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PiPs Walnut and Sage 100% Whole Wheat.

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dabrownman

PiPs Walnut and Sage 100% Whole Wheat.

I didn't want to cut into it. Not then. I thought that there might be something purple or green or both inside. It could easily have been a purple people eater or even something much, much worse. I had to wait until the morning light - didn't want to be crippled by darkness if it was something horrible ........and emerged very hungry. I would have needed every advantage to escape if it had attacked. I contained it in a brown paper bag so it stayed nice and comfy, unperturbed...... and had no reason to attack anyone ......until it was too late......and the bread knife struck when it was least expected. Sleep well my friends in bread. We dealt with this purple menace on the morrow.  We lived through the night.

The brown bag containment field worked overnight I am pleased to say and once under the bread knife, it was purple after all!!! The cell phone camera just doesn't do it justice. This is one handsome round of bread and the smell is unique but nice as well. Even when using the home ground whole meal wheat berries, the crumb is not dense, but slightly open, soft and moist too. The home grown sage comes through well and the walnuts, which I thought would be too many and too much, are also very tasty and in balance. What a great concoction Phil has pulled from his Hulking bag of tricks!  Have had it plain, toasted and with goat cheese this morning and it just grows on you subtely. Before you know it - its nearly gone - but I did freeze half of it. I cut your formula in half and got a small round. It didn't spring as much as I thought it would in the cast iron enameled pot I used but I think the pot was too big and I should have used a smaller one. It did rise well in the basket during final proof. I did let it go 1 and 3/4 hours instead of the 1 hour in Phils formula until it passed the poke test. This is a sophisticated, fined and elegant yet rustic kind of bread that is in a new class - the purple one.....a bread that people want to eat. Very nice indeed Phil.

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gmagmabaking2's picture
gmagmabaking2

That loaf looks very nice and healthy... the walnuts in there look spectacular~!

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dabrownman

is a killer and purple - a twofer.  Thanks, I'm getting to be a better breadmaker....slowly.

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dabrownman

is so good I had it for lunch yesterday as a white cheddar, grilled chicked, grilled cheese sandwich.  Yummy  PiPs is a master!

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isand66

I can smell it all the way from my trip to North Carolina

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dabrownman

very aromatic bread.  Maybe not as aromatic as Shiao-Ping's Semolina Turmeric Orange bread but close.  Both of those are on my top 5 list.

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teketeke

 Looks very nice, dabrownman!    Sage and walnut-paste with goat cheese. very nice !

  Happy baking!

Akiko

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dabrownman

is one of the very best breads I have ever had - anywhere.  We will have to try it with yeast water Akiko !

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PiPs

Hey dabrownman,

Great lunch ... and what a fine looking bread you have with it :) Your version looks delicious ... I am missing this bread in our house already ... with all those walnuts and walnut oil it's gotta be the most expensive bread I make!

Yeah, you will need to adjust the proof times and watch the dough and not the clock ... my doughs do seem to proof very quickly ... its warm here and my starters are very well loved :)

Doughs like this with lots of bits and pieces I tend to bake sooner than later ... even to the point of being slightly underproved. They need all the help they can get to spring ... oh and a really hot oven to begin with. Bang, up it goes, then back the oven temp down. Cast iron dutch ovens are great for this.

So happy you liked the bread.

Cheers,
Phil

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dabrownman

Just to make you wish you had some more here is how I had it for lunch today.  Dijon mustard, stuffed grilled chicken supreeze - sliced thin, ancient white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and, of course, sliced avocado.  Chips, picked; peppers, onions and cucumbers and nice fresh carrots round out a fine lunch inspired by some of the best bread on any planet.

Really nice bread Phil!