Another new creation
Forgive the bad photos; they were taken at 5 a.m. with my cell phone. I wanted some pictures before I devoured the stuff. This is a rustic course wheat loaf. It is easy to make, and packed full of great wheaty flavor.
Here is my recipe for anyone who wants to try it:
Bread / all purpose flour: 400 grams
Whole wheat flour: 50 grams
Cracked wheat berries: 30 grams
Wheat bran: 20 grams
Water: 350 grams
Salt: 10 grams
Yeast: 2 grams
1. Combine whole wheat flour, bran, and wheat berries in a bowl. Add 330 grams of water. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
2. Add white flour. Mix completely, then cover and let sit 30 minutes.
3. Mix salt with 10 grams of water to dissolve. Mix yeast with 10 grams of water to dissolve. Do this during the autolyse period, so the yeast will be fully active and hungry. At the end of 30 minutes, it will have a nice smell and be ready to go into the dough.
4. Squeeze yeast water and salt water into dough until combined.
5. Knead until elastic, about 10 minutes.
6. Place in lightly oiled bowl, cover, and bulk ferment for two hours, giving a stretch and fold every half hour.
7. After two hours, shape the loaf. Proof 1 1/2 to two more hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with your stone in the second from bottom position.
8. Place dough on peel, or on parchment and a peel, slash as you wish, and spritz the top with water. Put your loaf in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 450 degrees. Bake with steam for 15 minutes.
9. Open the oven to remove the steam, and turn the oven down to 400 degrees. Rotate the bread so it browns evenly, and cook another 18-22 minutes, until the bottom is hard and sounds hollow when you knock on it.
10. Let your loaf cool at least 2 hours before cutting into it.
Enjoy, and please post your results so I can know if the recipe is universally good.