I was really inspired by Tim's Meteorite bread.. and decided to try one myself, this weekend.
Here is Tim's blog post, if you have not seen it.
The original inspiration came from Farine..
Tim's bread looks great, I don't think mine came out looking as good... I wanted to make sure that I had a great dark color so modified the recipe *liberally* by adding coffee and molassas.
Once I had the goopy mess out of the fridge and divided it into two... I got a little scared it would spread so much that it would not fit on the baking stone! So I put one of the loaves in a dutchoven. The other loaf was done on the baking stone. Also, I wanted a cratered look to it... so in the spirit of the whole project, we picked a few small rocks from the garden, washed and sterilzed them. Then pushed the rocks(well oiled) down into the dough while it was proofing, and took the rocks out before baking, since I did not want explosions in the oven. Deciding we wanted a little variation in color, I sprinked a little flour over the surface.
As you can see from the pics, it came out plenty dark.. and has a great semi-sweet old fashioned flavor. I was totally ready for this bread to taste terrible and had a nice surprise. Note: my wife and I were giggling about making this bread the whole time, we worked on it. And since the recipe was modified so much, we decided to name it -- Pain Météore
Here is the highly modified recipe:
300 grams King Arthur AP flour
300 grams Stone-Buhr WW flour
120 grams Sour Dough 100% hydration
300 grams Water
300 grams Coffee (cold)
1/4 cup - 75grams Molasses un-sulphered
8 grams Yeast Active Dry
12 grams Salt Sea Salt
1. Mix all ingredients
2. Stretch and Fold 4 times over the next 1.5 hours
3. Chill overnight
4. Divide loaves in two
5. Placed rocks in the dough
6. Let proof for an hour
7. Pull the rocks out
8. Bake.. 500 degrees for 40 minutes.
What a goopy mess!
Putting some rocks in the dough, what was I thinking???
Ready to Bake
The Finished Loaf
The second loaf... baked on a stone
The crumb shot
Have fun, if you decide to try this... and make sure you take the rocks out before baking!
Oh... and I promised my wife and daughter I would do more serious baking tomorrow!