#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm is hosting and she wrote: "Bake a bread that features heart healthy whole grains."
If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to Stacy at email@example.com.
Here's the whole grain line-up...
- Zesty South Indian Kitchen: Einkorn and Spelt Whole Wheat Flour Sourdough Bread
- Passion Kneaded: Marble Wheat Loaf
- Magical Ingredients: Multigrain Carrot Rolls
- The Wimpy Vegetarian: Oatmeal Rolls with Molasses
- Making Miracles: Seedy Soft Sandwich Bread
- Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Sourdough Boules with Quinoa, Oats, and Sprouted Seeds
- Food Lust People Love: Sourdough Sprouted Spelt Blini
- Sneha's Recipe: Spelt Banana Bread
- A Messy Kitchen: Sweet Wheat Braid
- Karen's Kitchen Stories: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- A Day in the Life on the Farm: Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
- Ambrosia: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
Twenty-Five Percent Rye Sourdough Boules
For years - I mean years! - I have avoided making sourdough bread. Something about the whole harvesting native bacteria from the air to create the starter just made me start twitching with anxiety. Then a friend gifted me some starter. So, if this shelter-in-place has taught me anything, it's that I can bake sourdough bread. Don't get me wrong: the first six loaves were bricks. Like doorstop kinda bricks. You can read more about this sourdough journey: my so-called Adventures of Dough-Ba Fett.
Over the pandemic - all fourteen months of it - I have been baking and I have achieved delicious and beautiful consistency. Once I felt confident with my initial recipe, I started to play. I've substituted rye flour for the whole wheat, reduced my hydration even more, started preheating the oven for longer. This certainly isn't a wholly rye bread, but I think that there are some rye characteristics that come through. My standard loaf is ten percent rye. For this event, I upped it to twenty-five percent rye. Then I added in cooked quinoa grains, raw rolled oats, and sprouted seeds for a toothy, wholesome loaf.
- 200 grams sourdough starter (recently fed)
- 600 grams warm water + 50 grams warm water
- 750 grams all-purpose flour + more as needed
- 250 grams rye flour
- 20 grams salt
- 8 Tablespoons cooked quinoa
- 8 Tablespoons raw rolled oats
- 8 Tablespoons mixed sprouted seeds
- rice flour for sprinkling in Dutch oven
- Also needed: banneton proofing baskets or bowls lined with floured tea towels, Dutch ovens
Place 200 grams starter in the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Pour in 600 grams warm water. Add in the flours. Use your hands to blend everything together so that all of the flour is moistened. Let stand for 40 minutes.
At the end of 40 minutes, pour in another 50 grams of warm water. Add in the 20 grams of salt and gently knead the dough until the water is completely absorbed.
Now I start the folds: rotating 90 degrees four times every thirty minutes for 4 hours. On the hour - so four times during folding - I added 2 Tablespoons each of cooked quinoa, rolled oats, and sprouted seeds.
I run my hand under warm water, grab one side of the dough and pull from underneath, folding it over the top of the ball. Rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat. Rotate. Repeat. And a fourth time so that the bowl has completed a full circle.
By the end of the 4 hours, the dough should be billowy and increased in volume...and chock full of the whole grain deliciousness!
Lightly flour a workspace and use a dough scraper to divide the dough ball in half. Transfer the dough balls to the work surface. Lightly flour the banneton or towel-lined bowl. I used a combination of all-purpose and rye for this loaf. Note that these folding photos are to show you the technique; they are actually from a different batch of bread!
Now I repeat the folds, but with dry hands to shape the boules while creating tension in the top. Or, my lovely kitchen assistant does it so I can take photos of the process.
Keep the floured side of the ball down and fold from top to bottom four times while rotating the dough. This keeps the sticky side inside.
Flip the ball over and work the dough into a tight round. Let stand for 15 minutes. Repeat three times.
Now you proof. I typically put the dough in the fridge and leave it there till I'm ready to bake. For these boules, I left them in the fridge for 24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the empty Dutch ovens (bottoms only) into the oven. When the oven reaches temperature - an in-oven thermometer is very, very helpful - let the oven stay at 500 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
After the preheating, remove the Dutch ovens and reduce the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Lightly flour the inside of the ovens with a sprinkling of rice flour. Gently pull the dough away from the sides of the banneton and invert into the Dutch oven.
Place the lid on the Dutch oven and return the pots carefully to the hot oven. Bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, carefully remove the lid and return the pots to the oven again. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
That's a wrap for our whole grain breads. The #BreadBakers will be back with Surprise-Inside Breads with Kelly of Passion Kneaded is hosting. Hmmm...I am going to have to put on my thinking cap and do lots and lots of testing for that one.