Sourdough Onion Rye
I thought I'd share my latest loaves because I don't post much, but appreciate everyone's comments/advice. I'm kind of fond of the whole Jewish baking because currently I live in the Bronx, NY, where Rose Levy Birnbaum and I believe Stan Ginsberg grew up. Anyways, there's a lot of heritage here in the Bronx, so while I'm living here I'm getting into it. As big as NYC is, the boroughs are more like small towns than anything I grew up in suburbia, we have a local baker and butcher we can walk to and it's a small town feel. Anyways, on to the bake!
So I got my first 50# bag of King Arthur, sir Lancelot high gluten flour last week, so I thought I'd put it to the test with some Rye which I almost always have trouble with. Usually they end up being a bit flat with all the rye, even with tons of time in the mixer to develop gluten, I find it hard to get it right regularly. Also I don't normally do a rye sourdough, but thought I'd give it a whirl. My recipe is somewhat of a knock off of the Hamelman book, which is my favorite for getting ideas.
40 Ounces High Gluten Flour
24 Ounces Medium Rye Flour
2 Tbsp salt
~8 oz sour dough starter (premixed including water)
~40 Ounces water (about 65% hydration)
I split it into 2 batches, so the first day I did 20 oz HGF, 12 oz Rye, 20 oz water and the sourdough starter. I mixed and left over night on the counter.
Next day I split the pre-ferment into 2 and added to each 1 Tbsp salt, 1 tsp diastic malt powder and the water. I also added 1/2 cup onion flakes to 2 cups boiling water and let it sit for ~20 minutes. Each batch got the onions, and I used the onion water for the recipe. For the "Super" NY deli rye batch I added 3 TBSP Rye bread improver (proprietary mix of malt powder + potato starch + malt ?) and 1 TBsp of Deli Rye flavor (basically dried pickle juice, acetic acid (vinegar) etc...).
I mixed each for about 15 minutes in the mixer and let the rise about ~2 hours, then punched down, hand kneaded and/or stand mixed a bit. The "Super NY Rye" were doing so well in their rise, and I can only rise 2 loaves at a time in my bannetons, I shaped and put them in the bannetons for a final rise. The wooden bannetons get a dusting of half rice flour, half regular AP flour with my flour wand. Turned oven on to 450*. Another hour or two and the Super Rye loaves were ready to go in. I have a baker's peel, so I put a sheet of parchment paper on the peel turn it on top of the bannetons, and flip. Score the loaves and put them in the oven on the pizza stone. A cup or 2 of hot water goes in the 12" cast iron skillet in the bottom of the oven. Loaves get about 25 minutes.
You can see the ones on the left are the "Super NY Deli rye" and they turned out ALOT better, higher rise etc... Probably a bit too much flour on the bannetons, but with the sticky Rye, I wanted to make sure they came loose without them falling down when I put them in the oven.