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squeezing in time for bread making..

evonlim's picture

squeezing in time for bread making..

Black manuka raisin flaxseed light rye sourdough flavored with osmanthus flower tea.





osmanthus flower tea, very fragrant.




my lunch!! :)




bakingbadly's picture

That's one vibrant and healthy lunch, and a beautiful loaf, too. :)

Was wondering, did the flower tea pull through and give off a noticeable presense? I've yet to use tea in my sourdough but have been thinking about it for ages.


evonlim's picture

thank you Zita.

i soaked the flaxseed and raisins with the flower tea and added a handfull to the dough :)

yes, it did give a noticeable presence. 


Yerffej's picture

That bread is simply beautiful.


evonlim's picture

thank you Jeff


Our Crumb's picture
Our Crumb

You could make money selling that picture of your lunch.  Gorgeous composition.  Exquisite colors.  And of course, a beautiful bread.


Janetcook's picture


What a beautiful loaf and great pictures too!  I love using flax seeds in my breads and have baked one using chai that my kids really liked too.  I never would have thought of adding it as an ingredient if I hadn't read about here.  What inspired me to try it was a loaf like yours.

Thanks for the post!


dabrownman's picture

The lunch is delightful as well.  So well baked, presented and photographed.  I can never seem get the tea taste to come though but haven't tried this one.

Mind sharing your recipe?

Happy baking Evon!

evonlim's picture

85gram of flaxseed toasted.

pour in hot seeds in 300gram flower tea. let cool

150gram starter @ 100 % hydration (refreshed in the morning)

310gram water

325gram canadian strong bread flour 

325gram gold organic AP flour

75gram bob mills light rye 

12gram salt

osmanthus flower tea or any flower tea desired (amount as desired) 

2/3 cup manuka black raisins soaked in hot flower tea ( drained when used)

yield 2x <>1.5lbs bread

start in the evening, mix flour, water stater and flaxseed. autolysed for 40mins to 1 hour. then add salt. cover and do 2xSF each 40 mins. first SF add in drained manuka raisins and (a handful) dried osmanthus flower tea. covered overnight in room temperature or retard in the fridge if finishing up the next evening. next morning or evening, shape to desire shape. proof for 2 to 3 hours. (please check after 1 hour with finger test, proofing time may varies due to starter and room temp) baked in dutch oven preheated 450F for 20mins. uncovered for 10 or 15mins. p/s  i did 3 medium boules for this formula.

happy baking  dabrownman :)


Netvet007's picture

I want to just take the photo and eat it.  Gorgeous loaf and beautiful photography.  How inspiring.


varda's picture

Black manuka raisin flaxseed light rye sourdough flavored with osmanthus flower tea

Evon,   With that description I feel like I've entered another world.    Your bread came out so beautiful and I'm not sure I would dare eat that lunch as I would hate to destroy it.  -Varda

isand66's picture

Just beautiful!  I'm supposed to be working and not looking at your gorgeous baked bread :).

I recently made a bread with cherry tea but it did not really come through in the taste probably because I added too many other flavors.

So what do those plump raisins taste like?

evonlim's picture

those plump raisins tasted like flower! manuka raisins are not sugary sweet as the normal raisins. i like black grapes and raisins, they are not as sweet as the greens and red ones. slight bitter infact.

yes, i try not to add too much other flovors in the bread. as you can see from my formula almost all white flour with a touch of rye. 

evon :)

SylviaH's picture

baking and photo's.  I just want to reach in, touch, smell and taste it all.  


evonlim's picture

thank you all for your kind words. made me so proud of myself hehe.. and thanks to my little HTC sensation for those beautiful pictures!!