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Multi-Grain Levain with Multi Photos

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Song Of The Baker

Multi-Grain Levain with Multi Photos

Yes, same old multi-grain loaves this weekend, but I don't mind.  Healthy, easy, tasty...

Less words this time and more photos.

Yes....it was a good lunch.

 

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emkay

It was a very good lunch indeed!

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Song Of The Baker

Thank you.  My favourite sandwich bread.

Happy baking.

John

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isand66

Looks like you have this one down for sure!  What a great looking crust and crumb and some nice photos to boot.

Looks like it can almost melt in your mouth.

Regards,
ian

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Song Of The Baker

Ian, thanks and you hit it on the nail with the melt in your mouth comment.  I have no idea what I did differently in my last Tartine bake and this bake, but the crumb turned out VERY soft and 'melt in your mouth' in both loaves.  I aint complainin'.

John

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golgi70

Really just fantastic looking.  What is  your seed mix?  Good to see a post from you.  I thought maybe the Rye beat you. 

Cheers

 

Josh

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Song Of The Baker

Thank you Josh.  It was actually higher % whole wheat loaves that threw me for a loop.  I'm getting the hang of it now though.  I learned that I was severely over proofing.

I used: Flax, sunflower, pearl barley, oats, and crack wheat.  I toasted them to the edge of almost burnt before adding to my soaker.  Really makes a difference to the end flavour.

John

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golgi70

seed mix.  It's pretty close to what I used last in the 5 grain levain out of bread.  But with pearled barley and no rye.  But I did not toast.  I'm gonna give that a whirl and see if I like it better. 

High % Wheat loaves are in a sense the same changes.  Faster fermenting grain so less levain should be used to give time for dough development.  I've had my best results with cold bulk retarding with the very high % loaves.  

Very Nice Bake and I'll be trying this soon.  Got some dried figs too and dmsnyder's miche all on the to do list.  

 

Josh

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CeciC

Great Loaf!!! Its perfect inside out. 

Whats the % of whole wheat did you use in this loaf. I think I need to take on a loaf like this, it just looks too good.

How long do u have to soak the grains? Last time I soaked the cracked wheat its kinda tooth breaking for me. 

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Song Of The Baker

Thanks CeciC.  WW is about 20% and the soaker was with boiling water overnight.  I have absolutely no cracked teeth but lots of soft cracked wheat, so it worked for me!

Happy Baking and thank you for the comments.

John

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ml

Such beautiful bread! Can you tell me the formula you used? Also, what steaming changes you made.

Thanks

ml

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Song Of The Baker

Thank you ml...I didn't make any steam changes to this loaf in particular.  I did however, stop placing a can of boiling water inside the turkey roaster a few months ago.  I realized the hydration in the dough releases enough steam as it bakes and when using a tight lidded baking vessel such as my turkey roaster, it steams it quite nicely.

I will post the formula to you in a PM.

Happy baking!

John

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Syd

Some fine looking loaves John.  The pictures aren't too shabby either.  Really nice baking.

Best,

Syd :)

 

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Song Of The Baker

I appreciate the comments Syd.  I am not much of a formula poster, and with my new camera, I am over doing the photos, but can't help it.

Take care.

John

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dabrownman

Love the whole grains and seeds and that turkey roaster is gong to have to go into TFL Hall of Fame after you wear it out :-)  This bread is just perfect in every way; Boldly baked, blistered crust, open crumb, Seed Toadies (a nice touch) very healthy and hearty.  Has to be the best all around sandwich bread around.  Send me the formula too, so Lucy cad jack with it some.  Love the photos - that new camera is paying off/

Happy baking John

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Song Of The Baker

Thanks a bunch for all the kind words dabrowny.  Yes, I have found new appreciation for the turkey roaster.  Also found a few different sizes shapes at my parents place.  One for boules, one for batards, and a larger one for short baguettes.  If I ever try baguettes again.  Been a while.

Will PM you formula.

Happy baking!

John

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CAphyl

John:  Fantastic looking bread.  I made a similar multi-grain with soaker bread recently and we loved it.  Made great sandwiches, and my husband loved it for toast as well. You've inspired me to make it again!  Beautiful photos, too.  Best,  Phyllis

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Song Of The Baker

Well thank you Phyllis.  So do I, which is why I bake this one more than any other bread.

Happy baking.

John

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dmsnyder

This is one of my favorite varieties for flavor. You did a bang-up job!

David

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Song Of The Baker

Thank you David.  The slow proof in fridge makes all the difference.

Take care.

John

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Maine18

I'm book marking this for inspiration for my next weekend bake -- great photos and description, looks perfect for a rustic sandwich.  If only I had a roaster at home... :)

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Song Of The Baker

Thanks!  I don't know if I will ever use it for turkey, but I will never give it up for bread baking.  Hope one finds its way into your home in the near future.

Happy baking.

John

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aly-hassabelnaby

Great work there John, the loaves look fantastic. I see you have a loaf on parchment there inside your roaster. I've tried this as well but I've had the parchment actually sticking to the bottom of the loaf when its done. Has that ever happened to you?

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Song Of The Baker

Thank you for the comment.  Actually, that loaf in the photo stuck a slight bit to the parchment when I took it out, but was very easy to take off.  Typically, when I bake my loaves, I undercover the roaster after the steaming portion of the bake, then I let bake for about 5 minutes in the roaster without lid.  This allows the bread to harden a bit (made the mistake once trying to grab the loaf out of roaster too early and I squished it since it was still too soft).  I then take the loaf out of the roaster, remove the parchment (if it sticks), and place directly on the tiles that the roaster was sitting on.  That is my method.

Parchment usually doesn't even stick to the loaf with very high hydration loaves such as Tartine Country Bread.  Perhaps you should try a different brand?

Good luck!

John

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aly-hassabelnaby

Yes, I'll definitely try a different brand because its really disappointing to pull out a nice loaf from the oven and then find stuck on bits of parchment on it.

Thanks John!