Five Grain Bread from Hamelman's "Bread"
Wow! If you ever want to try a WONDERFUL straight dough multigrain bread. I strongly recommend the 5 grain bread from Hamelman.
I needed a straight dough, and needed to bake today to relieve some stress. It was worth the effort to round up the ingredients that I didn't already have. This bread came out of the oven a few minutes ago, and I'm delighted. It was to make 3 1.5 lb loaves. Even though I weighed the ingredients, I came out with 5 lbs of dough, so I made 4 2-oz rolls with the extra 1/2 lb of dough I had after forming the loaves. Yeah, I know, only 3 rolls in the picture. How do you think I know how good the bread came out?
Aside from ending up with great bread, I learned a lot from making this bread. This was my first bread using a soaker, and I was afraid it wasn't wet enough, as the soaker quickly absorbed all the water (soaker is corn meal, wheat bran, rolled oats and flax seeds). I felt like this was an improvement in my shaping and slashing techniques, though I still have plenty of room for improvement. I proofed two loaves in brotforms (the round and one oval) and the other in a cotton tea towel I had floured and rigged to provide some support to the sides of the loaf. Next time, I'll keep a little closer eye on it and either tent or lower the heat, as it 's a bit more brown crust that I'd like for the main loaves, especially the round loaf that was on the top shelf of the oven. This is definately a bread I'll make again.
I'll post a photo of the crumb after I cut the big loaf tomorrow morning for breakfast for the kids!