Formulas similar to Hamelman's Five-Grain Levain
By far, my most favorite bread is Hamelman's Five-Grain Levain. I've tried many other recipes/formulas and none of them compare to it. I've searched in vain for similar recipes. Breads that are hearty, and complex in flavor. Natural levain is a must, since I like the complex flavor it provides. I think the seeds that are baked into the loaf must give the bread a signature taste. After baking and eating this so many times I've come to believe that not only do the seeds taste good when eaten, but the seeds seem to release flavor (maybe gasses) that permeate the crumb. I'm thinking that it may be similar to the affect levain or yeast has on the flavor after long fermentation. NOTE: I'd like any opinions as to how you think the seeds affect the flavor of bread. I'm interested to learn more about this.
So you're probably thinking, why not just stick with Hamelman's Five-Grain Levain?
I bake this recipe weekly and after many months of doing so I'd like to increase my repertoire add some variety.
I love Whole Food's Seeduction Bread, but so far I haven't found a formula that baked up like their's. It's the only other bread that rivals the Five Grain to my taste buds.