The past few weeks have been busy with work, the holidays, and travel. As a result, I didn't have much time to bake. Last week, I received a copy of Tartine No. 3, which I think was a not-so-subtle hint from my family to start baking again. I decided to make something with rye flour after I found a few pounds of ancient rye flour sitting in the back of the pantry – Wheat Rye 10% it was!
I’m finally getting the hang of baking by feel, rather than strictly following any recipe. Thus, the Tartine recipe became more of guideline. I ended up using the following:
250g white whole wheat flour
275g bread flour
60g rye flour
I let it bulk ferment in my chilly kitchen for about 7 hours, then shaped it and let it proof in the refrigerator overnight. Once it warmed up after a few hours at room temperature in the morning, I baked it to 200F. Baking it to 200 was recommended in the comments to my last post and I’m so glad I took the advice!
Another thing I really enjoy about trying a new loaf is making the same loaf a day or two after making the first. The second loaf is almost always better than the first, as I can apply what I’ve learned during the first go-around.
Yesterday, I started dough with the same proportions above. An hour into the bulk ferment, I also added in:
50g flaxseeds (coarsely ground), soaked in 90g of hot water and cooled
75g toasted sesame seeds
70g toasted sunflower seeds
This time, I let the dough bulk ferment for 4 hours or so on the counter, then finish in the refrigerator overnight. I waited until the morning to shape and proof it, which I’ve generally found to be successful. This loaf turned out incredibly and will definitely be one that I make frequently.