10/5/10 - Pain Au Levain with Alaea Sea Salt (Hawaiian Red Salt)
There was a period of time where my brother and I were buying each other different salts for fun… He went to Hawaii one time and brought me back a small bag of Alaea Sea Salt (Hawaiian Red Salt). Time passes, I buy him some other salt… Then he goes to Hawaii again to visit a friend of his, and she sends him back to the mainland with 3 more bags of the stuff, which he gives me… So now, after a few years, I still have tons of the stuff, so what better idea to get rid of some of it by trying some in bread…
Interesting stuff. It contains a small amount of harvested reddish Hawaiian clay. You can reference this website: http://www.saltworks.us/alaea.html  for more info. The salt has an interesting clay/mineral taste to it.
I decided to make a simple pain au levain and try the stuff out…
900g AP (King Arthur)
50g WW (King Arthur)
50g Rye Flour (Mix of Hodgson Mill and Arrowhead Mills Organic)
250g Liquid Levain @ 100% Hydration
26g Alaea Sea Salt
1936g Approx Dough Yield
7:00pm - Feed storage starter 100g AP and 100g water. Starter should double in 2-3 hrs.
10:00pm - Weigh out all ingredients, grind the salt with a mortar and pestle.
10:15pm - In a large mixing bowl, add in the following order, liquid levain, water, flours, salt. Mix with rubber spatula until a rough dough forms, then with wet hands squish dough until there are no dry lumps. This should take about 3 minutes. Place bowl in large plastic bag, rest.
11:00pm - Turn dough, cover and let rest.
11:30pm - Lightly oil a large plastic container (4L). Turn dough (stretch and fold in bowl), place in plastic tub, place in refrigerator. Go to bed.
8:45am - Take dough out of refrigerator, turn dough in container, cover, return to refrigerator. Go to work.
6:15pm - Divide dough into 2 equal pieces (975g), preshape into boule. Let rest 15 minutes seam side down.
6:30pm - Final shape, let proof in floured linen lined bannetons seam side up. Place bannetons in plastic bag to prevent drying.
8:45pm - Arrange baking stone and steam pan (loaf pan with lava rocks. Fill halfway with water). Preheat oven to 500F with convection.
9:30pm - Turn off convection. Turn boules out onto a lightly floured peel, slash as desired, place into oven directly onto stone. When last loaf is in the oven, close door. Turn down to 450F. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove steam pan 15 minutes into bake. Rotate loaves halfway through bake. At end of bake, check internal temperature and weight. Should be between 205F to 210F, and weight approx 15% less. Return loaves to off oven for another 10 minutes. Let loaves cool overnight before cutting and eating…
Notes: I should have let the boules proof for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
8:45am - Cut, take picture of crumb, eat...
Sent to Susan @ Yeastspotting  on 10/6/10