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Green roof for a brick bread oven

November 18, 2010 - 7:34am -- carnub

Hello!


We've started to build our brick bread oven. The concrete foundation is ready and the design in place, in the Spring we'll start on the brickwork. Everything is decided apart from the roof.


Inspired by a roof topped with thyme I'd seen on Dan Lepard's website (Jack Langs?), we're considering doing something similar. The question is how to do it?

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This time, I wanted bread that brings more aroma and character of its own, something that can accompany a simple meal or to be used for a not too spiced sandwiches.


The combination of black olives and thyme is not new and since I love olives in both meals and sandwiches (depend on the dishes) I decided to have bread with it.


When I opened the fridge to get the olive paste, I saw a jar of dried tomato next to it. Olives and tomato is a good combo as well and I added the tomato paste to the mix but to keep the olive base of the bread I added only small amount of it.


Olives are very salty and call for salt reduction in the recipe. The dried tomato paste brings the acidity of the tomato in the game as well and it’s better to negate with a bit of sugar. So instead of salt reduction, I added ¼ teaspoon of yeast and ¼ teaspoon of sugar to the mix.


(The dough base is the same as the one I posted in the Baguette Attempt)


The recipe:


Preferment (15 hours in advance)


-       1 cups flour


-       2/3 cups of water


-       1/4 teaspoon yeast


The Dough:


-       2 1/4 cups flour


-       2 teaspoons yeast


-       1/2 teaspoon sugar


-       3/4 cup of water


-       1 ¾ teaspoon of salt


-       3 teaspoons of black olive paste


-       1 flat teaspoon of dried tomato paste


-       Handful of fresh thyme


Preferment was mixed the evening before and let rest for 15 hours


For the dough – mix the flour, yeast, sugar and water into a unified mixture and let rest for 20 minutes.


Add the salt, olive paste, dried tomato paste and thyme and knead for 10 minutes and let rise for 70 – 90 minutes (depending on the weather).


I made two batches of this bread. One of them I folded during the rising time and one I did not. The folded dough yielded better bread (texture) 


The result: (the colors in this pictures came out all wrong for some reason)



Until the next post


Ilan

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ehanner

This is the first recipe I baked from my new copy of Dan Lepard's "The Handmade Loaf". The book is beautifully illustrated and has breads from all over Europe that are unique and well described. The official name of this bread doesn't do justice to the ingredients list. Lurking in the list are 100g of olives and olive oil that help make the dough smooth and delicious. I thought the final dough was a touch dry, so I added a couple Tablespoons additional water. In the end I might have added a little to much but it was quite a nice dough by the time I got to the stretch and fold part.  The method calls for final shaping on a baking sheet coated with oil. I used parchment with a small amount of oil rubbed in. Dan calls for semolina or corn meal to be sprinkled on the top. That gives the bread a nice texture on the surface.


I baked this at 420F for 30 minutes and then lowered the heat to 390F when I turned the loaf for color. It was browning nicely at that point. My finished bread is quite a bit darker than the one in the book and the profile isn't as flat as shown. I did dimple the top with my fingers just before loading but I was taking care not to deflate the dough. Still, you can see by the pre-bake image, it did spring nicely.


The flavor is delicious. I would say the predominate taste is from the olives but I can taste the Thyme in the background. The Thyme may improve with time if it lasts that long. This is a keeper and I know will be a hit with the family.


This is the second bread from Mr. Lepard I have baked that tastes unique and better than the ingredients would lead you to expect. I think I am going to enjoy exploring here.


Eric






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pumpkinpapa

I made a delicious sweet focaccia with granny smith apples sprinkled with thyme and sugar. Incredible flavours coming together. It went over very well with family and friends. I think next time I will use a more tart apple.

Thyme scented apple focaccia 

I also made a wonderful strawberry rhubarb pie with a crumb topping. I love rhubarb and mine is coming along nicely in the garden.

Strawberry rhubarb pie 

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