep, the bottom got smooshed.  Very dense down there.

Normally this bread would be baked in a WFO without steam but the oven itself is packed with bread that is putting out a lot of steam all by itself so we thought one pan of steam was a good compromise.  The folding of the bread mooshed the bottom half and it wasn’t likely to, nor did it, recover with spring in the oven.  If I was making this bread agai, I wouldn’t fold it but just slash it twice and bake it off.   No sense ruining half the bread in my book.

Looks better if you cover up the dense part:_)

We baked it with steam for 18 minutes at 450 F and then 38 minutes at 425 F convection until it read 207 F in the middle.  We then moved it to the cooling rack.  It was amazing how much like a real WFO loaf of Atamura this bread actually looked.  Dark, no gloss crust with that beautiful yellow tinge underneath that you could see well where the bread sprang at the open folded overlap section.

 I don’t have much hope of the crumb on the bottom section but hopefully the top half will be OK.  We shall see once it cools.  We are pretty sure the flavor problem of this bread will be cured just from the aroma it is putting off on the cooling rack!  This bread is as tasty as any other whole grain sprouted bread that we have have made lately with the added bit of a slight sweet nutty finish.  Just don't fold it over like this doofus did. The crumb din't come out as yellow as we hoped - too many whole grains:-)  It made a great grilled chicken pepperjack cheese, avocado, lettuces and tomato sandwich for lunch with the usual fixings.\


Altamura Style Whole Sprouted 6 Grain Sourdough with Bran Levain


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Last time we under filled the new Oriental Pullman pan so this week Lucy though she would overfill it.   It was perfectly filled until she duped in a bunch of add ins that made for about 400 g of too much dough.  From famine to feast still means the pan is struggling to do its thing because of a lackadaisical master and overly ambitious apprentice bordering on a doofus twofer.


So to really mess things up we decided to do an hour autolyze with a bunch of sprouted and whole grain rye and wheat too.  We decided to do a retard for a high percent rye bread – oh no! And we are doing a total 19% pre-fermented flour in two different levains which is a lot, about twice as much, for a long retarded dough on a near 100 F day or two in AZ.


We are hoping for 3 things I guess.  That the rye bran in the SD rye levain will make it very acidic which helps control amylase action in rye breads.  That the long cold retard temperature will also help control the amylase action in rye breads – enzyme and other wee beasties of all kinds don’t like the cold and slow way down.


Also, we hoped that the very long cold retard of weeks on end for the two rye starters have managed to increase the LAB to yeast ratio in the starters levain and dough so more acid will be produced helping to keep the amylase in check.  We also hoped that the separate YW wheat bran levain will help to open the crumb on this very heavy, whole grain bread as it usually does and has so well in the past.


Then Lucy decided to do a set of slap and folds and 3 sets of stretch and folds to do some gluten development on a bread that doesn’t have much of any of that.  She is a real renegade for sure and possibly a stealth Vicious Viking who will eviscerate you faster than vittles at best and upchuck on your toes at worst!


Lucy went for the really dark side with the Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter for the autolyse liquid, some barley malt syrup, red malt and a bit of cocoa.  But, she went purist too by omitting the aromatic seeds we usually would put in a bread like this, so we could taste the whole and sprouted grains better which sounds a lot better than the real deal being….. that we just forgot to put them in.


She chucked in the add ins into the mix on the first set of stretch and folds, forgetting the squash seeds we had purchased for this bread,  which were done with a wet bench scraper and one wet hand to keep the sticky mess at bay with some luck in that regard.  Still, it was heavy, sticky at 94% hydration and gloppy going into the tall pan.


We shaped the top with a wet spatula and stuck more sunflower seeds to the top, bagged it and chucked it into the fridge with no bulk ferment at all since we were worried the long retard of 21 hours would likely over proof the dough anyway.  At the 11 hour mark, the dough looked fully proofed with the first cracks starting to form on the top.  Too bad we don’t bake bread at 10 pm around here, if the wife is at home, so it had to wait it out.


We preheated the new GE to 450 F with Mega Steam on the bottom rack once it hit temperature for another 215 minutes of getting the steam up to speed.  At the 21 hour mark it was way more cracked and possibly past its prime, so we sort of reshaped the top with a wet spatula, docked the top with a toothpick and hoped it wouldn’t collapse completely when it hit the heat.


We got lucky in that the bread didn’t collapse but it didn’t spring much either so I’m guessing it was fully proofed.  After 10 minutes we turned the oven down to 425 F and continued steaming for another 10 minutes.  Once the steam came out, we turned the oven down to 350 F convection and continued baking for another 80 minutes


We then took the loaf out of tin after 100 minutes total baking time when the loaf was exactly 195 F.  We baked it on the rack for an additional 40 minutes and took it out of the oven to cool on a rack when it hit 205 F. 140 minutes seems like a long time but this is big loaf of bread nearly a double miche at 4 pounds baked weight. Once cooled we wrapped it in plastic for the 24 hour wait before slicing.


It has promise crumb wise….. but it didn’t smell nearly as enticing or exotic as a loaf with aromatic seeds. Without the bread spices, the flavors of the sprouted and whole rye and wheat really stand out.  It was easy to slice in 1/4' sections with no crumbling at all.  Even with the fruits it isn't too sweet.  The crumb is moist and not as open as i would have thought it would be - bout normal for this kind of bread and all the add ins,  I don't think a bread could get moire healthy and hearty.- delicious too!.


Ribs and Salad don't go together well enough.


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dabrownman's picture

Now that is some windowpane!

We are getting pretty good at keeping baked bread out of the freezer by sticking to only baking one loaf a week.  When out future son-in-law came over for breakfast in Easter weekend he rolled away with the last of the frozen bread and a couple of homemade jams and some citrus to take back to Colorado.

So it was wide open of bread this week and we decided to make a white bread.  Well, technically, not white but as white as we get around here.  It was 75% white flour half LaFama AP and half KA bread flour with 25% home sprouted and milled 3 grain flour of wheat, spelt and rye.

Lucy also decided to toss in 125 g dry weight of sprouted wheat, spelt and rye as an and in during the first set of stretch and folds which upped the whole grains to 40% overall.  The levain ended up being a bit less than 15% pre-fermented flour and pretty much followed our usual methods.

Half the add in sprouts go in.

After sprouting the 3 grains and getting a15% extraction of hard bits once the drying and milling was done, we did a 3 stage, 4 hours each, levain build using the hard bits first and then the 85% extraction for part of the 2nd and 3rd stage flour build.  Instead of doing a 36 hour retard of the levain we cut it back to only 8 hours because we were out of bread…… at least at that moment – so the sour and crumb would have to suffer a bit.

The other half of the sprouts go in.

I had commented to Yippee, after she used the bran levain build on her last WW sprouted bread, that came put so well and made her so happy, that IO wished I could taste it.  Yippee was kind enough to make that happen.  She sent me a few slices of that wonderful bread to try out and it arrived 10 days after it was baked – it was frozen for part of that time but it oy took 2 days to actually get from there to here.

I can’t tell you how great her bread really is.   Even if a few days old and coming out the of freezer, it was the best WW bread I have ever tasted, the best looking and smelling too!  It isn’t unusual for Fresh Loafians to make some of the best bread of all kinds to be found anywhere but hers is exceptional and a cut above.  No one would have a problem making this the bread they would take to Deserted Isle if they could only take one -it’s that good.

On top of fixing my being out of bread, she sent a lovely gift along with the bread… Oriental style sandwich baking tin, matching the one she made the bread in and something I have always wanted but could never find.  She also is very good at slicing bread too.

I’ve never been able to slice so perfectly with the slices exactly the same and the right thickness – I thought a machine had done it.  Yippee is awful good at making people happy and those around her have to be blessed for sure.  Now I can only try and make bread in it as well as she does – fat chance!

First slice of the Easter Prime Rib.  Perfectly done and delicious. 

Once the first batch of sprouts were done we started the 2nd identical batch of sprouts to use for add ins.  We love the chew they add to any bread crumb.   Once the levain came out of the fridge, we stirred it down and set it on the windowsill to warm up while we autolyzed the dough flour with the dough water and the salt sprinkled on top.

Some of the prime rib left overs went into these Meat Pies.

It only took an hour for the levain to rise 25%, our cue to mix it into the dough.  We stirred in the salt first and then the levain went.  We did 60 slap and folds to get the levain mixed in and to start the gluten development.  It was followed by 2 more sets of 30 before the first of 3 sets of stretch and folds from the compass points – all of them on 20 minute intervals .  After a 15 minute rest, we did a pre-shape and the a final shape 10 minutes later.

Yippee's great Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread to the right.  She got enough dough in the pan and didn't over proof it either:-)

So….. even though the bread I was making was not big enough to fill the tin properly for a white bread and a couple hundred of grams light, I put it in there anyway after spraying it with PAM.  No way I wasn’t going to use it.  One thing to remember about these pans is that they are not water tight so you can’t really pour water in them and weigh it to see how much dough it will take to fill it.

You should have seen me.  Pan on scale with the dough under a mixing bowl on the counter right next to the scale.  Water starts going in and I don’t have enough to fill it so go get some more and kept porting away -  and then I notice the water is pouring all over the scale and counter and …..the dough!

Lucy headed straight outside through the doggie door fast as could be as I grabbed the towels and dumped the tin in the sink.  Funny as could be and the counter and floor got a good scrubbing too.  Lean something new about bread every time I bake it seems.

We let the panned dough sit for 20 minutes on the counter, bagged in a trash can liner, before tucking it into the fridge for an 18 hour retard.  Some dough rises a lot for the first 10 hours as it cools and some rises not much at all but this one kept rising after the 10 hour mark.  I pinched one bubble on the loaf at the 10 hour mark and there was one 3 times bigger at the 18 hour mark – talk about windowpane.

It had risen to the rim in the middle but I could feel other bubbles under the top so I went ahead and docked it with a toothpick.  It didn’t collapse but I could tell it was a bit over 100% proofed instead of the 90% I wanted – one of the things that can happen when doing a shaped proof.

The slice is so tall you can cut it in half and make a fine roast beef sandwich with some tomato, half an avocado,a salad with some Swiss cheese, half an orange, a pickle, a few strawberries and some green olives. 

As the oven pre-heated to 500 F the dough was warming a bit on the counter.  As soon as the oven hit temperature I put in a half dose of Mega Steam, waited 15 minutes and then slashed the top and put the tin on the rack between the 2 stones for 18 minutes of steam at 450 F.

Yippee's bread, toasted with butter, jam with Swiss cheese melted on top made an excellent platform for today's breakfast of bacon, sausage and egg.  Yummy

Once the steam came out we turned the oven down to 425 F convection and continued baking for 10 minutes before covering the top with foil as it was browning too quickly.  After it tested 209 F 35 minutes later, we un-molded the bread and put it on the rack to continue to bake to dry out the crust that had been touching the tin.  It only sprang an inch at best – but it didn’t collapse either.

We will have to wait and see how the crumb came out.  The crumb was open very soft and moist.  I tried my best to slice it like Yippee did only a bit thinner - perhaps early and still a bit warm.  Very tasty and I love the chew of the Sproutes. FOr some reason this bread came ou tasting sweet .  We will have to see if it sours up by tomorrow.

Thanks Yippee - you are an inspiration! 

Salads go with anything.


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dabrownman's picture

The garden had volunteer daisies and Red Romaine lettuce growing side by side.

Lucy has been busy working on here new billion-dollar invention of bio-nanobots that you put into the flour after milling that would go to work as soon as you added water to mix for an autolyze and then tell you when to add the salt and leaven.  That sounded pretty good since I have forgotten to the salt before but she wasn’t done. 


 Then they would knead and bulk ferment the dough, pre-shape and shape it into what ever shape you specified so you could place it in the form and bag it for retard and then tell you when it is properly proofed to get it out of the fridge to unmold.

The bio-nanobots would talk to your oven to get it properly preheated for you to bake, slash the bread for you and then tell you when the bread was perfectly done.   I told Lucy that these new bio-nanobots don’t leave much in the bread making process for us poor humans to do in the future and I’m not sure we would like that very much.


Lucy said that she was just fixing the bread stuff humans, especially me,  do poorly.  All she had to do to prove her point was look at my bread blog which turned out to be the inspiration for her latest invention.  I thought that was a low blow even for a her and any Bread Baking Apprentice 2nd Class for that matter.  Her response was that the truth doesn’t change just because fools like me don’t agree with it.


It quickly went downhill from there.  I asked her if she knew that people used to eat dogs for Easter or if she knew that I was especially fond of dogs after that late night evening in a fine Korean restaurant in LA 25 years ago where Canine was King.  Well, you get the drift.  So she came up with this ridiculously complicated recipe for this week’s bake ……so….. I just ignored one whole days’ worth of it to get down to 4 days instead of 5 – after I forgot to start the recipe on time on Monday by starting the sprouts!


This one started with 9 grain sprouts for 50% of the flour with the other 50% KA bread flour.  Once the sprouts were dried, milled and sifted to get pout the 17% hard bit extraction we came up with 42 grams of them.  These were fed to the 3 stage levain build for the first 2 feedings with the high extraction sprouted flour making up of part of the 3rd levain build.


Normally we would retard the levain for 36 hours but this is where the 24 hour reduction came into the equation.  We dropped 24 hours of it and settled for a 12 hour retard.  Lucy also specified a weird Tang Zhong of a bottle of Full Sail Amber Ale and 100 g of KA bread flour.  Once it hit 158 F we took it off the heat to cool down


The 2 hour autolyze was all of the Tang Zhong, the rest of the bread flour and the remaining portion of the high extraction 9 grain flour with the salt sprinkled on top.  Once the autolyze was mixed we started on the 2 hour baked seed scald.


First we toasted the seeds and then ground them in the coffee mill into flour. Then we added twice their weight in water (160 g) and 40 g of the of the autolyse dough mix, with the red malt and white malts and baked this mass in the mini oven for two hours stirring every 30 minutes.

Finally got around to making that French classic, or Italian, Lettuce Soup that Reynard reminded me of not long ago,  This one had smoked sausage and grilled chicken in it too,

The we added the 15 g of extra water to the autolyze to pinch in the salt before doing the first set of 60 slap and folds to mix in the salt and get the gluten development going.  We then did 2 more sets of 20 slap and folds before adding in the baked seed, autolyse and malt scald on the first of 3 sets of stretch and folds from the compass points


Poblano and sweet corn kernel, Witch Yeast and YW corn bread takes a lot longer to make than the BP kind:-).

All of the dough manipulations were done on 20 minute increments.  We let the dough rest for 30 minutes before pre-shaping and shaping into a squat oval and placing it into a rice floured basket and bagged for a an 19 hour shaped retard in the fridge.


When we took the dough out the next morning we got the New BOB (Big Old Betsy) preheated to 500 F with the combo cooker inside.  We un-molded the dough onto parchment on a peel, slashed it twice and loaded it into the CC.


After 20 minutes of steam at 425 F we baked it for 5 minutes at 425 F convection with the lid off before taking it off the CC cast iron bottom to let it finish on the stone for another 30 minutes of baking till it hit 208 F – then temperature we like for a 50% whole grain bread.


Grilled chicken and cheese sandwich to go with a very tasty carrot, butternut squash and Swiss chard soup for lunch today.  

It spread a bit more than it bloomed and sprang but it did eventually brown and crisp up.  We will have to see how the crumb came out after it cools. It sure smelled good coming out of the oven.  Lucy nearly pulled out all of her bag of tricks to get this one to taste just right.  We shall see.   Well I'm kind of stunned that the bread isn't more open but It isn't totally dense either.  What saves it is the taste - It is delicious.  Plain, toasted with butter......the seeds really come through, very complex, hearty and earth earthy  ........  I've eaten a quarter of it just trying to figure out why it isn't as open as it looked like it would be.  I won't mind eating it with my eyes closed and dreaming about what should have bene:-).   Maybe I should ave baked at 475 to begin with instead of 425 F?  Any ideas?  .

Don't forget that salad 


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malt and 160 g of water


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We haven’t made any pizza for a while around her for some reason.  It isn’t like we don’t like pizza but it is pretty messy when it comes right down to it – at least it is when Lucy and I make it at any rate!  Flour, semolina, corn meal everywhere, frying the Sausage, chopping all the toppings…..Yep I’m guilty and Lucy looks guilty.

This pizza was different than our normal in may ways.  First the dough was a plain KA bread flour, water, salt and instant yeast made as a polish the night before.  No rosemary, garlic and sun dried tomato in the dough either.

It rose well in the fridge after 48 hours and when gently deflated made 2 pizza crusts that rose 3 hours on the counter in the bowl before forming.

Instead of retarding the dough for 12 hours we retarded it for 48 hours.  Instead of coating the formed pes in Mojo de Ajo before the sauce goes on ( a mistake in hindsight), we just sprinkled some dried garlic on it and no sauce either.  We put a thin layer of Monterrey jack cheese down first and no mozzarella to be found anywhere either.

The highly secret green crocodile Teflon coated, mini pizza roller.  Once you stretch out the dough and make the rim, this baby works great to get the middle paper thin without messing with the rim  but watch tyour fingers:-).

Instead of sauce we put some thin slices of salted and peppered of Roma tomato on top of the cheese.  No caramelized onions this time - just sliced red and green ones.  The normal sliced red and Poblano peppers, cremini and button mushrooms, thin pepperoni, grilled chicken and hot Italian sausage were still there.

The grated cheese on top were a bit different too.  Instead of Parmesan and Romano, we had a salty, sharp, hard, grating, goats milk cheese from Greece.   For the finishing touch after baking instead of just fresh Thai basil and arugula we had Thai Basil and dandelion instead.

The polish was 100 g of 100% hydration KA bread flour and water with a pinch of yeast that was left on the counter for 8 hours before mixing in 300 more g of KA bread flour and 200 g of water with 8 g of salt.  After developing the gluten with slap and folds we let the dough rest for an hour, folded it and then placed it in the fridge in a plastic covered, oiled bowl for 2 days.

This dough was not as extensible as an AP one, out favorite, but it also too manhandling better and was stronger so it didn’t tear either.  I liked it for stretching.  My wife didn’t like the taste of this dough and thought it was chewy. She is always right of course.  Compared to our favorite, flavored dough, this one is pretty boring and it is chewier than our usual AP dough and it didn’t get as crisp too – but I think that was due to the new oven and not getting the stone hot enough long enough first.

Without our usual zippy, zesty sauce, this pizza wasn’t as ‘hot’ or spicy.  I fixed mine with some red chili flakes on top – no problem.  I liked the pizza a lot and it was very good the next day when toasted for 5 minutes in the toaster mini oven.  Not having to cook so much stuff and not making a sauce sure makes the process much easier and time consuming…… but not that much cleaner!

And a different kind of pie - a strawberry, blueberry, banana and ginger galette.  Yum!





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