Pierre Nury's Rustic Light Rye with Whole Grain Multi-grain YW / SD Levains and Coffee
We wanted to take a new look at Pierre Nury’s Rustic light Rye from Daniel Leader’s book ‘Local Breads’ that ZolaBlue posted about here:
And my initial attempt here:
We went with our original plan to put some more rye and whole grains (spelt and WW) in this bread to enhance, broaden and deepen its flavor profile to make it something we would like better.
The whole grains ended up to be 20% of the total and it was all used in the levains as has been our choice lately. We also wanted to use separate YW and SD slevains for this bread to see what difference it might make from the original. We used coffee instead of water for this bake too.
We changed some of the methods too. Instead of the first S&F set, after the 12 minutes of kneading on KA 4, we did 4 minutes of French slap and folds because we like doing them and it seems to help gluten development of high hydration dough considerably.
Once the dough had doubled on the counter after a 2 hour ferment, we chucked it into the fridge where it supposedly wasn’t going to rise much during the 12 hour 37 F retard.
But it did – a lot. In fact, it rose so much that it stuck tightly to the un-oiled top of the Tupperware tub and if I didn’t have the cheesecake sitting on top of it, would have exploded all over the fridge. This is a very sticky dough due to the extra rye, spelt and WW and 80% hydration and these additions also contributed to its continued rising in the cold fridge.
So when we tore the dough from the lid after coming out of the fridge, it completely deflated from 5”high to 1”. You are supposed to gently push the dough out to a 10”x10”square, cut it in half and then gently pick it up from the ends while stretching it out another 2” (making it 12”long) and then plop it on a parchment covered peel for a final rise of 1 hour or until it doubles. Then it goes into the oven cold without slashing.
We should have shaped each half into ciabatta and let it rise one more time at room temp but we just chucked it in the 450 F steaming oven as a flat bread - 17 " long - without any further proofing toppings, oil or dimples to get a bread made for sandwiches – and it worked!
The bread did spring nicely in the oven increasing its height over 50% and ending up the right thickness to cut in half and be perfect for a lunch sandwich that we hardly ever get a chance to eat.
It baked 12 minutes with steam and then 10 more minutes at 425 F convection without steam rotating it every 5 minutes on the stone. So in 22 minutes it was done and tested 208 F on the inside. We left it on the stone with the oven off and the door ajar to crisp the skin.
The crust didn’t brown as much as we wanted but it was done. Since it wasn’t slashed it did crack where it wanted to and the crumb was open, soft, a little glossy and moist. It was also as tasty as our previous attempt, maybe even more so and made for a fine sandwich at lunch. Just delicious and would be terrific in a panini.
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