Jasmine Tea, 50% Whole Multi-Grain SD & YW Durum Atta Bread with Wheat Germ, Flax and Chia Seeds
Boule and crumb.
We are continuing to discover a better method of summer baking in the Cuisinart mini oven. This time we tried Sylvia’s steaming method by using a 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup half full of water with a dish rag rolled up inside and microwaving it before putting it onto the preheated 500 F mini oven.
No stone was used. We think this steaming method is a good as covering the boule with a stainless mixing bowl and that both would be better with a stone.
Even though the loaf was not slashed, since we managed forget to do so, I though for sure it would split somewhere but it only cracked down one side. There wasn’t much spring - about an inch. It browned up nicely though. We love the color that durum brings to bread inside and out and about 50% of this bread was durum with the other 50% whole grains of various varieties with wheat germ and the flax ground. The whole grains overpowered the yellow color of the durum with barn on the inside though. This bread is much more about being a hearty multi-grain variety.
The only slightly unique addition to this bread was using Vietnamese 902 Green Jasmine Tea for the liquid. I just love Vietnamese jasmine tea and used one that is especially fragrant with jasmine blossoms.
The crust was nicely browned and chewy after coming out of the oven very crusty. The crumb was very moist and light and tastes very sour. It made a fine sammy and it was delicious as toast or plain. I have noticed that, if YW and SD starters are mixed from the beginning of the levain build, the bread is less sour. The boule sprang more than the loaf and the crumb was a little more open.
This bread didn’t have the usual sprouts and pumpkin or sunflower seeds (since I also forgot to put the pumpkin seeds in) we like so well, but it is a very hearty and satisfying bread to munch on – until it is gone! Formula and method follow:
The YW and SD levains were built separately this time and used 3 builds. The first 2 builds for each were 4 hours apart and the levains were refrigerated overnight at the 8 hour mark right after the 3rd build as each had already doubled.
All mixing was done by hand. The flours, ground flax seeds, wheat germ, chia seeds, salt and green tea with the salt were autolysed for 1 hour before the levains were added the next morning. After mixing the levains in completely the dough was allowed to rest for 20 minutes.
4 sets of S&F’s were done every 15 minutes. The first 2 were done on a floured surface the last 2 in a well oiled, bowl. The dough was rested in a plastic covered oiled bowl between the S & F’s. The dough was allowed to ferment and develop on the counter for 1 ½ hours before retarding in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
The dough doubled in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning the dough was divided in half and half returned to the refrigerator since it would be baked one hour after the first half. The other half was allowed to come to room temperature for 1 hour and then pre-shaped into a loaf rested 10 minutes and final shaped into a loaf and placed into a Pyrex loaf tin and allowed to proof. The other half of the dough went through the same process but shaped into a boule and placed into a rice floured basket to proof.
After an hour and half the loaf had doubled, passed the poke test and ready to bake . Sylvia’s steaming method was used with a wash rag heated in a half full Pyrex 1 cup measure in the microwave and the placed in the back of a 500 F preheated Cuisinart Mini Oven. No stone was used. The loaf was not slashed but was steamed for 12 minutes and then the steam removed and the temperature turned down to 425 F convection this time.
The bread was then rotated every 5 minutes until if reached 205 F internal and then was removed to the cooling rack with no extra crisping in an off oven. After the first 5 minutes of convection baking the loaf was removed from the Pyrex loaf pan and baked directly on the rack.
A similar process was used for the boule except it was slashed and steamed on parchment paper on the top cover of the broiling pan for the first 12 minutes and then baked at 425 F directly on the rack. The loaf took about 30 minutes of total baking time and the boule 3 minutes less.
|50% Whole Multi Grain Durum Atta with Wheat Germ, Flax and Chia Seeds|
|Mixed Starter||Build 1||Build 2||Build 3||Total||%|
|Levain % of Total||33.24%|
|Ground Flax Seed||10||2.00%|
|Whole 6 Grain Cereal||30||6.00%|
|Green Tea - 425, Water - 207.5||632.5|
|T. Dough Hydration||81.35%|
|Whole Grain %||53.05%|
|Hydration w/ Adds||80.32%|
|Add - Ins||%|