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Sourdough baguettes

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Bushturkey

Sourdough baguettes

Sourdough baguettes - crumb

Sourdough baguettes - crumb

Sourdough (mini) baguettes

Sourdough (mini) baguettes

I made my own version of sourdough baguettes.

I made a liquid levain (125% hydration) from my white sourdough. I elaborated it into a poolish (100% hydration). The final dough had 70% white bread flour (but I increased the gluten to 14% with added gluten flour - I was worried, the 30 % rye might weaken my dough), 30% rye flour.

Because my preferment was around 24 hours old (but I'd given it two feedings at 12 hour intervals) by the time I mixed the final dough, I didn't know if the starch would've been depleted, so I added about 5g malt (to a total of 610g flour). I found some "light dry malt" at the brewing section of a local shop. The packet said "Malted Barley" as the ingredient. It didn't say it was roasted (it didn't say it was not roasted either), so I assumed it was diastatic malt.

I forgot to mention that I used the "french fold" method of mixing. Just a few seconds only! Then a few letter folds during bulk fermentation.

 

Any commentary from any bakers out there (on the way I went about making the baguettes)?

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Paddyscake's picture
Paddyscake

Tell us about the flavor...

Bushturkey's picture
Bushturkey

Hi Paddyscake.

I don't really know how to describe the flavour of bread, but here goes:- feel free to fall down laughing as you read my description!

The aroma has a definite lactic and rye and malt character.

The flavour initially sweet and rich rye/malty. Definite nutty wholemeal rye flavour. Maybe a bit heavier flavour that white loaf. May be a slight tartness to the finish.The sweetness lingers, though. Very pleasant.

Went great with olive oil and dukkah and my eggplant/garlic/balsamic vinegar dip (which included, also, bread crumbs from my ealriest bread journeys!).

Is there a bread tasting glossary of terms?

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Mini Oven

You keep turning out such beauties, you can open a shop!  Looking very good!

Mini O