Posts Tagged ‘bread

03
Feb
18

Malted barley sourdough bread

Linking through several gravitars, lead me this site , The Zero Waste Chef(Link)https://zerowastechef.com/2015/09/17/sourdough-bread/

Recent reading on sourdough technics gave way to this loaf. Milling grains for beer, or more accurately crushing malted barley, I tightened up the Victoria mill for a fine grind of barley , that being 120 caramel/crystal malt. This mix will lead to a dark gold color as the barley is roasted, 120 being the color scale measurment of the malt. Just as a side note, this is how your red, porters and stout beers account for their color. The dark roasted grains may be an aquired taste.

https://www.morebeer.com/products/briess-caramel-120l-malt.html

Now I didn’t get the exact measurement of barley in addition to the 1 kg all purpose flour , probably around 1/2 cup, the new technics were to age the soughdough starter AND what’s know as a leven by soaking the grains, the all purpose flour, with water. Sour dough bread is a non yeast bread relying on the starter to provide the fermentation. 

OK, if time is on your side, as this is a long process, that being, the proofing, and temperature plays into the completion of the bread. Experience is the best teacher in this type of baking. My process is harvesting some starter from the crock in the fridge to start, feeding the crock ,before returning into cold storage. 

Now I fed the starter with the barley flour and water and prepared the leven as well. The very active starter didn’t take long to bubble and from prior failed proof of concepts, ( that’s a literal “proof”) with the additive of barley, an overnight soak sounds like a good idea for fussy grains like whole wheat and fresh ground barley malt who seem to take their time absorbing liquids.

The sourdough barley malt starter.

After an overnight stay, Now it’s a simple matter of mixing the starter and the leven. You can see the roasted barley bits in the dough.

Runny very hydrated dough , pre globular !

It’s Alive ! The organism starts to grow and pick up a cohesive texture, turn every hour or so, I find that tilting the bowl to the horizontal and utility a spatula dipped in water will easily fold the entity.

I used the floured towel and bowl method to nest the slow ferment the globular organism.


Several points to consider, the dough stuck to the towel when moved to the Dutch oven, being a pottery one versus cast iron with the bumpy top as result. Internal temp at the finish is 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  The next loaf will be either a lower oven temp or less cover off baking time. 

Several hours later, in the Dutch oven, the result.

A dark crust, crunchy right from the oven the apparent dark grains has a part to play in the finish color.

As apparent by the white dough spots (I split the main ferment into 2 bowls) the leven and starter did not fully mix in some areas, the dough was mixed in kitchen aid bowls and had a flour ball at the bottom, I just let it go. A marble loaf possible using 2 different color dough. The crumb airy and light not like other sours that I have baked that were the dense variety. (Small green fleck is from broccoli 🙂

One trait I notice with the sour ferments is that the crumb has a slight rubbery texture even though no oils were added, not like a slightly grainy finish from yeast/all purpose flour mixes or those with semolina additions.

“The toast test” , nice caramelisation at the edge, tender crunch. I need to improve storage as a plastic bag storage yielded a soft crust the next day. (Actually broiled both sides)


One other ferment  was placed stasis refrigeration, warming up to be nest fermented and baked. 

Taste is a earthy barley background clinging dark malt aftertaste. Do you taste your ingredients? That’s how to become familiar with the different flavours. Taste and smell the flours and grains that you use in recipes. Always have some ferment going on in the house. Fit in the mixing , fermentation, and baking to your schedule and it will become an aquired skill. 

03
Oct
17

Back of the house, hydroponic update

A sunny warm beginning to October, usually cooler in the early hours now, but not that crisp colder fall weather yet.

The DWC hydroponic has produced some greens , flowering brassicas and tat soi , the tomatoes have produced grape like clusters and with the beginning of cool weather pinching back any new growth. A clear type covering to the system in consideration to extend the growing season before it’s brought indoors. The outside limit will be the temperature of course anything near freezing the DWC will moved indoors. More greens should be started indoors.


For all you hydroponic geeks out there, I usually keep the PPM nutrient level now to about 900 to 1200, at the most bi weekly nutrient flush saponin.

Bonus pictures:

A simple chicken salad , Diane’s

Toasted, morning toast with onion, garlic and ginger butter, Good Morning!

window sash

14
Sep
17

Re”PETE” recipe : banana bread

This is a recipe banana bread that was made a second time, https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/banana-bread/

Now it came out a bit lighter and I noticed that the sour cream when mixed with the baking soda bubbled more than the first recipe.

No chocolate chips in this recipe.


02
Sep
17

Baked Fermented Wheat

recent baking…

 

 

13
Jul
17

Italian white bread

 

Baking bread: I looked at this recipe,   https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/italian-white-bread/ the way it was mixed adding the yeast/starter after the bulk of the dough was formed. Of course I had to try it. It may not be spot on with the flours recommended, but I like the results, none the less.

 

(comment: about 2 cups water is what I used for the main flour to water mix and a small amount to proof the yeast about .2 of a pint)

The flours I had available for use (without looking up what durum wheat flour is) were all purpose flour and soft Italian flour, the Tipo 000.

Also used the food processor for mixing versus the stand mixer.

Blending the flours…

The completed dough, nice consistency no additional flour or water needed going by the recipe weight measurements.

After a rise for about 1.5 hours, the last 20 minutes or so in the oven (warmed by just a pilot light).

The dough was formed into loaves, I thought it looked a bit too soft at this stage for the final rise while the oven heated up to about 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

The dough ballooned up more than I expected !

After turning down the heat as recommended, 30 minutes seemed too long for the finish, baked the bread by eye and temperature probe to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature of the loaf. the bevel cut could be deeper the next time.

Airy crumb, not as light as store bought Italian bread but a bit more chew to it.

Overall, I like this recipe and the method.

11
Jul
17

Focaccia with Rosemary and Onion

Not exactly, but just a slight change from this recipe,

https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/focaccia-with-rosemary-and-onion-focaccia-med-rosmarin-og-lk/

Other focaccia type bread made in the past.

https://pmetro.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rosemary-and-garlic-fococcia/

https://pmetro.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/bread-dough-focaccia/

 

White flour, sea salt, semolina flour, and the water/honey proofed yeast.

Flour by weight.

A  recent gift  I am learning to use, a new food processor, mixing the dough in this versus a mixer.

process the dry ingredients together

add the proofed yeast,

Just a couple of pulses and the dough comes together.

hand kneaded for about 5 minutes…

let rise in a bowl for about an hour

Pan roast some garlic

added some parsley (or whatever sprung from my parsley plant outside)

and some slightly ground rosemary

After an hour, the dough is very soft and flexible, stretch  and form into pan with depressions made with your  fingers.

Top with the garlic, rosemary, a bit of parsley, drizzle with olive oil.

Even though is was hot weather , just baked the dough in the oven, 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Though I baked it covered as the recipe indicates, I uncovered it for about the last 5 minutes of cooking.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a thick crust pizza. This focaccia was excellent The semolina gave it  a very soft crumb and crusty base. I would have preferred to have this run under the broiler for a bit of extra crunch.

29
Apr
17

Overnight bread

Yep ! Another bread recipe , this one promises to be as easy as it can get , minimal work just a required mixing for a very sticky dough. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, set it in the fridge overnight, remove, let it sit a hour or two and plop it on a tray.


The bubbling mixture removed from the fridge after it’s overnight stay.


Prepare a well floured sheet pan with parchment. (The dough has been standing at room temperature about 2hours at this point.)

After removing the  wet shaggy dough to the sheet pan, carefully gather it and flip it over , yes this is going to be a rustic style shape. The floured topped dough now goes into a cold oven and baked about 220 centigrade.


The loaf rose somewhat and finished with a classic crunchy crust. Right from the oven I was not impressed with the flavor, but later on it seemed to develop into a better tasting bread. Next day after cutting well through the center into the loaf, the very bottom was a bit under baked and compressed.  I would try this recipe with some soft Italian flour. 

I guess it’s a pretty good bread considering the amount of work that you put into it. No mixer required other than the baker ! It will get a repeat try since I’m always looking for different recipe varyations of our daily bread. Somewhat similar to other  quick and easy dough recipes.  Culled from the Recipe Reminising web site titled Lazy Lady Loaf. Just flour, yeast water and salt. 

BTW.. Try to minimize the amount of flour on the sheet pan before baking… Some smokey bakery like odor will result.

Lazy Lady Loaf (Actually from the Devondale web site.)




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