PiP's 40% Rye w/ Caraway Meets Hanseata's Seeds and a Restless dabrownman
After having such good luck with Phil's no stress recipe for 40% Rye and Caraway, I was additionally inspired by hanseata's seeded loaf's. So, I thought I would try to marry up the two and take on my requirement for more whole grain and less white flour. I was hoping that by adding some spelt and farro home ground berries to the rye replacing some of the white and adding some anise and fennel to the caraway, this new concoction would be a decent bread. Plus, another important test, I could try out for the first time my new 'double Y chicken foot' slash!!!!
I also got a new way to final prove these ill shaped breads with a new bamboo containment thing-a-majig that has some doohickey handles for the containment challenged like myself. Don't laugh. This thing, what ever it is, cost a buck. We can't sleep at night worrying about these contraptions and they are real issues for us !!! The used, so much better than new, parchment paper is the crowning achievement of getting the loaves out of the trash bag and into the oven without disfiguring oneself unnecessarily - by hot oven.
The loaves sprang nicely. The crust was crisp, crunchy yet chewy. The taste of the bread was more earthy and more to my liking as expected. The crumb wasn't quite as open as before probably due to the extra 20% whole grains in place of the white - but still OK. The slash produced a wide flatish gash where the loaf pooled through lazily. No ears - so fancy pants still needs some work before the double chicken foot slash is a keeper.
The disappointment was that I replaced some of the caraway seeds with the anise and fennel and the resulting seed taste was too slight and muddied. I was too chicken to go for a bold taste with these seeds. Don't you be !!! It would be much better just adding the same grams of anise and fennel as the caraway. I think it would be perfect that way - if it didn't kill you of course ;-)
Here are some more pics...
I really like it that you can make these breads in half a day if you have some decent rye sour built all the time. Next time, and there will be one if only the for the double Y chicken foot slashs' sake, More seeds will be boldly incorporated. I think I am still making progress.
Thanks again Phil and hanseata.