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marlnock

Seeking a recipe for Alex's Wuppertaler bread (rye and potato- no wheat)

Hi all,


I have recently come across a delicious bread called Alex's Wuppertaler bread.


The ingredients listed are


- Sour rye dough balm
- Bread making rye flour
- Salt
- Potato
- Olive oil (cholesterol free)
- Herbs and spices
- Water added


It's a lovely bread but comes all the way from Melbourne and i would love to know if anyone has any recipes with similar ingredients to this one that i could give a try


Cheers

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hansjoakim

My favourite things (but no apple tart this time)

I recently dusted off my old John Coltrane records, and I've been listening to them pretty much non-stop this weekend. Coltrane's one of those artists that I listen to intensely for weeks on end, before I need to pause, put the records down, and breathe a sigh of relief. For me, the intensity of the music itself seems to induce this kind of listening. Even though I'm generally partial to the fire and cinder of his late Impulse! records, "Giant Steps" is probably the record that's closest to my heart. Not only was it the first Trane record I bought, but it also opened my eyes to so much timeless music. It was also the soundtrack to a great, great summer...


After a rough week, I decided to indulge in baking some of "my favourite things". The first was a pain au levain, a bread that I never tire of. It's also one of those formulas that easily fit into my weekday routine. Here's my formula.


I mixed the dough Friday afternoon, and pulled the baked bread from the oven Saturday morning:


Pain au levain


I really like the simplicity of the bread and formula. A crisp crust and a chewy crumb - it's a bread that's flavourful enough to be enjoyed on its own, with some butter, or a slice of Brie de Meaux.


Pain au levain crumb


 


I've mentioned it before, and it's probably not something I'm the only one to think, but as the autumn and winter approach us, my preference swings towards wholesome breads. July's crusty baguette is replaced by a dense, filling rye come late October. Yesterday I baked a dense rye loaf based on Hamelman's "80% rye sourdough with rye flour soaker". I made some small changes to the formula, and you can find my adaption described here.


This is a dense, 80% whole rye bread, where a third of the flour comes from a ripe rye sourdough, and a fifth of the flour is scalded with boiling water. The scalding process increases water absorption, provides the bread with just a hint of sweetness, and lends the crumb a soft and moist mouthfeel. Here's the baked bread:


80% rye with rye flour soaker


... and a "24 hour later crumb shot":


80% rye with rye flour soaker crumb


Just what I'm looking for this time of year.


As the title of the blog post warns: There are no apple tarts this week. I hope all's not lost, and that there's still room for Sunday dinner... Another favourite of mine is quiche. I'm not sure if what I made yesterday qualifies as a quiche - according to Robuchon, there's no onion nor grated Gruyère in a proper quiche lorraine. Adding grated Gruyère is supposedly something the posh Parisians did - and the onion? Well, if you put onion in there, it's an onion tart. It's a minefield, I know, so I'll call this my favourite Sunday bacon-and-onion tart. Below's the mise en place: Prebaked tart shell, a custard (in the white bowl, center-top), cooked onion and bacon, and Gruyère. I like a crisp tart crust, and due to the rather liquid filling, I try to give the tart shell a full 20 mins. prebake before filling it.


Quiche mise en place


Voila! Here's the tart after 35 mins in the oven:


Quiche


Bon appetit!


Quiche

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GSnyde

Giants' Victory Babka

Sports fans are notoriously superstitious.  Whatever they do on the day of a big win somehow becomes the cause of that win, and must be repeated in order to assure the next win.  So, I guess I have to bake Babka again today, Tuesday and Wednesday or the Giants are bound to face defeat.  Well...if they don't make it to the World Series, I'll take the blame cuz one Babka bake is enough for now. Yesterday, my first attempt at Babka (Chocolate-Cinnamon-Pecan) led to a thrilling one-run win in the Giants first NLCS game against the Phils.


Babka preparation is quite a big deal.  As Emperor Joseph II might have said to Mozart if he were a baker, there are just too many ingredients.  (No, I'm not comparing myself to Mozart; when he was my age, he'd been dead for 20 years).  Flour, yeast, salt, milk, butter, egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, grated baker's chocolate, sugar, butter, pecans, flour, sugar, butter....and butter and sugar. There are also lots of steps.  But the results are worth the effort.


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Now that I've mashed together themes from Baseball and Classical Music, here's the recipe, an adaptation from Glezer, as told by Stan Ginsburg:



Cinnamon-Chocolate-Pecan Babka (Adapted from Glezer via Stan Ginsburg)


Makes 3 loaves.


Dough Ingredients (measured in ounces)


BreadFlour 36  


WholeMilk 17.25


Unsalted butter 6.75 


Egg Yolks, large 2.5 - approximately 4 yolks


Sugar 9.75  


Instant Yeast 1.0 


Salt 0.25 


Vanilla Extract 0.65 


Ground Cinnamon  .30


Filling Ingredients 


Sugar 11.5  (1 ½ cup)


Unsweetened baker’s chocolate, grated 4.50 (1 ½ cup)


Toasted and chopped Pecans,   8.0 (2 cup)


Unsalted butter, melted (also for greasing pans)   6.00 (1 ½  stick)


Streusel Ingredients


Bread Flour 3.0


Sugar 1.50 


Unsalted butter, room temp 1.50 


Method



  1.   Warm the milk to 105-110 degrees F.  Stir instant yeast into milk. Meanwhile, melt the butter for dough and allow to cool.

  2.  Add half (18 oz) of the flour to milk and yeast and mix until smooth. Allow to ferment about 30 min, until very foamy and volume triples.

  3.  Add remaining ingredients and blend using hands. Knead in the bowl until gluten forms and dough comes away from sides of bowl. This is a very rich, slack dough and it will take time for the gluten to form, but it will happen, so be patient.

  4.  Allow to ferment 45-60 min, until more than doubled in bulk and very gassy. Grease three loaf pans with butter. Turn dough out onto a generously floured board and pat firmly  to degas. Divide the dough into six pieces (two for each loaf).

  5.  Roll the first piece of dough into a very thin sheet, preferably less than 1/4". Using a silicon mat helps. Otherwise, make sure you have enough flour on hand to prevent sticking. When you finish rolling the first sheet, brush it with melted butter and sprinkle it evenly with one sixth of the sugar,  chocolate and pecans. Roll it into a spiral, jelly-roll style. Repeat for other five pieces of dough.

  6.  Preheat your oven to 325 and set rack in lower third of oven. Twist two rolls of dough together to form a double helix, a/k/a a spiral, and arrange in the pan.  Repeat for other two loaves.  Allow to proof for 30-45 minutes, until the dough extends above the rim of the pan.

  7.  Brush top of babka with melted butter. Blend flour, sugar and softened butter into a coarse mixture and sprinkle generously on top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until loaf is a rich, dark brown and it sounds hollow when tapped with a finger. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before tapping it out onto a rack to finish cooling for an hour.

  8. After cooled, enjoy Babka during final innings of Giants' victory.


These Babkas are a delicious moist coffee cake, not too sweet.  The only change I'd make is to add cinnamon to the filling as well as the dough.


Go Giants!  Go Nuts!


Glenn

Submitted to YeastSpotting (http://www.wildyeastblog.com/category/yeastspotting/)

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Greetings to the fabulous Leolady

Greetings and welcome to Leolady, legend of the Kitchenaid forums.


This home-schooled scholar of KA arcana was for years a valuable resource to hundreds of enthusiasts at that site. The homework she did for free established a textbook library of vintage Kitchenaid stand mixers from the brand's beginnings to the present. The experts on the KA payroll routinely referred questions to her, knowing she was better-schooled than they, and always willing to share her know-how with grace and good humor to fellow obsessives and rank newcomers alike.


Devotees of the Fresh Loaf are lucky to have Leolady among them. Please join me in welcoming her and in thanking her for showing up here.


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Mebake

Yet Another Whole Wheat Multigrain! (Recipe Added)

I wanted to bake under a pyrex, and an ss bowl this time. The boule on the Right was under a pyrex bowl, and the Batard was under the stainless bowl.


My adapted recipe of Hamelman's Formula:


Total Formula:


Bread Flour: 1lb  (50%)


Whole Wheat Flour: 1lb (50%)


Mixed Grains: 5.8 oz (18%)


Water: 1lb , 10oz (78%)


Salt: 0.7 oz (1 T + 0.5Tsp) (2.2%)


Yeast: (1tsp) instant yeast (1%)


Honey: 1oz (1 T, 0.5tsp) (3%)


Levain:


Bread Flour: 3.8 oz (100%)


Water: 4.8 oz (125%)


Starter: 1.5 T (20%)


Soaker:


Grains (Cracked oates, or wheat or Rye, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds, Buckwheat): 5.8oz (100%)


Water : 6.9 oz (120%)


Salt: 0.5 tsp


Final Dough:


Bread Flour: 12.2 oz


Wholewheat Flour: 1lb


Water: 12.5 oz


Salt: 1 T


Yeast: 0.1oz  (1tsp)


Honey: (1T + 1tsp)


Soaker: All


Levain: All


 





Neat Results, but the chronic charred bottom remains a challenge i have to put up with in My gas oven.


The loaves could have used more proofing time, but i bet the premature levain i mixed in had something to do with it.


 

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Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Hello, To celebrate the Hazelnut Harvest which happens this time of year, I wanted to make some sweet rolls, using hazelnuts.

These are rolls made with Basic Sweet Dough. with Nut Filling, from Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads by Ciril Hitz.
This is a nice sweet dough recipe and includes some lemon zest for an added dimension of flavor.

Hazelnut flour was used in the filling, and the rolls were glazed (icing sugar + a decent measure of Frangelico liqueur
+ a bit of cream + a bit of pure vanilla extract + a teeny-tiny pinch of salt).


This recipe produced 12 decent-sized rolls, baked in a 9x13 pan, with some extra dough left over; 
the roll ends were baked in small ring molds.

These rolls were good and tasty (I really like the liqueur-spiked glaze!).    Regards, breadsong



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New to Sourdough !!!

Hello Everyone! Happy Weekend :) 


So I am in great need of help...I am not new to bread making and baking but am very new to sourdough...I did all the wrong things first, but after some reading and getting the mistakes out of the way. I am ready to try again :) My biggest problem is that I live in Fairbanks Alaska and my kitchen (except in the summer) is never above 65 degrees maybe ...maybe 70 if I work at it... If I store my starter in the fridge it would take at least two to three days before it would come to room temp and bubble :( I am going to start a new batch today..and am thinking of keeping it inside a glass jar covered with a cheesecloth top inside of a insulated lunch box with the lid open...I am not going to use yeast...do you think that the flour and water will work like that alone in my conditions? also any tips cold weather feeding and maybe being able to leave it out all the time? I need to bake every three days so by the time I feed and fridge and re - temp and bake its easier to just leave it out ?


Thanks Guys! any advise at all would be a blessing :) want to make the most healthy choices for my family and this type of bread is the way to go.. I have to make this work !

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fresh vs aged flour

http://www.gourmet.com/video adventures with ruth, ep 3

richard bertinet says "fresh flour is bad", and that he likes it to be at least three months old.
can someone explain the reasoning behind this.

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10/15/10 - Pain Au Levain with Scallions and Sesame Oil...

Inspired by one of Shiao-ping's early bakes...  I'll post a description shortly...  For now, here's a 360 degree view of the loaf...  It's cooling now, so I'll have to post crumbshot pics tomorrow...


Enjoy!


Tim








Recipe:


500g AP


300g Water


150g Sourdough Starter @ 100% Hydration


12g Kosher Salt


7 Scallions/Green Onions


Sesame Oil


962g Dough weight not including scalions/sesame oil.


 


Method:


10/15/10


10:00am - Feed storage sourdough starter 100g AP and 100g water, leave on counter covered.  Should increase by 50% in 2-3 hours.


12:40pm - Mix all ingredients in large bowl with wooden spoon.  When a rough dough forms, squish out all the lumps with wet hands, cover and let rest.  This should take no more than 5 minutes.


2:24pm - Stretch and fold dough in bowl, cover and let rest.


3:29pm - Stretch and fold dough in bowl, cover and let rest.


4:20pm - Stretch and fold dough in bowl, cover and let rest.


5:30pm - Stretch and fold dough in bowl, cover and let rest.


6:00pm - Wash, dry, thinly slice scallions, place in bowl and set aside.


6:30pm - Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.  Stretch dough out like a pizza.  Brush dough lightly with sesame oil, and distribute scallions on top of dough.  Roll dough into log, then with the seam side up, roll dough up into a snail.  Please seam side up in floured banneton, place into plastic bag.  Proof for 3 hrs.


9:00pm - Arrange baking stone on 2nd rack from bottom along with steam pan (loaf pan filled with lava rocks, fill halfway with water).  Preheat oven to 500F with convection.


9:45pm - Turn off convection.  Take banneton out of plastic bag, sprinkle boule lightly with flour.  Lightly flour peel.  Turn dough out onto peel, slash lengtwise (along the roll), place into oven directly on stone.  Bake 500F for 10 minutes.  After the 10 minutes, remove the steam pan, turn oven down to 450F and bake for another 35 minutes.  After, turn oven off, leave loaf in for another 10 minutes.  Cool completely before slicing and eating.


Sent to Susan @ Yeastspotting on 10/17/10


 

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