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Kamut Ricotta Black Sesame Porridge Bread

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Kamut Ricotta Black Sesame Porridge Bread

  I usually only put seeds on the outside of my breads but I decided to try adding it to the porridge and see what happened.

Well, I was pleasantly surprises at how tasty this one came out and the seeds add a nice extra burst of flavor as well.

The crumb was nice and open and moist as well.  This one is worth trying for sure.

Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.

Levain Directions

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.   You can use it immediately in the final dough or let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.

Porridge Directions

Add about 3/4's of the water 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 water 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  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, olive oil, ricotta cheese, and salt and mix on low for 4 minutes.   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 540 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.


Danni3ll3's picture

in bread and black sesame seeds add such wonderful flavour not to mention they look so amazing in the crumb. I never thought of adding seeds to the porridge. Great idea. Your loaves look gorgeous and I am sure they are super tasty! 

isand66's picture

Glad you like this one.  I hope you give a version of it a try.  I just had a slice with some smoked cheddar and bacon...yum😋



Elsie_iu's picture

as the weather gets cooler these days. I think a slice of hot porridge bread would do the trick as well :)

That's quite a lot of ricotta cheese in the dough! Along with the oat, rye chop and black sesame porridge, it's no wonder why the crumb looks so moist. Black sesame is one of my favorite add-ins in bread but I found that it's sometimes overwhelming. I tend to pair it with a strong cheese and use grains like red wheat, buckwheat, rye and spelt. However, the sweetness of kamut (and it's gorgeous colour) must complement black sesame beautifully as well.

Another lovely bread with potatoes!

isand66's picture

I was worried that the seeds would be overwhelming as well, but this combo of ingredients worked perfectly so it wasn't too strong.

Glad you like it and hope you give it a try one day.


dabrownman's picture

Nice looking in and out, fancy do scoring, whole grain goodness that has to be tasty - love the crumb.  . 

Well done  Ian and happy baking 

isand66's picture

I was very happy with the way this one turned out and the crumb was ideal.

We're getting a respite from the cold today and it's supposed to go up to 50 degrees, so the doggies can go to the park and romp!

Happy Baking!


MontBaybaker's picture

Ian, another creative bake for my short list!  I've been putting sesame in my bagels instead of on top; love the toasted flavor, hate the mess of chasing seeds that fall off.  Happy Holidays.

isand66's picture

Glad you like it.  Good idea to the seeds inside the bagels.  I've been meaning to make some bagels so may have to give that a try as well.

Happy Holidays to you as well.