Continuing our experiment with 1% SD seed and long counter top ferment and proofing we tried out several new ideas with this bake. The average kitchen temperature over the 24 hours was 77 F degrees.
First we upped the whole grains to 17.5% to try to improve the flavor and sour further and we changed to prunes and brazil nuts, one of Andy’s favorite combination that we like very much, while keeping the pumpkin and sunflower seeds. We added a bulgar scald to improve the flavor and texture of the bread and also upped the hydration slightly to compensate for the slightly more whole grains.
We combined and mixed everything except the nuts, fruits, seeds and bulgar scald and let it autolyse for 30 minutes. Then we did 13 minutes of French Slap and folds before adding in the rest of the ingredients and doing another 2minutes if slap and folds to incorporate the add ins.
The dough was then left on the counter top for 21 hours to ferment and develop. We learned from out last bake that 20 hours was better with another 4 hours on the counter after shaping to proof. But we didn’t get up in time so we have what we have – just like always - no worries.
We shaped and panned this bread as a loaf this time with a few seeds on top and let it proof for 4 hours on the counter before going into the 450 F oven with 2 of Sylvia’s steaming pans to steam for 12 minutes. At the 12 minute mark the steam was removed and the oven was turned down to 425 F, convection this time.
It baked for another 10 minutes after being turned 180 degrees after 5 minutes and removed from the pan. When it registered 205 F we turned the oven off and let the loaf crisp for 10 minutes before being removed from the oven to the cooling rack. This bread tastes as amazingly sour as the fig and pistachio bread did but it has a deeper flavor thanks to the bulgar scald and the extra whole grains. The crust was so crunchy and stayed that way even after it cooled - very nice. The crumb is not as open as the previous bake but it is just as soft and moist. We also like the extra seeds with the fruit and nuts too. Much better bread all the way around.
SD Desem & Rye Sour
Levain % of Total
T. Dough Hydration
Whole Grain %
Hydration w/ Adds
Add - Ins
Red Multi-grain Malt
White Multi-grain Malt
Add Ins - Nuts Fruits and Seeds
Sunflower 20, Pumpkin 20
SFSD Total Weight