Double Levain Sprouted 4 Grain Sourdough with Seeds
With our daughter being home from AP rotation for the next couple of weeks it is all about making her favorite foods including bread. On the bread front it is all about what can’t be in the bread rather than what can be in it.
This exasperates Lucy to no end since she usually has free reign to come up with what ever suits her fancy but this week it can’t have figs, olives, cranberries or anything fruity in it. This is fine with me since the last two week’s Friday bakes had all of those things in them. Prior planning has its own rewards.
Seeds are still on the list and Lucy hasn’t done a seeded bread in some time and never a whitish one with sprouted multi-grain flour, 2 levains and potato water for the liquid. So Lucy made this one with 30% whole sprouted grains of wheat, rye spelt and Kamut - our recent favorite blend of sprouts in various amounts of each.
My daughter wanted to know if this concoction would turn out to be decent bread to eat since she hasn’t seen this bread in any store or bakery and being odd doesn’t mean it will be good. That really ticked off Lucy who is more spunky since she started feeling better and sort of like asking Trump if he hates women more than being dead broke.
Lucy found 60 g of Flax, sesame, poppy and chia seeds which she ground up since flax seeds can’t be digested well otherwise. The she found 75 G of pepetas and sunflower seeds. The seeds came out to a bit more than 25% of the flour weight,
Lucy devised 2 levains for this bread. One was a white one made from our retarded rye starter and AP flour and the other was made from the same starter but fed the sifted out hard bits of the sprouted whole grains making it dark. Both were built over 3 stages over 10 hours and then retarded for 24 hours. The white one came out sweet and fruity and dark one very sour and earthy
While the levains were warming up on the counter we autolysed the dough flour and potato water with the salt sprinkled on top for 2 hours on the counter. Once the levains hit the mix we did 4 sets of slap and folds of 30 slaps each on 30 minute intervals and 2 sets of stretch and folds of 8 stretches each on 45 minutes each.
The dough felt about right hydration wise before the seeds went in on the first set of stretch and folds but tightened up afterwards. We forgot to soak the ground seeds so they sucked some of the moisture out of the dough. Next time we will soak them in 60 g of water for an hour.
Once the gluten development was done we placed the dough in a an oiled bowl covered in plastic wrap and placed in the fridge for an 18 hour retard When the dough came out it was gently pre-shaped into a boule and put back in the bowl for a 1 hour warm up on the counter. The dough was then shaped into a batard because we are on a batard kick of late and let to final proof for about an hour outside in the + 100 F heat at the time, Nothing like a hot proof to bring out the sour..
After slashing it went into the oven on the bottom stone and covered with the bottom of a heavy aluminum turkey roaster. After 20 minutes of steam the lid came off and the bread finished baking under convection to dry it out. It browned, bloomed and sprang well enough but we will have to wait for lunch on the crumb shot.
The crumb came out soft, moist, tangy and open enough for this kind of bread. It tasted complex in an assertive, seedy kind of way you can only imagine if you don't make this bread
My daughter had the first slice and she liked it ....apparently not as much some other breads she has tasted over the years. Lucy says my daughter is an amateur critic, not to be trusted........ who doesn't like seedy bread as much as thought she would. Sadly, I have to agree with both of them:-)
SD Levain Build
14 Week Retarded Rye Starter
20 % Extraction Sprouted 4 Grain
20 % Extraction Sprouted 4 Grain
80% Extraction Sprouted 4 Grain
Total Dough Flour
Total Flour w/ Starter
Potato water & Water
Hydration with Starter
Whole Sprouted Grain
Sprouted 4 grain is 25 g each of Kamut,
rye and spelt and 75 g of red winter wheat
Preheat 500 F, Steam heat 450 F, Dry heat 425 F convection.
Mixed seeds: Ground flax, poppy, sesame,
& chia 60 g plus sunflower and squash 75 g
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