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This is absolutely delicious

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This is absolutely delicious

I got my inspiration from this recipe and gave it an Abe twist. 


Levain Build : 24 hours before

62g bread flour

4g whole-wheat flour

73g warm water

21g starter @ 50% hydration 

(Comes out to 160g @ 100% hydration)

Method: Build the Levain 24 hours before making the dough. Refrigerate for 6 hours then room temperature for 18 hours. 



320g bread flour

80g whole-wheat flour

10g sea salt

160g Levain

262g water + 18g orange blossom water

40g cranberries

40g pecans, toasted



Day before... (I've seen Trevor J Wilson do this type of autolyse. He does it with the salt from the beginning, refrigerates then takes the dough out before bed when it can warm up to room temp through the night. I decided to get an autolyse in minus the salt first and then proceed like Trevor does. The purpose was for saving time in the morning and this step can be done anytime the day before if needed. If done this way the salt is to stop any other unwanted fermentation)

1. Mix the water and orange blossom water then add the flours. Form a shaggy mass and autolyse for 1 hour. 

2. Add the salt and mix then refrigerate. Take the dough out of the fridge before bed to prepare the final dough in the morning. 


Day of...

3. Add the Levain to the dough and combine by squeezing and folding. Rest for 30 minutes. 

4. Fold the add-ins into the dough. Then rest for 50 minutes. 

5. Do a stretch and fold then rest for a further 50 minutes. 

6. After 50 minutes do another stretch and fold then rest for another 50 minutes

7. Pre-shape and rest for 30 minutes

8. Shape and final proof for 50 minutes.

9. Bake in a preheated oven with your preferred method. 


Was going to taste just one slice and have devoured half a loaf! 


Danni3ll3's picture

I am bookmarking this one!!

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Lechem (not verified)

I included the orange blossom as I thought it might be a good substitute for orange zest. It turns out it's not. However it really complimented the bread. Was a bit of an experiment which turned out well. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

dabrownman's picture

this is another fine example of one.  This has to be delicious, hearty and healthy.

Well done and happy baking Abe

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Lechem (not verified)

Thank you Dabrownman. An experimental recipe which is worth keeping.

There does seem to be a theme running through this weekend's breads.

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Brokeback Cowboy

Great looking product! Flavors are on point, will have to try this recipe in coming weeks

Thanks for the upload!

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Lechem (not verified)

...and thank you for the recipe. This was a great bake which i'll sure come back to many times. Lots to try but I can see this will become one of my favourites.

I look forward to your bake.