Long time, no see, TFL.
In summary I've been away, coping with a hefty workload and tending to personal matters. Of course, I continued baking---a tendency I doubt will be curbed or abandoned. Why's that? Because baking is my stress-reliever. (I'm sure many homebakers can relate.)
Without further ado, I present to you my latest experiment: Cumin Walnut Cheese Rye Sourdough Bread.
Believe it or not, this loaf (it's not a muffin, I assure you) was supposed to be Franko's 68% Rye Bread with Pumpkin Seeds.
*Lowers head in shame.*
Out of necessity and/or experimentation, I substituted the high-gluten flour with all-purpose flour, the pumpkin seeds with toasted walnuts, the caraway seeds with ground cumin, ommitted the non-diastatic malt powder, and incorporated smoked scamorza (i.e., an Italian cheese) into the dough.
In addition to the substitutions, I prepared an overnight soaker by combining the all-purpose flour and a portion of the iced water. (Anybody familiar with Txfarmer's 36+ hours sourdough baguettes?) According to my hypothesis, the hydrated soaker will develop its gluten matrix, amplify its sweetness, and strengthen the final dough.
What resulted was a soupy dough, forcing me to abandon my original recipe and producing another on spot. While panicking, I processed several scenarios in my mind until a light bulb popped over my head:
"I'll pour the batter into tins!"
After pouring the batter-like dough into four separate tins, another idea sprung into my head. I liberally sprinkled ground walnuts atop---so much that a good sum didn't adhere to the dough.
Oh, what a waste...
I'm so, so glad it worked out---much better than I anticipated. Now, before I describe the flavours, let me bestow to you the reasonings behind the selected ingredients.
Walnuts pair well with rye. Caraway also pairs well with rye, but I felt cumin would better complement the walnuts. (Compared to caraway, cumin is more citrusy and pungent in flavour.) I've witnessed others on TFL add dried fruits to their walnut breads but I sought a savoury loaf. Thus, I specifically chose smoked scamorza, a semi-soft Italian cheese, for its milky, faintly sweet, and assertive smoky flavours, as well as its suberb melting quality.
Summarized flavour profile:
Harbouring the distinct aroma of cumin, the unusually soft crumb tasted slightly sweet and mildly savoury (i.e., buttery and nutty), punctuated by a faint but pleasant tang. Further, such flavours were accompanied by a creamy and cool mouthfeel. My overall rating: Pretty darn good for a batter bread.
For those who are interested, you may find the recipe below:
Rye Sourdough Starter
- Medium rye flour [407 g]
- Mineral water [407 g]
- Rye sourdough starter, 100% hydration [27 g]
- All-purpose flour, Unbleached, Enriched [262 g]
- Mineral water, Iced [ 205 g]
- Rye sourdough starter [740 g]
- Soaker [413 g]
- Medium rye flour [123 g]
- Whole walnuts, Toasted [104 g]
- Smoked scamorza, Grated [93 g]
- Sea salt [15 g]
- Whole cumin, Ground [6 g]
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Unsalted butter
- Whole walnuts, Untoasted, Ground
Total Baker's Percentages
- Flour [100%]
- Medium rye flour [68%]
- All-purpose flour [32%]
- Mineral water [76%]
- Whole walnuts, Toasted [14.4%]
- Sea salt [2%]
- Cumin, Ground [0.8%]
- Smoked scamorza, Grated [13%]
- Mix starter ingredients; rest at room temp. for approx. 12 hours
- Mix soaker ingredients; chill for approx. 12 hours
- Mix starter, soaker, and medium rye flour; hand-knead for 5 minutes
- Add salt to dough; hand-knead for 5 minutes
- Add ground cumin and toasted walnuts to dough; hand-knead for 3 minutes
- Add grated scamorza to dough; hand-knead for 2 minutes
- Apply olive oil to bowl; pour dough into oiled bowl
- Bulk ferment for 30 - 45 minutes
- Butter tins
- Pour dough into buttered tins
- Proof for 30 - 45 minutes
- Sprinkle ground walnuts atop
- Bake at 230C / 446F (convection off) for 10 minutes, with steam
- Bake at 210C / 410F (convection on) for 30 - 40 minutes, without steam (rotate loaves every 10 minutes)
- Cool at minimum for 1 hour
Want to know what I've been baking the past few weeks? Well, thankfully, you can scroll down to find out (sorry, only crumbshots).
Ontbijtkoek (Dutch-Belgian Breakfast Cake)
Cocoa Chocolate Coffee Sourdough Bread
Palm Sugar Financiers (French Almond Cakes)
Whole Wheat Multi-Seed Sourdough Batard
As always, critiques and suggestions are welcomed.
Farewell for now everybody. Wish you all the best and have a happy baking. :)