20200410 Rus Brot's Ukrainian Palyanitsa with Concentrated Lactic Acid Sourdough (CLAS)
I am so happy today because I successfully made bread, and I had not made bread for almost a year.
Last year, I threw away all my sourdough starters as I did not need them. I know that I can make delicious bread with CLAS, and it only takes a day to make.
Because I had not made bread for a long time, I chose this relatively basic formula from Rus's bread collection: 60% hydration, bread flour (I used Whole Foods 365 all-purpose flour), CLAS, and yeast. Although this bread only takes about three hours from start to finish, its quality is comparable to bread that has gone through long fermentation. I do not need to spend any energy and time to maintain a traditional sourdough starter, and CLAS guarantees the quality of my loaf. All I need to do is make a CLAS twenty-four hours before baking bread; why not do it?
I have not made bread for almost a year. Scoring this Ukrainian bread the traditional way is a bit intimidating - hence a simple slash.
Doesn't the shape of this loaf look a bit weird? Because I squeezed this gigantic 1kg dough in the little basket and proved it there!