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Cedar Mountain’s Grass Roots Bread - Take 3

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Cedar Mountain’s Grass Roots Bread - Take 3

Cedar Mountain’s Grass Roots Bread - Take 3


I love this bread! Just be aware that the hydration makes for a very wet dough. I really should have read my notes from before where it mentioned that this dough was quite wet. It does come together with the stretches and folds but I really should have cut back on the water to get a dough that was a bit easier to handle. I also tried to streamline the procedure for the add-ins so that I wasn’t prepping each ingredient individually. By the way, did I mention that this was a very wet dough? ;-)




Makes 3 loaves



25 g hulless oats

40 g wild rice

190 g boiling water

25 g barley flakes 

50 g large flake oats

175 g water



75 g rye berries

75 g spelt berries

75 g kamut berries

75 g Red Fife berries

750 g unbleached all purpose flour

725 g filtered water

22 g pink Himalayan salt

40 g local yogurt

250 g 3 stage 100 hydration levain (procedure in recipe)

Bran/all purpose flour for feeding the levain


Mid afternoon the day before:

  1. Take 18 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 18 g of filtered water and 18 g of bran. I used bran left over from other bakes where it was sifted out. One also can use Wholewheat flour. Let rise in a warm place (oven with the light on and door cracked open - 82F)
  2. Mill the grains and sift to obtain 250 g of high extraction flour. Save the bran for dusting the baskets as well as for another use. 
  3. Place the high extraction flour in a tub and add the unbleached flour to it. Cover and set aside.

The night before:

  1. Place the hulless oats and the wild rice in a heatproof bowl and add 190 g boiling water. Cover and let sit overnight. 
  2. Before going to bed, feed the levain 36 g of water and 36 g of AP flour flour including any left over high extraction flour. Let that rest in a warm place overnight.

Dough making day:

  1. Feed the levain 72 g of filtered water and 72 g of AP flour and let rise 4-5 hours in a warm spot. 
  2. Drain the wild rice and hulless oats. Add fresh water to cover by an inch and cook gently until the wild rice has bloomed. I cooked it for about 15 -20 minutes and then let sit until all wild rice grains had split open. * Drain well.* Cover and set aside to cool. 
  3. Cook the barley flakes and the rolled oats in the 175 g of water until the water has been all absorbed. This was very quick! Add to the hulless oats and wild rice.
  4. Two hours before the levain is ready, mix the water with the flour on the lowest speed in the bowl of a stand mixer until all the flour has been hydrated. This took a couple of minutes. Autolyse for at least a couple of hours.
  5. Once the levain is ready, add the salt, the yogurt, the add-ins and the levain to the bowl. Mix on one for a minute to integrate everything, mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes. This dough is wet! I even had thoughts of adding flour!
  6. Remove dough from bowl and place in a covered tub. Let rest 30 minutes. 
  7. Do 4 sets of folds at 30 minute intervals, then switch to hourly folds for another 2 sets. The dough really came together with the folds. It was amazing to see!
  8. Place the dough in a cold fridge for 3 hours. The dough rose about 30%. 
  9. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~810 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest one hour on the counter. 
  10. Do a final shape by flouring the rounds and flipping the rounds over on a lightly floured counter. Gently stretch the dough out into a circle. Pull and fold the third of the dough closest to you over the middle. Pull the right side and fold over the middle and do the same to the left. Fold the top end to the center patting out any cavities. Finally stretch the two top corners and fold over each other in the middle. Roll the bottom of the dough away from you until the seam is underneath the dough. Cup your hands around the dough and pull towards you, doing this on all sides of the dough to round it off. Finally spin the dough to make as tight boule as you can considering how wet this dough is.
  11. Sprinkle bran and oats flakes in the bannetons. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. I debated leaving the dough uncovered for the night but decided to simply sprinkle some extra flour on top and then covered it with bowl covers. Let rest for a few minutes on the counter and then put to bed in a cold (38F) fridge for 9-10 hours. 

Baking Day

  1. The next morning, heat the oven to 475F with the Dutch ovens inside for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn out the dough seam side up onto a cornmeal sprinkled counter. Place rounds of parchment paper in the bottom of the pots, and carefully but quickly place the dough seam side up inside. 
  2. Cover the pots and bake the loaves at 450 F for 30 minutes, remove the lids, and bake for another 20 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205F or more.


I got a decent rise considering the hydration. Note to myself: Reduce the water by at least 50 grams if not more!


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Abe (not verified)

From the photo alone. Not one, not two but a load of perfect loaves. How you do it I do not know but each one turns out as if you have it your sole attention. 


Danni3ll3's picture

These are far from perfect but they’ll do. 

I am blaming the high hydration for the lack of explosive oven spring, but I have another loaf in the oven that I made with the leftover Levain as well as lower hydration and it also has similar oven spring! Maybe it’s the starter or they overproofed slightly. ?

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trailrunner's picture

You got some beauties there and that crumb is lovely too !  You always have such a signature touch to your breads. Beautiful consistency !!  c