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Farmers Market Week 5: Cherry Almond Batard

golgi70's picture

Farmers Market Week 5: Cherry Almond Batard

 Went with something similar to a classic loaf you'll find in an artisan bakery.  This was an old recipe I had on the computer from a couple years ago that I increased the rye to 20% from 10%.  I may even go further or add some wheat to the party next time.  

So I knew I'd run into troubles somewhere along my way.  Had a lucky first few weeks.Today my loaves were a tad overproofed but more troublesome they were sticking to my unlined bowls.  Had they not been sticking the proof may have worked out better. Guess my fridge at home is moister than what I'm used too.  More Flour next time.  Live and learn.  All things considered though they collapsed a touch on my peel but bounced back well on the stones and I'm seeing signs of good steam happening.  Recipe includes a couple minor changes for improvement.  Mostly going straight to retarder after shaping and not letting them proof for a short bit at room temp.  I'd also consider adding some wheat next time to add a bit more flavor.  Not bad though.

Cherry Almond Batard.  2 - 725 g loaves

Mature Starter (100%)  116 g

H20                               478 g

Strong Flour                  371 g

Bread Flour (malted)     166 g

Rye (fresh milled)           156g

Sea Salt                           15 g

Instant Yeast                    2.5 g

Dry Tart Cherries             55 g

blanched slivered                                                                                                                                                                                             almonds, toasted              55 g

Zest and Juice of 1 orange


1)  toss cherries with orange juice and zest and let sit for a couple hours

2)  Autolyse: 1 hour

3)  Add starter and mix in slightly.  Add yeast and mix until homogenous.  Add salt til combined.  Turn to speed two and devlop to medium consistency.

4)  Add Cherries and Almonds and mix on speed 1 until well distributed 

5)  Bulk ferment 2 1/2 hours (3 stretch and folds at 20 minutes)

6)  Shape and either proof for 2- 2 1/2 hours and bake or retard immeditately overnight

7)  Bake with steam at 480 for 12 minutes.  Vented for 20-25 more.


As you can see the bread wasn't taking kindly to scoring which I did oh so lightly . I'm happy they turned out at all and were still tradable and tasty loaves.  Bounty this time is some Kale, Lettuce, fresh garlic, pickled beets, more ice plants, zukes, and a farmers very first of the year tiny cabbage.  What next?  


Happy Weekend and Baking all




dabrownman's picture

and lots of barter goodies to show for it.  The bread looks pretty good adn it rcovered well.  Since ypu upped the rye did you up the hydration or is 71% your usual?  I think you would like the a 15% each whole rye and whole wheat variety too.

Happy baking

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

NIce loaves.  I love the idea of using cherry inside a sourdough bread.  I especially like the scoring you got on some of these.

Great job :)


golgi70's picture

Dab.  I set the hydration for each flour. So 80% for the rye and 69% for the white and overall it landed at 71%. Ill deffinately add wheat and up hydration a bit further. Dough felt stellar I just needed to go straight to the retarder after shaping and to lightly coat loaves in flour to avoid sticking.  Live and learn. 


if I didn't have my issues this bread was gonna score real nice. I love cherries. Woulda done pistachio but at 27 a pound I went for the almonds. (Hippy natural organic store but that's how I shop). In fact all of my farmers market bakes have been 100% organic. Thanks for the compliments. How's that rye comin along?  I'd love to be experimenting with some 3 stage high % ryes. 



Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Josh, the rye bread I did last week was tainted with bad sunflower seeds. Two loaves in the garbage.  I learned a valuable lesson to taste all my seeds before using.  I will be doing up a 40% rye soon and have to get a Danish rye back in my fridge again.  I miss having that one around the house.  Tried some WW pizzas on my gas grill with unglazed quarry tiles for the first time today.  Quite happy with the turn out.

Happy baking.


evonlim's picture

beautiful loaves and fresh produce in display... thanks for sharing