Red Sweet Potato Bread
I love adding sweet potatoes to bread. I have to admit I thought I had roasted some purple sweet potatoes which I love to use to add that beautiful purple color to the bread. As it turns out I had roasted some red purple potatoes which are actually much tastier to eat by themselves. They don't add a lot of color but are do add a nice amount of moisture and spring to the crumb.
I also added some freshly ground purple corn that I had sprouted several weeks ago and some freshly ground whole wheat. I sifted both flours once with my #40 sieve which I find gives me a much better overall bread.
The crumb on this one was a bit closed which could have been due to some over proofing since my wife was baking cookies and kind of through my timing off. Anyway, the taste was excellent and the rolls are perfect for burgers or sandwiches as well.
Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.
Mix all the levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit at room temperature for around 7-8 hours or until the starter has doubled. I used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours. You can use it immediately in the final dough or let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.
Main Dough Procedure
Mix the flours and the sweet potato with 90% of the water for about 1 minute. Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour. Next add the levain, olive oil, salt and the balance of the water and mix on low for 5 minutes. Remove the dough from your bowl and place it in a lightly oiled bowl or work surface and do several stretch and folds. Let it rest covered for 10-15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold. Let it rest another 10-15 minutes and do one additional stretch and fold. After a total of 2 hours place your covered bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for 12 to 24 hours. (Since I used my proofer I only let the dough sit out for 1.5 hours before refrigerating).
When you are ready to bake remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let it set out at room temperature still covered for 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove the dough and shape as desired.
The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature and will only rise about 1/3 it's size at most. Let the dough dictate when it is read to bake not the clock.
Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 540 degrees F. and prepare it for steam. I have a heavy-duty baking pan on the bottom rack of my oven with 1 baking stone on above the pan and one on the top shelf. I pour 1 cup of boiling water in the pan right after I place the dough in the oven.
Right before you are ready to put them in the oven, score as desired and then add 1 cup of boiling water to your steam pan or follow your own steam procedure.
Lower the temperature to 450 degrees. Bake for 25-35 minutes until the crust is nice and brown and the internal temperature of the bread is 205 degrees.
Take the bread out of the oven when done and let it cool on a bakers rack before for at least 2 hours before eating.
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