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Mark's Kalamata & Pepper Jack-Savory loaf

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Mark's Kalamata & Pepper Jack-Savory loaf

Mark's Olive loaf
Mark's Olive loaf

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Kalamata & Cheese crumb

This is my first attempt at Mark's Olive and Pepper Jack Savory loaf and I must say it was fun.
It is basically his rustic white with some olives chopped and rinsed/dried (about 15 per loaf in my version) and the cheese was 120 grams cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Both of these amounts are more than he calls for by about 30%. The Olive oil was 40 grams for the 3.1 Lb batch warmed and mixed with 1-1/2 tsp each of dry Thyme and fresh chopped Rosemary that sat over night. The oil smelled great the next day!

The morning after mixing the Biga, I mixed the pre ferment with the water and oil to sufficiently distribute the biga and then added all the flour and dry products in the final dough. I just mixed for a few minutes until the gluten started to develop. The folding will fully develop the dough over 3 hours.  Once the flour is fully incorporated I added the olives and cheese and mixed on low just until they were combined.

3 hours of ferment with folds at 1 and 2 hours and a 1.5 hour proof after shaping per Marks video. Bake at 415 for 30-35 minutes with normal steam.

I took two of these in banettons to our friends home and baked them while we waited for the ribs to be done. They were well received and everyone was amazed at the flavor depth and after taste. This is a very nice gift bread for future consideration.

I wish I lived near Montana. I would love to see how Mark does this loaf. It's a little fussy but well worth the trouble.

Eric 

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Janedo

Eric,

That looks so gooooood! A bit scary baking away from home, no?

I have been salivating over the idea of your ribs since yesterday. It is one of my favorite food. Do you have a secret recipe?

Jane 

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Yes Jane I was a little uncertain of the chances for a successful bake. Transporting the dough while fermenting and proofing in the back of my van bouncing around. I wasn't surprised that the oven spring was less than usual. Plus the home owner says she thinks the temp is cooler that the setting by 25 degrees. Lots of variables. I worked out OK but I wouldn't make a habit of it.

The ribs. Yes I do have a "Secret" recipe. I'll send you the ingredient list but the secret is in having a way to cook at 220 F in indirect heat for 3-1/2 to 4 hours. The ribs are done when they break in half when picked up with tongs from 1/3 of the way into the rack. They won't support their own weight. Then at the very end, just before I pull them off the heat, I turn up the heat to high for just a minute or so to get the outside sizzling. As I remove each rack I mop a vinegar and water mix that is heated to steaming and sprinkle fresh spices on the top of the rack. It doesn't get any better.

Eric 

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Janedo

Eric,

You know my address... send the recipe my way!!!!! You'd make me very very happy :-)

Jane 

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mcs

 I like the picture of the baked-on-oozing-out cheese.  Hey, I have a question for you.  Since you upped the olives, did you make an adjustment to the salt, or was that unnecessary?  Sometimes I can't tell if it's too salty or not; but then if you're eating an olive loaf, the olives are supposed to be salty.  Any adjustment there?
-Mark

http://thebackhomebakery.com

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Thanks Mark,

I didn't make any changes to account for the salt. I did rinse the olives and dry them on paper. That's where you loose the salty brine. If you lean on the paper towel stack to squeeze the water out I think a lot of the flavor and brine goes too. As you say one would expect them to be salty and I couldn't really taste olive except when I found a bigger piece. All the extra cheese and olives looks nice and smells really good. But, Olives are $9 per Lb and I used about 180 g worth in 30 olives if I recall. $4 of cheese in the 2 loaves. Good for home and friends.

Eric 

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kazz_42

Hi i love marks recipes and was wondering if you would share the rustic white recipe with me. My family loves the olive loaves and i have a sourdough version of it but sometimes they just want yeasted breads too, i would appreciate it greatly.

Kristen