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Pearl barley in bread. Raw or cooked

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Damp Patch

Pearl barley in bread. Raw or cooked

I heard that pearl barley is good added to a seeded bread. Can anybody tell me if the pearl barley needs cooking before adding to the dough?

Thanks!

Damp Patch

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Mini Oven

3 cups of water to 1 cup of barley in about 10 to 15 minutes.  That might make a big difference if little moisture is available in the dough to soften raw barley while baking.  Maybe a good soaking is good enough.  

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Damp Patch

Thanks Mini Oven,

Does that chage the hydration of the bread. Will i need to use less water when making the dough?

 

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Mini Oven

you should be alright.  Think of them as adding chopped nuts.  You will know more when you add them to the rest of the dough.  You can hold back a little water and correct if needed while mixing or stirring.  A good suggestion if the recipe doesn't call for the barley.  If you add a large amount of pearl barley, be sure to add a little more salt.