Reinhart's Master Formula
Today, I made Peter Reinhart's master formula whole wheat bread from his new book Whole Grain Breads. According to the text, soakers "change the way the dough performs, usually sweetening it and creating a richer more golden crust."
Normally, I never add sweetner to my sourdough recipes. Interestingly, I see that most of the recipes in the book call for a whopping 2 - 3 Tablespoons of honey or agave nectar; sugar or brown sugar, so I wonder if that is the reason why the bread is sweetened ....