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Buckwheat Cranberry Levain

Lazy Loafer's picture
Lazy Loafer

Buckwheat Cranberry Levain

This is one of the prettiest breads I bake - Buckwheat Cranberry Levain! I used to make it just for autumn / winter, but it is such a favourite that I decided to put it in the baking rotation today. This time I baked it in cast iron pots seam-side up, and the resulting natural burst is quite attractive. The original recipe was inspired by cmatecun's Buckwheat Cherry Levain, but I've probably modified somewhat over time.


Ru007's picture

Must taste great too. I really enjoy cranberries but I've never tried them in bread, now its on my ever growing to do list. 

Great bake LL :)

Happy baking


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Lazy Loafer

Thanks Ru; nice to see you back! I've been a bit absent myself lately too. Still baking though! :)


dabrownman's picture

out of turn at the wrong time of year -  It's great!  Well done and happy baking LL

pul's picture

This can certainly inspire fellow bakers in the south hemisphere!

Pretty loaf

leslieruf's picture

I love cranberries in bread, actually in anything if I am honest!  I haven’t used buckwheat flour though.  Do you mill your own or buy the flour?

a very yummy bake I think!

bake happy


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Lazy Loafer

Buckwheat is one flour I don't mill myself. I don't mill any of the gluten-free flours because they would then be contaminated by the gluten flours I mill. I don't want to have to wash the whole mill between batches! Yes, I put dried cranberries in lots of things too, including cooked porridge. :)