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I have been baking at my parents' home where I have access to one Le Creuset DO and one vintage aluminum DO. Bake after bake, the loaf baked in the aluminum DO has inferior rise and oven spring. Heat retention really does make a difference (at least that's what I have been finding). Both of these loaves are 50% whole grain and followed the exact same fermentation process, but the loaf on the right has superior spring. 

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Recipe from Artisan Bryan. Warning - this recipe makes an epic amount! I got 17 120-gram buns. 

I added orange zest to the dough and cinnamon to the topping. I would definitely recommend adding orange zest to the dough as it really added a nice element. 

The recipe is a bit strange in that it instructs you to just squeeze all of the main dough ingredients until they come together. I really feel I should have kneaded the dough very well as is usually instructed in brioche style doughs, but they taste very nice. 



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I decided to make two loaves using my typical flour mix: 50% KABF, 25% whole wheat, and 25% freshly milled spelt.

One loaf used almond milk instead of water and I added cinnamon, chocolate chips, and pecans during the lamination stage.

The second loaf added roasted red peppers, capers, garlic, pesto, pepperoncini, and cheddar cheese cubes during lamination. 

I'm using a new fridge that seems to run warm so I need to work towards getting the dough in the fridge later in the evening. I think these loaves are getting over proofed during the overnight cold proof. 

Neither loaf is a lot to look at, but boy do they taste good! 

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I'd tried Danny's Approachable Loaf community bake twice and my husband really liked it (I think I still prefer free-form), but I wasn't happy with my tin-baking experience. The loaves just wouldn't get crisp on the sides and the bottom and despite oiling of the tin I'd still need to cut the loaf out of it. I tried baking in a tin using parchment paper this time and the loaf came out with a much better crust on the sides and bottom! I'm pretty proud of this one since I didn't have a scale so I just estimated flour, water, and salt amounts by feel. I didn't measure, but it was some combination of freshly milled spelt and Redeemer wheat. 

Instead of letting the dough proof overnight in the fridge, I just did about 5 hours in the fridge and it resulted in a much prettier loaf. I didn't score it. 

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I'm baking away from home with different flours, but I decided to just try and make something using 60% whole grains (a hodgepodge mix of rye, white whole wheat, and einkorn). I used 1000g of flour total and about 85% hydration, adding turmeric and sautéed onions. I made one loaf on the slightly smaller side and then the other loaf ended up weighing 1.3kg!! I didn't have a lame, or a sharp knife, so I tried to let the loaves open on their own. The smaller one opened nicely, but the "miche" rose but didn't crack. I think I overproofed these. 

The loaves are hideous, but it's a nice soft crumb and my first time baking with 60% whole grains. Still better than supermarket bread!

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Across the board these have not been my most attractive bakes, but they've gotten the job done. It's also been interesting to try a lot of new recipes and to use some different flours as I'm now away from home and without my MockMill. I wanted to share the recipes I used in case anyone else is looking for some new recipes. 




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What a tasty bread! Not sure why, but this definitely has more of a sour tang than most of my breads and I'm loving it. Not the most open crumb, but I think it's solid given that the loaf if 50% whole grains. 

  • 20% freshly milled hard red winter wheat
  • 25% freshly milled spelt
  • 5% rye
  • 50% KABF
  • 2% salt
  • 85% hydration
  • 10% starter
  • 1 cup roasted carrots chopped
  • sprinkling of black sesame seeds 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder 


11:00 AMFinal Levain Build  
3:00 PMAutolyse  
3:30 PMAdd levain and extra water and 100x slap and fold  
 rest for 20 minutes  
4:00 PMAdd salt/tumeric and extra water water and 100x slap and fold  
4:30 PMCoil fold  
5:00 PMLamination on misted counter adding carrots and sesame seeds  
 2 sets coil folds in Pyrex  
8:30 PMShape  
5:00 AMBake  





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I had made a tasty carrot bread with spices before and wanted to do the same, but this time I thought I'd make two separate doughs and laminate them together. I did one white dough autolysed with carrot juice and a mostly whole grain dough autolysed with water.  After autolyse, I added about 100g of shredded carrot to the carrot dough.

I added cumin/chipotle powder/coriander to one loaf during lamination and I added raisins and toasted walnuts to the other. 

These loaves didn't look like much after the bake and I was disappointed, but I'm very happy with the crumb and taste. I think this is one of the better breads I've made given that it's about 40% whole grain. The crumb is extremely soft!

20% starter (or 10% pre-fermented flour) 

Started hydration at 80% and added a bit of water along the way 


whole wheat16%
Rye calc7%
Bread flour calc61%



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My husband requested a recipe I'd made a few years back (before I got into sourdough) of kubaneh from the cookbook Golden. Since I now know a bit more about bread, I decided to make some slight changes. I didn't have time to convert to sourdough, but I did add 10% sourdough starter and added some whole wheat. It was even better than I remembered! Next time I'll convert the recipe to sourdough. This bread is baked in an 8-inch deep cake tin covered in tinfoil and the outside gets beautifully dark and caramelized. The burnt bits are the best part. Yum!


  • 250g AP flour
  • 75g whole wheat
  • 150g bread flour
  • 350g water
  • 3/4 tsp active yeast
  • 50g starter
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 60g light brown sugar


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g butter
  • honey

I mixed the dough for a good long while and then allowed it to roughly double (2 hours). You then divide the dough into 7-8 pieces and place on a tray covered in olive oil. Take each piece of dough, place about 10g of butter in the center, form into a ball, and place into buttered tin. Drizzle the top with honey I then let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before placing in the fridge overnight. I baked in the morning - 30m at 425, 30m at 400, 30m at 350 and then leave the dough in the turned-off oven for 1 hour before eating. 

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I had some bananas sitting around and was inspired by a banana sourdough post from Trailrunner. I'd also been itching to make another chocolate sourdough, so I decided to make the two doughs and laminate the two together. I found it pretty hard to develop the gluten in the banana dough (which uses almost no water and just bananas for hydration), so I won't be surprised if this is a dense loaf. One loaf looks quite pretty from the outside, the other is a lovable mutant with bumps and lumps. 


 Chocolate DoughBanana Dough
Whole Wheat7575
Cocoa powder18 
YW Levain5050
Ripe Banana Puree 410
Date Syrup3535
Chocolate Chips225 
12:30 PM30 min autolyse 
1:00 PMadd levain - 75 s&f 
 add salt - 75 s&f 
 stretch and fold 
 laminate and add chocolate chips 
 coil fold 
 coil fold 
7:00 PMshape 
8:00 AMbake 



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