The other night I cranked up the charcoal grill and smoked some nice juicy pork chops with some red beans for dinner. I didn’t want to waste what was left of the nice smokey fire so I roasted a bunch of yellow potatoes and what better use for them but in a bread. I had some left over roasted corn so I figured I might as well make use of that as well.
I decided at the last-minute to add some organic cracked wheat. The best way to add this ingredient is to soak it for about 10 minutes in boiling water so it becomes soft. It ends up soaking up a lot of the water so it’s important to include that in the overall hydration of the dough. I ended up adding too much liquid to this dough and it was extremely wet at 77%. The final result was bread with an excellent crust and open moist crumb but the bread ended ups little flat.
15 ounces 65% Hydration Starter Refreshed
5 ounces Whole Wheat (I use King Arthur Flour)
12 ounces French Style Flour from KAF (or All Purpose Flour)
2 ounces Spelt Flour
2 ounces Organic Cracked Wheat
5 ounces Roasted Potatoes (I smashed them up and left most of the skin on for some added flavor)
3.5 ounces Cheddar Cheese (I shredded the cheese)
1 Tablespoon Freeze dried chives, but feel free to use fresh ones
2.2 ounces Roasted Corn
19 ounces Luke warm water, 90 degrees Fahrenheit
2 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
From the total 19 ounces of water, bring 8 ounces to a boil and add the cracked wheat. Let that sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Using your stand mixer or by hand, mix the remaining water with the starter to break up the starter.
Add the flours and potatoes and mix on the lowest speed for 1 minute. Now add the cracked wheat with the remainder of the water and mix for 1 minute. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and mix for 3 minutes on medium speed. Now add the chives and the cheese and mix for 1 minute more. The dough will be very wet. If you prefer to work with a firmer dough you can add some additional flour, but I left this one very wet.
Remove dough to your lightly floured work surface and do about 10 stretch and folds with a dough scraper or your hands but keep them oiled or wet. Form the dough into a ball and let it rest uncovered for 10 minutes.
Do a stretch and fold and form into a ball again and cover with a clean moist cloth or oiled plastic wrap. Let it rest for another 10 – 15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold. The dough should start to develop some gluten at this point. Let it rest covered again.
After another 10 minutes do another stretch and fold and put into a lightly oiled bowl that has enough room so the dough can double overnight.
Let the dough sit at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours and then put in your refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 3 days.
When ready to bake the bread, take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Now shape the dough as desired on a floured work surface being careful not to handle the dough too roughly so you don’t de-gas it.
Let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours covered with oiled plastic wrap or a wet cloth.
Pre-heat oven with baking stone (I use one on bottom and one on top shelf of my oven), to 500 degrees F.
Pour 1 cup of very hot water into pan and place loaves into oven.
Lower oven to 450 Degrees and bake for 25 – 35 minutes until bread is golden brown and internal temperature reaches 200 degrees. Leave the loaves in your oven with the door cracked for 5 minutes longer with the oven off. After 5 minutes remove them from the oven and place on your cooling rack. Try to resist the temptation to cut into the bread until they have cooled sufficiently.
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