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Khoisan flour says 15 gram of protein

gillpugh's picture

Khoisan flour says 15 gram of protein

Made some bread this morning and there's no oven spring and feels dense.  

Bought some doves farm Khoisan flour which says it's 15 g of protein per 100 grams. I normally only use 10% of "strange"flours  but this time I used 43% As I wanted to use up all my ends of flour  so this is a mixed bag of flours

43% doves farm khorsan

25% British bread flour 12% protein

8% light rye

8% wholemeal spelt

16% Canadian strong white

20% mixed seeds

78% whey and water mix

20% 70 levain

2.5% salt

i thought with the high levels of protein I would have enough strength to hold up those seeds.  The bulk was 4 hours at 22c nice and jiggerly before bench resting and shaping. Looked good before going into fridge for retarded 12 hours. Had proofed in fridge by about 30 % in the morning. 

Does anyone know much about this flour that could give me an idea of max I should use in a loaf as I do like a nice ear !!

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Lechem (not verified)

The gluten is different! It has less extensibility than strong wheat flour. This results in less rise and a more cake-like crumb.

It needs a more gentle approach and, of course, the correct hydration.

You can get away with 10% khorasan without noticing too much difference and get the benefit from this unique grain. Or to really appreciate it for what it is try a 100% khorasan loaf so you will know what you're dealing with.

Emmanuel Hadjiandreou has a good yeasted recipe.

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I'll have a look at that. Thank you lechem. 

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of knowledge.  Always generous with it and his advice.

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not.a.crumb.left's picture

this formula as suggested by Lechem....

if you are interested, people provided also kindly other  formulas with Kamut but the loaf in the photos is the 40% from the breadopia recipe.  I love the colour of the Kamut! Happy Baking....  Kat