Pain de Noix au Pinot Noir
.. pardon my French but this loaf, a Brotkunst Original, deserves a French Title in my opinion.
The formula of this loaf builds on (any) Pain au Levain and develops a quite particular color, extraordinary flavour and almost sweet smell by the addition of wine-soaked Walnuts and Oat Berries.
and, if you like, two more photos that basically won't offer more information but may be interesting anyway
So in order to bake this Pain de Noix au Pinot Noir you will have to start with the Pinot Noir Walnuts about 48 hours before you will start baking.
200g Pinot Noir
Soak walnuts in the Pinot Noir for 24 hours
150 g Oat Berries
15g Malted Barely Syrup
150g Water (95 C / 200 F)
Soak the oat berries in the almost boiling water for about 45-60 minutes. By then the oat berries should have soaked up most but not all of the water.
Add the malted barley syrup the oat berries and stirr. Drain the Pinot Noir Walnuts over the oat berries, stirr lightly and then add the walnuts in the same container. The walnuts will now only be partially emersed in the Pinot Noir. Within the next 24 hours you may 'rotate' the walnuts if you like - leave the oat berries at the bottom though.
Pain au Levain
The amount of soaked nuts and grains is based on a dough with about 800g (28 oz) flour. Hamelman's 'Vermont Sourdough' has been widely discussed and would be a (one) suitable way to create the actual dough. However, in oder to ensure a vigorous levain, I'd suggest a two-stage build. The liquid white levain should be about 40-45% of the flour used (excluding the flour in the levain itseld of course)
When you prepare the Pain au Levain (e.g. Vermont Sourdough) use all the Pinot Noir and Water from your Walnut/Berries mixture. With reasonable draining you will have to make no further adjustment to the normal hyration of you natural leavened bread.
I suggest that you proceed the mixing of the final dough with a 1-hour-Autolyse (including the preferment but of course without the salt). Knead your dough to a moderate gluten development and add the oat berries and walnut during the final minutes. They will just have to be worked in evenly - you don't want to overdo this because you may tear up the gluten too much or destroy the walnuts. It's absolutely possible to do this with a Kitchenaid (I used the 'Powerhook' on my KA Pro 600).
Let the dough ferment for about 3 hours and fold it twice within the first 60-90 minutes. Don't be too fast or rough when you stretch the dough since of the loaded dough may tend to tear when stretch too hasty. If you work with Hamelman's Vermont Sourdough add some 30 minutes to bulk fermentation as well as to the proofing. Devide, shape and proof the dough(s) as you would usually do it - again with some extra consideration that your dough is loaded with nuts and oat berries. Be sure to give your dough enough time to proof ... it will take a little longer.
This bread is delicious with plain butter ... if you like try it with Blue Cheese, an Asiago-Garlic Spread or a good thin-sliced dry-hard salami (mild sopressata or herbal) and a glass of Pinot Noir.