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36 hours+ sourdough baguette with 60% whole grain - it works even when I mess up, a lot.

txfarmer's picture

36 hours+ sourdough baguette with 60% whole grain - it works even when I mess up, a lot.


Continue to push the limit on how much whole grain flour can be used in baguettes, yet still maintain the light texture. (original recipe here, 3 earlier variations here, 3 more variations here, previous whole grain experiments here)

AP Flour, 200g

barley flour, 75g

ww flour, 150

ice water, 375g

salt, 10g

rye starter (100%) 150g

-Mix flour, ice water and autolyse for 12 hours.

-Mix in salt, starte, then follow the basic 36 hour sourdough baguette formula here.

15% rye (in starter), 15% barley, 30% ww, which makes 60% whole grain flour in total. Since my last try of 45% whole grain baguettes were a bit heavy, I was not holding too much hope for this batch, which means I was reckless and not paying too much attention. (Quote from my husband: you were BEGGING to fail!) And boy, did I mess up in so many ways:

1. Didn't have enough rye starter ready. The 12 hour autolyse was done, but I only had 100g of rye starter, Ugh! Decided to use that, and added another 25g of water and 25g of rye flour to make all the ratio "correct". However, 1/3 less starter means much slower rise, so I knew I had to really read the dough carefully.

2. At first S&F, something is off. What? Oh, the salt! I had forgot to mix in the salt! Luckily the rise is long due to less starter, so I had plenty of time to add salt and S&F to distribute it evenly. On the other hand, it may have helped the dough to rise faster by "holding back" the salt.

3. I literally "forgot about" the dough after taking it out from fridge to finish rising. Again the reduced starter was a blessing, the dough was way bubbly and expanded, but not disasterously so.

4. The hydration was 90%, yeah, you read that right, remember? I was "begging to fail"? That hydration, along with too long of a bulk rise, made shaping and scoring...interesting. UGH.

5. When it's time to score, I knew it wasn't gonna be easy, so I decide to install a new blade on my lame. Apparently I was so careless that it was not properly installed, it came loose during scoring, and by second baguette, it fell!! Into a puddle of dough. Sigh, fished it out and continued.

6. Forgot to prehead the oven well in advance, so when the baguettes went in, the stone was only reheated for 30min, much shorter than my usual 1 to 2 hours. 

After all that, I was expecting bricks and making alternative dinner plans, yet this is what I got!


Was I ever surpised! Talking about a no fail recipe! The weekend after, I made this formula again, properly this time. The results were even better.


Here's the best part: due to my reckless 90% hydration, the crust was not too thick - unlike my 45% whole grain baguettes, so the battle with super wet dough was well worth it! Nice crispy but "not too thick" crust, along with open crumb with lots of holes, and great whole grain flavor, make this formula a winner.When I started out this "whole grain in baguettes" experiment, I didn't expect anything beyond 50% whole grain would still produce light baguettes, but this formula proves me wrong. Of course, now I have to try even more whole grain flour, and even more water!


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teketeke's picture

Wow!  What a wonderful story, Txfarmer.   My,, look at the ears and blooms on such a high hydration dough... WOW!!   And the crumb!!!  It just makes me speechless.  Great baguette, Txfarmer!!   I may try it bravely :)

Best wishes,


txfarmer's picture

Thanks! You should definitely give it a try, incredible flavor, and apparently "no fail" :P

dmsnyder's picture

You know the Greek myth of King Midas?

Every dough you touch turns into beautiful bread. You can't help it. :-)


txfarmer's picture

<shoving many ugly fail loaves under the bed>



wassisname's picture

If this had been your first post I would cry, "hoax!"  Instead, I will simply bow to the greatness.  Inspiring stuff, thank you.


txfarmer's picture

Ha, I was surprised myself. Who knew 60% whole grain dough can look like this?!

arlo's picture

I wish one day to achieve skills along your level : )

txfarmer's picture

I just make this formula A LOT. Learn something every time.

Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul's picture
Paul Paul Paul ...

Shove all the chips in! I think I speak for everyone when I say I want to see you make a 100% whole grain loaf look like ciabatta. Go for it, should be good.