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Two herb-y nutty SD this week. One with cheese and one without. Make your choice… Or let’s have both :)

 

 

Tarragon Walnut SD with 40% Sprouted Durum

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

273

100

27

100

303

100

Sprouted Durum Flour

120

40

    

120

39.60

Whole Kamut Flour

120

40

    

120

39.60

Amaranth Flour

60

20

    

60

19.80

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

1.5

0.50

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

1.5

0.50

         

Hydration

    

30

100

261

86.14

Cold Water + Hot water

  

231

84.62

27

100

261

86.14

         

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.47

  

4

1.32

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.75

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

22.22

  

Levain

  

60

21.98

    
         

Add-ins

39

12.00

39

14.29

  

39

12.87

Toasted Walnuts

36

12.00

36

13.19

  

36

11.88

Dried Tarragon

3

1.00

3

1.10

  

3

0.99

         

Total

  

614.5

225.09

60

222.22

614.5

202.81


 

Rosemary Edam Pumpkin Seed SD with 40% Sprouted Emmer

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

270

100

30

100

303

100

Sprouted Blue Emmer Flour

120

40

    

120

39.60

Whole Kamut Flour

180

60

    

180

59.41

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

1.5

0.50

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

1.5

0.50

         

Hydration

    

33

100

303

100.00

Water

  

270

100.00

30

100

303

100.00

         

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.48

  

4

1.32

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.78

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

20.00

  

Levain

  

66

24.44

    
         

Add-ins

58.5

12.00

58.5

21.67

  

58.5

19.31

Edam, Diced

36

12.00

36

13.33

  

36

11.88

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

21

7.00

21

7.78

  

21

6.93

Dried Rosemary

1.5

0.50

1.5

0.56

  

1.5

0.50

         

Total

  

676

250.37

66

220.00

676

223.10

 

(* For the instruction below, the numbers before and after the slash (/) are for the 1st formula and the 2nd formula respectively)


Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 27/30 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients.

Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 4/4 hours (28/28.5°C).

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the nuts, seeds and cheese. For both bread, ferment for a total of 4 hours. Mix on low for 2 minutes at the 30 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the reserved add-ins at the 50 minute-mark. After the bulk, shape the dough then put in into a banneton. Freeze for 1 hour before retarding in the fridge for 10 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

Both loaves are quite complex in terms of flavour and texture. The first one is sweeter with the yellow grains and the vanilla aroma of tarragon, while the second has an additional salty note from the cheese. I might enjoy the latter a touch more. After all, it has got cheese.

 

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Macau Portuguese-inspired salted cod fried rice

 Egg & shiitake mushroom Zhajiang noodles with crispy peanuts

 Minced lamb & pea biryani

 Ancho chili spinach mushroom Edam enchiladas

 Simple fried rice noodles with snap peas, Chinese sausages & marinated eggs

 

Chicken & mushroom fettuccine in creamy coconut sauce

 

Spicy lamb & leek gozleme 

 

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It has been quite a while since I last baked with spelt. Spelt and emmer are similar in terms of their characteristic in dough. Working with them is always a pleasant experience for they produce a silky (read: not gluing to your hands like rye…) and extensible dough.

Temperature has been hitting 33°C these days, so it wasn’t at all surprising that the levain (1:5.5:5.5) got aerated within 3.5 hours. I didn’t plan very well so it had to go into the fridge for 3 hours before use.

 

Blue Emmer & Spelt SD with 30% Sprouted Spelt

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

267

100

33

100

303

100

Sprouted Spelt Flour

90

30

    

90

29.70

Whole Spelt Flour

60

20

    

60

19.80

Whole Blue Emmer Flour

150

50

    

150

49.50

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

         

Hydration

    

36

100

243

80.20

Water

  

207

77.53

33

100

243

80.20

         

Vital Wheat Gluten

7

2.33

7

2.62

  

7

2.31

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.50

  

4

1.32

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

18.18

  

Levain

  

72

26.97

    
         
         

Total

  

550

205.99

72

218.18

550

181.52

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 33 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 

Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 3.5 hours (28.5°C).

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the walnuts. Ferment for a total of 3 hours. Mix on low for 2 minutes at the 30 and 40 minute mark. After the bulk, shape the dough then put in into a banneton. As the temperature was high, I put it in the freezer for 1 hour before retarding in the fridge for 10 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

This bread was just slightly sour, perhaps because the starter had been recently refreshed. The levain and final dough were only fermented briefly at room temperature as well. With the mild acidity, the maltiness of the bread really comes through. It has a nice sweet aroma that resembles malted drinks like Milo, Ovaltine and Horlicks :)

 

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Coconut braised pork shank rice noodles

 

Pan-seared sockeye salmon feta rava bowl

 

Korean-inspired spicy udon with homemade fishcakes

 

Chicken makhani with naa-caccia (naan-focaccia hybrid :))

 

Saucy oyster rice with marinated eggs

 

Wasabi soy sauce spaghettini with shrimps and red cabbages (so pretty!)

 

Pressure-cooked beef shank, kimchi stuffed egg roll, cabbage salad in tahini dressing, sticky glazed tiny fish & walnuts, sautéed sliced beef & onions, caramelized zucchini (mega sweet & juicy), and rice noodles

 

Lemon glazed chicken thighs, crispy beef wrapped asparagus, Mozzarella-topped Spanish chorizo pasta bake, cauliflower & shrimp salad in anchovy dressing, and sautéed cabbages

 

Lotus leaf (sorry no bamboo leaves) wrapped Zongzi. Skinned mung bean, long-grain glutinous rice, and… marinated beef tendon lol

 

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!

 

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Aiming for consistent performance while varying the ingredients.

 

First up, breads:

 

20% corn, 30% sprouted durum, 50% kamut, 7% olive, 1% dried basil

 

40% sprouted einkorn, 10% sorghum, 50% blue emmer, 15% hazelnuts, 2% coffee

 

30% sprouted kamut, 20% amaranth, 50% einkorn, 12% cashew, 1% sun-dried tomatoes, 1% dried tarragon

 

40% einkorn, 60% durum, 15% cashew, 1% dried parsley 

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Other dishes are coming next:

 

Pan-fried dumplings (They were made so long ago that I’ve forgotten what the filling was…)

 

Red curry salmon flat noodles

 

Squid masala with upma & crispy potato wedges

 

Feta shrimp fusilli in pea pesto

 

Cantonese Zha Jiang noodles

 

Gouda-stuffed potato mochi & roasted capelin

 

Kung Pao style rice noodles with shrimps

 

Red cabbage & pork steamed dumplings

 

Killer pressure cooked taco al pastor…

 

…made Mexican rice with the “leftover”  

 

Shrimp paste minced pork eggplant glass noodles

 

Porcini risotto with caramelized broccolini

 

Wishing everyone well and good health :)

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Admittedly, it doesn't look like much, but there is a story to this.

After baking >10 loaves of cheese bread in a row, I decided to take a break from it and whip up a simple dough instead. This dough contained nothing but water, whole wheat flour and salt. Ok, there were also walnuts but they weren’t part of the “dough”. Although the dough was well developed, I accidentally let it over-proof for quite a bit… Uh oh… Yet thanks to this, I now feel more confident about rescuing over-proofed dough.

 

100% Whole Wheat Walnut Sourdough

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

270

100

30

100

303

100

Whole Red Wheat Flour

240

80

    

240

79.21

Whole Red Fife Wheat Flour

60

20

    

60

19.80

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

         

Hydration

    

33

100

297

98.02

Water

  

264

97.78

30

100

297

98.02

         

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.48

  

4

1.32

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

20.00

  

Levain

  

66

24.44

    
         

Add-ins

45

15.00

45

16.67

  

45

14.85

Toasted Walnuts

45

15.00

45

16.67

  

45

14.85

         

Total

  

649

240.37

66

220.00

649

214.19

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 30 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 

Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 6 hours (26°C). The leaven was more active than usual when used.

 

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the walnuts. Ferment for a total of 3 hours 50 minutes. Mix on low for 2 minutes at the 30 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the add-ins by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark.

The dough was quite elastic by the end of mixing. It felt very “white dough-like” when compared with other whole grain dough I have worked with.

 

After the bulk, shape the dough then put in into a banneton. Retard for 10 hours.

When I took the dough out the next morning, it was ready to crawl out of the basket… It would no doubt collapse under its own weight and turn into an amorphous UFO if I baked it straight. Reluctant to give in, I gently poured the dough out and re-shaped it tightly. It was returned to the banneton and rested for 15 minutes before being baked at 250°C/482°F.

Bake with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Leave to cool for 3 hours before slicing.

 

 

As anticipated, there was not much oven spring to speak of. That said, the dough managed to retain its shape despite being so over-proofed. The crumb isn’t very open but it could have been much worse. From now on, I would be adopting the same approach (reshape very gently + bake immediately/after a brief rest) for over-proofed dough. Of course, the resulting loaf can never compare with a perfectly proofed one… Yet let’s save the complaints for the moment :)

 

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Stir-fried homemade alkaline noodles with char siu

 

Risotto stuffed squid

 

Pressure-cooked pork shank with shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots & carrots

 

Mexican-inspired fusilli with blackened salmon

 

Mixed veggies glass noodles with spiced tofu and roasted capelin

 

Salmon with leek & brussel sprouts, and fried rice

 

T55 ciabatta

 

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Cheese bread continues…

 

 

Edam Cranberry SD with Sprouted White Quinoa & Sorghum

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

270

100

30

100

302.5

100

Whole White Wheat Flour

180

60

    

180

59.50

Sprouted White Quinoa Flour

60

20

    

60

19.83

Whole Sorghum Flour

60

20

    

60

19.83

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

2.5

0.83

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

2.5

0.83

         

Hydration

    

32.5

100

302.5

100.00

Water

  

270

100.00

30

100

302.5

100.00

         

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.48

  

4

1.32

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.78

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

5

16.67

 

 

Levain

  

65

24.07

   

 

         

Add-ins

78

26.00

78

28.89

  

78

25.79

Edam, Diced

78

26.00

78

28.89

  

78

25.79

Dried Cranberries

15

5.00

15

5.56

  

15

4.96

         

Total

  

694.5

257.22

65

216.67

694.5

229.59

Chevre Sunflower Seed SD with Sprouted Einkorn & Amaranth 

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

263

100

37

100

303

100

Whole Durum Flour

150

50

    

150

49.50

Sprouted Einkorn Flour

90

30

    

90

29.70

Whole Amaranth Flour

60

20

    

60

19.80

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

         

Hydration

    

40

100

243

80.20

Water

  

203

77.19

37

100

243

80.20

         

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.52

  

4

1.32

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.85

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

16.22

  

Levain

  

80

30.42

    
         

Add-ins

66

22.00

66

25.10

  

66

21.78

Bûche de Chèvre, Diced

66

22.00

66

25.10

  

66

21.78

Sunflower Seeds, Toasted

12

4.00

12

4.56

  

12

3.96

         

Total

  

623.5

237.07

80

216.22

623.5

205.78

(* For the instruction below, the numbers before and after the slash (/) are for the 1st formula and the 2nd formula respectively)




 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 30/37 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 6/5 hours (25.5/25.5°C). Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the add-ins. Ferment for a total of 5/4 hours. Mix on low for 2 minutes at the 30 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the add-ins by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. After the bulk, shape the dough then put in into a banneton. Retard for 8/10 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

 

In my experience, hard white wheat is much weaker than red wheat. Most other wheat species, such as spelt, einkorn, durum and kumut, give rise to a stronger dough in comparison. This is contrary to popular belief but very true, for me at least.

 

 

 

For some reason, bread with amaranth browns exceptionally well. Read: it burns real fast so watch out! The bread was baked darker than usual because of this :)

 

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Korean style sautéed seafoods with rice and poached egg

 

Seasoned basmati rice with pan-grilled shrimps, roasted cauliflowers, crispy chickpeas & feta cubes

 

 

Carbonara with pancetta

 

Sweet potato starch noodle salad in a black vinegar-tahini dressing + tons of seasonings (garlic, cilantro, red onions, fried shallots & Sichuan pepper)

 

Lamb chili enchiladas

 

Stir fried squid hand-pulled noodles with Korean chunjang

 

Gouda-stuffed chestnut-fed pork chop over mushroom rice

 

White bread (40% wg 60% T55): 13% each sorghum, finger millet & barley:

Quality white flour does make a difference. The aroma is evidently superior. I am convinced!

 

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Yes. It's cheese bread again. You can't have too much of it, can you? :)

 

 

Taleggio Hazelnut SD with Einkorn, Red Fife & Sprouted Red Rice

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

263

100

37

100

303

100

Whole Einkorn Flour

120

40

    

120

39.60

Sprouted Red rice Flour

90

30

    

90

29.70

Whole Red Fife Wheat Flour

90

30

    

90

29.70

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

3

0.99

         

Hydration

    

40

100

243

80.20

Water

  

203

77.19

37

100

243

80.20

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.90

  

5

1.65

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.85

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

6

16.22

  

Levain

  

80

30.42

    
         

Add-ins

66

22.00

66

25.10

  

66

21.78

Taleggio AOP, Diced

66

22.00

66

25.10

  

66

21.78

Roasted Hazelnuts, Halved

15

5.00

15

5.70

  

15

4.95

         

Total

  

624.5

237.45

80

216.22

624.5

206.11

 

 

Blue Stilton Sultanas Rosemary SD with Einkorn & Sprouted Kamut 

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

261

100

39

100

302

100

Sprouted Kamut Flour

150

50

    

150

49.67

Whole Einkorn Flour

150

50

    

150

49.67

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

      

2

0.66

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

      

2

0.66

         

Hydration

    

41

100

251

83.11

Water

  

210

80.46

39

100

251

83.11

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.92

  

5

1.66

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.87

  

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% Hydration)

    

4

10.26

  

Levain

  

82

31.42

    
         

Add-ins

30

10.00

30

11.49

  

30

9.93

Blue Stilton, Crumbled

30

10.00

30

11.49

  

30

9.93

Sultanas, Rehydrated

18

6.00

18

6.90

  

18

5.96

Dried Rosemary

3

1.00

3

1.15

  

3

0.99

         

Total

  

595.5

228.16

82

210.26

595.5

197.19

 
(* For the instruction below, the numbers before and after the slash (/) are for the 1st formula and the 2nd formula respectively)
 

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 37/39 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 4/6 hours (25/24.5°C).

 

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the add-ins. Ferment for a total of 3/2.5 hours. Mix on low for 2 minutes at the 20 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the add-ins by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. After the bulk fermentation, shape the dough then put in into a banneton directly. Retard for 10/8 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

 

Both loaves carry a pungent aroma thanks to the strong cheese used. The sweet, coconut-ey einkorn mellows the flavour a bit so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming. I particularly like the burst of sweetness the sultanas provide. It does a nice job balancing the spiciness of Blue Stilton.

 

 

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Smoked salmon biryani

 

Pressure-cooked lamb shank bao bun

 

 

Thai-inspired salad with roasted beef & pan-fried homemade mochi

 

 

Pan-grilled duck breast skewers with roasted herby potatoes

 

Japchae

 

Pressure-cooked tomato braised beef tongue with onion-ey mash

 

Pan-fried garlic chive lamb dumplings

 

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We have shifted from savory bread to sweet bread this week.

 

 

Sprouted Durum & Einkorn Walnut Sourdough

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

265

100

35

100

302.5

100

Sprouted Durum Flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.59

Whole Einkorn Flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.59

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

0.83

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

0.83

         

Hydration

 

 

 

 

37.5

100

263.5

87.11

Water

 

 

226

85.28

35

100

263.5

87.11

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.89

 

 

5

1.65

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.83

 

 

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% hydration)

 

 

 

 

5

14.29

 

 

Levain

 

 

75

28.30

 

 

 

 

         

Add-ins

45

15.00

45

16.98

 

 

45

14.88

Toasted Walnuts

45

15.00

45

16.98

 

 

45

14.88

         

Total

 

 

623.5

235.28

75

214.29

623.5

206.12

 

 

Sprouted Black Quinoa & Blue Emmer Chocolate Sourdough

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

270

100

30

100

303

100

Spelt Flour

120

40

 

 

 

 

120

39.60

Blue Emmer Flour

90

30

 

 

 

 

90

29.70

Sprouted Black Quinoa Flour

90

30

 

 

 

 

90

29.70

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

0.99

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

0.99

         

Hydration

 

 

 

 

33

100

258

85.15

Water

 

 

225

83.33

30

100

258

85.15

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.85

 

 

5

1.65

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.78

 

 

7.5

2.48

Starter (100% hydration)

 

 

 

 

6

20.00

 

 

Levain

 

 

66

24.44

 

 

 

 

         

Add-ins

36

12.00

36

13.33

 

 

36

11.88

Cacao Barry Chocolate 70%, Diced

36

12.00

36

13.33

 

 

36

11.88

         

Total

 

 

609.5

225.74

66

220.00

609.5

201.16

 

(* For the instruction below, the numbers before and after the slash (/) are for the 1st formula and the 2nd formula respectively)

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 35/30 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 6.5/4.5 hours (24.5/25.5°C). Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the chocolate. Ferment for a total of 3/3.5 hours. Construct 2 rounds of 3 minute Rubaud mixing at the 20 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the reserved add-ins by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. After the bulk fermentation, shape the dough then put in into a banneton directly. Freeze it for 1 hour before retarding in the fridge for 8 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

Personally, I prefer the walnut bread. It’s sweeter and moister when compared with the chocolate one. That said, switching things up a bit is seldom a bad idea, especially when chocolate is involved :)

 

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Taleggio tuna stuffed caramelle in rutabaga sauce

 

 

Oyakodon

 

Lamb Kebab with cheese stuffed naan

 

Porcini risotto with crisped pancetta

 

Caramelized onion & shiitake mushroom SD pizza

 

Pan-seared chestnut-fed pork chop with garlicky mashed chopin potatoes and roasted cauliflowers

 

 

Oyster rice in seafood broth

 

Lean but mega juicy lamb meatballs, cooked in a paniyaram pan for a killer crust

 

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Try Taleggio in bread if you’re tired of Brie. Not only does it create little molten cheese pockets for you to bite into, but it also hits you with a pungent aroma. It freezes very well too. A quick reheating is all it takes to restore its creaminess.

 

 

Taleggio AOP Marjoram SD with 50% Sprouted Red Wheat

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

267

100

33

100

304.5

100

Sprouted Red Wheat Flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.26

Whole Red Fife Flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.26

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5

1.48

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5

1.48

         

Hydration

 

 

 

 

37.5

100

270.5

88.83

Water

 

 

233

87.27

33

100

270.5

88.83

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.87

 

 

5

1.64

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.81

 

 

7.5

2.46

Starter (100% hydration)

 

 

 

 

9

27.27

 

 

Levain

 

 

75

28.09

 

 

 

 

         

Add-ins

84

82.00

84

31.46

 

 

84

27.59

Taleggio AOP, Cubed

60

20.00

60

22.47

 

 

60

19.70

Toasted Walnuts

21

7.00

21

7.87

 

 

21

6.90

Dried Marjoram

3

1.00

3

1.12

 

 

3

0.99

Toasted Fennel Seeds

1

0.33

1

0.37

 

 

1

0.33

         

Total

 

 

671.5

251.50

75

227.27

671.5

220.53

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 33 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 4.5 hours (24.5°C).

 

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the cheese, walnuts and fennel seeds. Ferment for a total of 4.5 hours. Construct 2 rounds of 3 minute Rubaud mixing at the 20 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the reserved add-ins by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. After the bulk fermentation, shape the dough then put in into a banneton directly. Retard in the fridge for 10 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge and bake straight at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

As the temperature climbed, the red wheat berries were slightly over-sprouted. The dough started to show signs of break down by the end of the bulk. The crumb texture thus suffers a bit for it’s not been probably set… It becomes vastly unnoticeable once toasted though :)

 

 

Walnut is one of those nuts I don’t care for when eaten on its own. Yet it adds so much to baked goods that I find it irresistible! Moreover, incorporating marjoram and fennel seeds into the dough gives it a floral note and some sweetness respectively. They go quite nicely with the fruity grains and tangy cheese.

 

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Fermented napa cabbage mixed rice, shio koji lemon ginger chicken, and miso eggplants with scallions

 

Basil garlic spaghettini with seared scallops, corn, sun-dried tomatoes & sugar snap peas

 

Handmade noodles with pan-fried tofu, shiitake mushrooms, cabbages, bean sprouts and pickled greens

 

Smoked kipper biryani

 

Scallion, shrimp & egg fried rice

 

Fusilli in tomato sauce with caramelized cauliflowers, homemade chicken cheese sausage & crisped Spanish chorizo

 

SD pizza with Italian 00 bread flour (Edam, brussel sprouts, an egg, and a generous sprinkle of mace and black pepper)

Pizza takeout, what?

 

Tandoori chicken, Goan prawn curry, roasted sweet potatoes with cashews, sautéed veggies, and spiced basmati rice

 

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Back to my favourite sweet & savoury combo.

 

 

Tarragon Orange Peel Edam Cheese SD

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

268

100

32

100

305.5

100

Spelt flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.10

Sprouted Blue Emmer Flour

90

30

 

 

 

 

90

29.46

Sprouted Red Quinoa Flour

60

20

 

 

 

 

60

19.64

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.5

1.80

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.5

1.80

         

Hydration

 

 

 

 

37.5

100

290.5

95.09

Water

 

 

253

94.40

32

100

290.5

95.09

         

Salt

4

1.33

5

1.87

 

 

5

1.64

Vital Wheat Gluten

7.5

2.5

7.5

2.80

 

 

7.5

2.45

Starter (100% hydration)

 

 

 

 

11

34.38

 

 

Levain

 

 

75

27.99

 

 

 

 

         

Add-ins

72

70.00

72

26.87

 

 

72

23.57

Edam Cheese, Cubed

54

18.00

54

20.15

 

 

54

17.68

Candied Orange Peel, Diced

15

5.00

15

5.60

 

 

15

4.91

Dried Tarragon

3

1.00

3

1.12

 

 

3

0.98

         

Total

 

 

680.5

253.92

75

234.38

680.5

222.75

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 32 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 5 hours (21.5°C). Roughly combine all dough ingredients. Ferment for a total of 3.5 hours. Construct 2 rounds of 3 minute Rubaud mixing at the 20 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the cheese and orange peel by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. After the bulk fermentation, shape the dough then put in into a banneton directly. Retard in the fridge for 9 hours.

Remove the dough from the fridge 1 hour before baking. Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough. Bake at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

As you can see from the crumb, the bread was not proofed to the optimal level. It was a bit tough to judge the degree of fermentation with so many add-ins. Thankfully the melty cheese pockets create an illusion of holey bread :)

 

 

Tarragon is my most used spice recently. I like to add a generous pinch to most dishes for a sweet, vanilla touch. Here it pairs wonderfully with the citrusy candied peel and the salty cheese. Together with the nutty quinoa and malty emmer, they produce quite an umami loaf.   

 

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Satay chicken, coconut paniyaram & miso eggplants with leek and tomatoes, aka one of the weirdest combos ever

 

Pressured cooked lamb shank curry with SD WG naan

 

Watercress & pork dumplings with Chinese lemon chicken

 

Garlicky rotelle with kipper, snow peas & sun-dried tomatoes

 

Challah French toast with rajma (red kidney bean curry). Talk about multicultural dishes!

 

Korean-style mixed rice with fermented napa cabbage & cheddar, and sesame oil stir fried seafood & onion

 

Braised vegetables & glass noodles in fermented red bean curd (南乳齋). The Chinese New Year dish from my childhood memory

 

Lamb & cauliflower toacos. No words needed

 

Sheng jian carrot pork bao, pan-fried mochi with eggs & pickled mustard greens, Homemade noodles with a sweet & sour sesame sauce, pressure cooked Zhengjiang style ribs (yes, those aren't charcoal...), and mixed vegetables in broth

 

Black sesame SD

 

30% Kamut 2% matcha, homemade mochi-stuffed SD bagels

 

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I have a sudden fondness for coffee flavored baked goods lately. Nowadays, people pair cheese with not only wine and beer, but also coffee. Since wine, beer and coffee bread already exists, there’s no reason not to upgrade it by adding cheese, right? :)  

 

 

Coffee Provolone Piccante SD with 30% Sprouted Black Quinoa

 

 

Dough flour

Final Dough

Levain

Total Dough

 

g

%

g

%

g

%

g

%

Flour (All Freshly Milled)

300

100

272

100

28

100

304.5

100

Sprouted Black Quinoa Flour

90

30

 

 

 

 

90

29.56

Whole Blue Emmer Flour

60

20

 

 

 

 

60

19.70

Whole Red Wheat Flour

150

50

 

 

 

 

150

49.26

White Whole Wheat Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.25

0.74

Whole Rye Flour (Starter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.25

0.74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydration

 

 

 

 

32.5

100

262.5

96.06

Water

 

 

230

84.56

28

100

262.5

86.21

Coffee concentrate

 

 

30

11.03

 

 

30

9.85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt

4

1.33

4

1.47

 

 

4

1.31

Vital Wheat Gluten

9

3

9

3.31

 

 

9

2.96

Starter (100% hydration)

 

 

 

 

9

32.14

 

 

Levain

 

 

65

23.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add-ins

66

22

66

24.26

 

 

66

21.67

Provolone Piccante

60

20

60

22.06

 

 

60

19.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Concentrate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coarse Grind Coffee (I used a Mexican Arabica variety)

6

2

6

2.21

 

 

6

1.97

Hot Water

30

10

30

11.03

 

 

30

9.85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

646 

237.5 

65 

232.14

646 

212.15

 

Sift out the bran from dough flour, reserve 28 g for the leaven. Soak the rest, if any, in equal amount of water taken from dough ingredients. 


Combine all leaven ingredients and let sit until ready, about 5 hours (24°C).

Make the coffee concentrate by brewing the coarse grind coffee in the hot water. After 5 minutes, filter the solution and discard the residue. Keep refrigerated until needed.  

Roughly combine all dough ingredients except for the cheese. Ferment for a total of 4 hours. Construct 2 rounds of 3 minute Rubaud mixing at the 30 and 40 minute mark. Fold in the cheese by a set of lamination at the 50 minute mark. Shape the dough then put in into a banneton directly. Retard for 9 hours.

Preheat the oven at 250°C/482°F. Score and spritz the dough then bake straight from the fridge at 250°C/482°F with steam for 20 minutes then without steam for 25 minutes more or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 208°F. Let it cool for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing.

 

 

This loaf has a moderately open crumb. Its crust is particularly thin and crispy because of the milk fat. The cheese also gives the crumb a pleasantly chewy mouthfeel. 

 

Err isn't this kind of scary looking...? 

 

The coffee flavor is rather subtle in this bread. It acts as a complement to the quinoa, intensifying its nuttiness. The savory taste of provolone, sweetness of grains and sourness of coffee & SD contribute to a well-rounded sensory profile. 

 

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Korean Gochujang stir fried chueng fun with tuna & Blue Stilton

 

Garlicky capellini with brussel sprouts, mushrooms and shrimps

 

Pork, water chestnut & scallion dumplings in seaweed Jinhua ham broth

 

Scallion & Provolone pancakes with tuna cream cheese

 

Greek moussaka x Italian lasagna (pressure cooked pulled lamb in spiced tomato sauce, noodle sheets, sliced eggplants & cream cheese)

 

Homemade pork sausage in porcini mushroom gravy, with sautéed brussel sprouts and Pecorino masa “polenta”

 

Thai yellow chicken curry, glass noodles with shrimp oil, caramelized kabocha squash, tomatoes & scallops, shrimp paste sautéed assorted mushrooms and cabbages, and plain steamed Thai rice

 

Scallion white, garlic, sesame, seaweed & Provolone pizza with a wasabi honey glaze (SD scallion green crust)

 

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