Lucy went back to a more simple recipe this week that had some overlooked ingredients of late hoping to take her sprouted grains baking in another direction. As it turned out, the only ingredient we don’t use often in this bake was the hazelnuts – the 2nd most overlooked nut in breads after pistachios.
It is such a hassle cracking both for breads and I do admit that Lucy is pretty lazy but still, we should try them in bread more often. The simple part pf this bread was that there were only 2 sprouted grains used and only 2 total for this bread – a new leaf being turned over perhaps? Probably not .
Per our usual we chucked the sifted out bran from the sprouted grain flour into the levain but only for the 3rd build. It turned out that the 25 week retarded rye sour starter was not only the last of that vintage but also very week and it has been cold at 65 F in the kitchen..
We noticed that it was a little slow last week but had another batch of rye sour that had been retarded 12 weeks ready to go so we put some of that in for the 3rd build as well and upped the time for the 3rd build from 4 to 8 hours making the total levain build 16 hours. All the builds were done on a heating pad because of the cold .
Because we got a late start with the levain due to not getting the sprouting started on time we didn’t have any time to retard the built levain like we normally would. We also noted that the sprouting took 20% more time due to the cold too.
Since we were short on time and it was colder we upped the pre-fermented flout 40% for this weeks bake to get a bit more sour and speed since the bulk ferment in the fridge was going to be cut from 21 to 14 hours – no sense sacrificing sour for less time if it can be helped.
We did out usual 1 hour autolyse of the dough flour and water with the pink Himalayan sea salt sprinkled on top. Once the levain hit the mix we did 4 sets of 30 slap and folds on 30 minute intervals and 2 sets of 4 stretch and folds on 45 minute intervals where the nuts and seeds were incorporated on the first set of stretch and folds.
Once the last stretch and folds were done we formed a boule with stretch and folds and put the dough in an oil lined stainless bowl and covered in plastic wrap for a 1 hour bulk ferment on the counter on a heating pad before being placed into the fridge for the 14 hour retard.
Once the dough came out of the fridge we let in warm up on the heating pas for 2 hours flipping it over once before pre-shaping and final shaping into a batard and being placed into a rice floured, cloth lined basket for a 2 hour final proof in a trash can liner on the heating pad.
Squash pie with media Creama.
The dough was un-molded onto parchment on a peel slashed 3 times and slid onto the bottom stone at 450 F with mega steam for 15 minutes of steam. Once the steam came out we turned the oven down to 425 F convection this time and continued baking for 15 more minutes until the bread thumped done.
Sourdough English Muffin, Swiss Cheese, Egg and Sausage Sandwich.
It sprang and bloomed well and browned up nicely after the steam came out to the lovely yellowish, brown color only durum, in this case Kamut, can give you. It is a nice looking loaf of bread. Can’t wait to see then inside and taste this bread – but it ahs to cool first.
For a 50% whole grain bread with this many add ins, the crumb came out very open, glossy, soft and moist. A real rt to say the least. It was sour yet full flavored because of the sprouted flour, seeds and nuts . This will make a great sandwich bread sometime tomorrow!. Our daughter got engaged last weekend and with Thanksgiving coming up this next week we will be busy.Lucy and i send out best to you and yours.
SD Levain Build
25 Week Retarded Rye Sour
12 Week Retarded Rye Sour
22 % Ext. Sprouted Kamut and Wheat
78% Extraction Sprouted Kamut and Wheat
Total Dough Flour
Total Flour w/ Starter
Total Add Ins
Hydration with Starter
% Whole & Sprouted Grain
Don't forget a salad with those smoked ribs and chicken thighs
Here is the whole Pumpkin Pie as it came out of the oven!