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Buttermilk Porridge Bread

isand66's picture

Buttermilk Porridge Bread

I've been busy traveling for work this past month and have not had a lot of time for baking, but  finally I had a chance to bake again.

I used my usual procedure to make a porridge bread but decided to use buttermilk instead of milk or water in the porridge.  I also used some freshly ground durum flour, sprouted durum and some Harvest Grain Mix from KAF which includes whole oat berries, millet, rye flakes, and wheat flakes and four seeds (flax, poppy, sesame, and sunflower).  The end result is a tangy, hearty loaf with a wonderful moist crumb.


Buttermilk Porridge Bread (%)

Buttermilk Porridge Bread (weights)

Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.


Levain Directions Build 1

Mix all the levain ingredients together  for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it sit at room temperature for around 7-8 hours or until the starter has doubled.  I used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours.

Levain Directions Build 2

Add in the flours for stage 2 and the water and mix for a minute.  Let it sit at room temperature for around 7-8 hours or until the starter has doubled.  I used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours.  I put it in the refrigerator and used it the next evening but you can use it to mix the main dough right away if you want.

Porridge Directions

Add about 3/4's of the buttermilk called for in the porridge to the dry ingredients in a small pot set to low and stir constantly until all the water is absorbed.  Add the remainder of the buttermilk and keep stirring until you have a nice creamy and soft porridge.  Remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature before adding to the dough.  I put mine in the refrigerator and let it cool quicker.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flours, Harvest Grains  and the water for about 1 minute.  Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.  Next add the levain, cooled porridge and salt and mix on low for 4 minutes and speed #2 for another 2 minutes or by hand for about 6 minutes.   You should end up with a cohesive dough that is slightly tacky but very manageable.  Remove the dough from your bowl and place it in a lightly oiled bowl or work surface and do several stretch and folds.  Let it rest covered for 10-15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold.  Let it rest another 10-15 minutes and do one additional stretch and fold.  After a total of 2 hours place your covered bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for 12 to 24 hours.  (Since I used my proofer I only let the dough sit out for 1.5 hours before refrigerating).

When you are ready to bake remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let it set out at room temperature still covered for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Remove the dough and shape as desired.

The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature and will only rise about 1/3 it's size at most.  Let the dough dictate when it is read to bake not the clock.

Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 550 degrees F. and prepare it for steam.  I have a heavy-duty baking pan on the bottom rack of my oven with 1 baking stone on above the pan and one on the top shelf.  I pour 1 cup of boiling water in the pan right after I place the dough in the oven.

Right before you are ready to put them in the oven, score as desired and then add 1 cup of boiling water to your steam pan or follow your own steam procedure.

After 5 minute lower the temperature to 450 degrees.  Bake for 35-50 minutes until the crust is nice and brown and the internal temperature of the bread is 205 degrees.

Take the bread out of the oven when done and let it cool on a bakers rack before for at least 2 hours before eating.



dabrownman's picture

tastes but I'm really doubting it.  I don't think she has ever made a brad with buttermilk or even rolls.  Love the retarded levain to go with the long bulk retard.  This has so many great ingredients and flour, even durum sprouts in it has to be fantastic taste wise.  It sure looks boldly baked too.  Lucy went the other way this week.  Only  25% whole sprouted multigrain so it is a white bread...made with Guinness so it looks like more whole grain.

Well done and Happy baking - Lucy sends her best to her furry friends.

isand66's picture

I thought of Lucy as I was concocting this one.  I knew she would appreciate all of the whole grains.  It has such a nice tang to it with all of the wholesome goodness.

Look forward to reading about your Guinness bread soon.  I will post mine this morning as well.

Happy baking to you and Lucy.  Max and Lexi are anxiously awaiting the fence installers this morning as Lucy can imagine :)

hanseata's picture

Using buttermilk to cook a porridge - very interesting idea. The loaf looks gorgeous!


isand66's picture

Thank you Karin.  It really made this one exrta sour and was an interesting idea that worked out well.

Appreciate your kind words