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Community Bake Durum Bread

Isand66's picture

Community Bake Durum Bread



I love making bread with durum flour and especially when I can mill it myself.  Here is my most recent bake done for the current Community Bake.

I just ran out of Durum berries recently and was happy to find some at a reasonable price on Amazon.  Usually the shipping charges to New York from other sites are astronomical, but since I was able to use Amazon Prime it was free.


For this bake the durum was 39% of the total flour along with KAF Bread Flour and fresh milled whole wheat. I like to add olive oil to durum breads as I find it really makes the dough nice and silky.


I have been experimenting with some new sifting techniques and used a #40 drum sieve. I re-milled the sifted out bran and eventually ended up with an 885 extraction flour for the Durum and 84% for the whole wheat.


I probably could have left this one bake a few more minutes as the crumb was a little moister than it should have been. Overall this one came out pretty good and had tons of durum flavor, perfect for sandwiches or grilled bread.





Here is the link to the BreadStorm files:


Levain Directions


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.   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 water for about 1 minute.  Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.  Next add the levain, olive oil and salt and mix on low for 4 minutes.  (Note: with the Ankarsrum I adjusted the speed from low to medium).  You should end up with a cohesive dough that is slightly tacky but very manageable.  (Note:  if you are not using fresh milled flours you may want to cut back on the water).  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 set to 79 degrees F. 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 it 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 455 degrees.  Bake for 35-50 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.





Bonus Purple Sweet Potato Pretzel Rolls



pmccool's picture

Can’t say that I’ve ever seen pretzel rolls made with anything other than white flour.  How does the sweet potato flavor play with the pretzel flavor?


Isand66's picture

The sweet potato adds moisture but doesn’t really add flavor in my opinion.  I used bread flour and All Clear flour.  I’ve started to add some butter to the mix which makes the dough a little softer as well.

Benito's picture

The crumb looks great as does the crust.  I was a bit confused reading your directions as it mentions eggs but your charts do not, I’m assuming that you copied your directions from another recipe that had eggs in it?  Anyhow, I bet the freshly milled durum really amps up the flavour of the semolina and the sesame seeds crust just adds so much to the flavour.

Great bakes.


Isand66's picture

Appreciate you pointing out my mistake in forgetting to update the copy.  I fixed it now.  It was actually picked up from the other Durum post I did that's on the cover.

Glad you liked the bake.  I hope you try milling your own flour at some point.  Once you start it's hard to go back.  I still use bread flour and AP since you can't mill that yourself and still like adding it in with the fresh milled variety.

Happy Baking!