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Mixed Flour SD Boule

inlovewbread's picture

Mixed Flour SD Boule

I'm calling this "Mixed Flour" because I used a lot of different flours. I wanted to see if I could get the characteristics I wanted in the crumb by adjusting just the flours. It seemed to have worked, so here's what I used:

Again (It's a family/personal favorite :-)), I was following Susan's Simple Sourdough formula. Only hers doesn't call for so many flours!

50g Firm Starter (mine is 50% hydration composed of 10% rye and 90% AP)

205g Water

100g AP Flour (I used Wheat Montana)

100g Bread Flour (KA Bread Flour)

25g Durum Flour (also King Arthur)

25g Hard Red Whole Wheat (home-milled wheat berries)

50g Hard White Whole Wheat (home-milled wheat berries)

6g Salt (I used Hawaiian Sea Salt)

Method: Mix all by hand, rest 30 min. S+F three times at hour intervals. Let rise until double. Pre-shape, rest 15 min, shape. Into brotform and retard overnight. Out of fridge 2 hours, score and bake @450 covered for 20 min., uncovered for 20 more and 5 min in shut-off oven w/ door open.

Whew- that's quite the mishmash of flour, I know, but it tasted really good. I used the whole wheat because I want to start transitioning everything over to 100% whole wheat, but have to do it gradually. I also have tons of wheat berries that I need to use instead of buying more flour from the store! Not to mention the extra nutrition.

The reason I used the Durum is because I like the buttery flavor it lends to the bread and it seems to balance out the whole wheat flavor when added with freshly ground whole wheat. I've tried this in a couple of other things and it seems to neutralize that "earthy" flavor or any "bitter" tones from the hard red I suppose. 

And as for the 50/50 of AP and Bread flour- I like a mix of the really chewy/shiny crumb (from the BF) and a bit of "fluffyness" from the AP. The crumb: creamy/ buttery/ wheaty. 








Paddyscake's picture

Beautiful boule, scoring, crust and crumb. I do love the mix of flours. You did a great job.


hutchndi's picture

Really nice job. I used to keep a variety of flours on hand to experiment with, I think this thread has given me the urge to start up again...

SylviaH's picture

I bet it has a wonderful flavor.  Beautiful!


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Mebake's picture

Correction i love ur spiral scoring technique... got to try it someday...! in which case this weekend :P



LindyD's picture

Nice crust, nice crumb.  Well done!

weavershouse's picture

Very nice and I like your choice of flours, I bet it tasted great.


farina22's picture

What a gorgeous loaf! Can you describe your scoring technique? Thanks.


Marni's picture

Picture perfect!


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inlovewbread's picture

Thanks! The scoring was done with a lame and I just started at the top middle and went out in a spiral. I don't know how else to describe it....tried to hold the lame at a 30 degree angle or so to make the crust lift upwards.

Let me know if you try it- post pictures :-) I'd actually be interested to see if others have better luck with this style of scoring.

Susan's picture

Great job.  I love your scoring!

Susan from San Diego