This is very much my own formula adaptation, but it takes its inspiration from Daniel Leader’s lovely book “Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers”, see pp. 158 – 161. Leader credits Armandio Pimenta, who has a bakery in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, as the source for his formula. My effort does not use the same refreshment regime, nor does it rely on hot water at the mixing stage. Leader has a photograph of his loaf in the plates between pages 84 and 85 of my edition; the loaves I baked compare well, although I made 2 Miche, scaled at just over 1700g, where Leader’s recipe produces 1 loaf, slightly smaller at 1195g.
Here is the detail:
Rye Sour Refreshment
Dark Rye [g]
Thursday 22nd March
Friday 23rd March
I made this on the Saturday morning, beginning the mixing at 06:00
Formula [% of flour]
1. Rye Sourdough
Bacheldre Organic Dark Rye Flour
2. Final Dough
Rye Sourdough [from 1.]
Shipton Organic Light Rye 
Marriage’s Organic Strong Flour
% pre-fermented flour
% overall hydration
% wholegrain flour
plus 50% @ 0.997 ash
- Mix the sourdough, water and flours using a hook attachment, for 4 minutes on first speed, scraping down the bowl as needed. Autolyse for half an hour. Add the salt and mix 1 minute on first speed and 5 minutes on second speed, scraping down the bowl as required. DDT 26°C.
- Bulk ferment for 2½ hours.
- Scale the paste using wet hands into 2 pieces and shape round. Rest 15 minutes and prepare 2 bannetons dusted generously with dark rye flour. Re-shape the dough pieces and place smooth-side up into the bannetons.
- Final proof 1 hour.
- For baking, pre-heat the oven to 280°C for one hour. Tip the loaf directly onto the hearth stone, apply steam and bake without the fan for 15 minutes at 250°C. Drop the heat to 200°C, switch to convection and bake out for 50 minutes.
- Cool on wires
This is the dough at the end of bulk proof:
Finished Loaf, Crust and Crumb Shots:
We enjoyed one of these loaves with our dinner with friends last night. The depth of flavour from the sourdough was intense; it was an accompaniment to avocado, served with the biggest prawns I have ever seen. Munching on more of this bread with a salad for lunch today and I noted the sour flavour was much less pronounced, allowing more subtle flavours to come through; much improved to my taste. The crumb is moist, but not overly so, and wonderfully easy to chew on.
The first loaf stood up tall in the oven, even though the formula uses over 72% rye flour. I used Organic white bread flour at 11.6% protein, not High Gluten flour. I should have delayed shaping the second loaf, as the long bake time meant this loaf was over-proved when it came to bake. I’ve photographed the best-looking loaf, although the crumb shots come from the over-proved one.
We love this bread; such an eating treat for us for the rest of the week. The Market beckons; this means I have plenty of baking to do this week.
All good wishes