I used a mix of AP, freshly milled whole wheat and rye along with some rye chops and cracked wheat for added texture.
The addition of the olive oil helped soften the crumb a bit and the toasted onions added a nice subtle onion flavor.
The final bread came out very tasty with a fairly open crumb and thick crust. The only issue I had was the bottom crust was a little gummy which may have been caused from overproofing the dough but I’m not sure. I almost never have this issue so hopefully it was an aberration. Fortunately, the bread still tasted great. If there wasn’t snow on the ground I would fire up the grill and throw some slices on with olive oil, garlic and fresh mozzarella.
Enjoy…..can’t wait for the next 2 snow storms this week………NOT 🙂
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Mix all the Levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit at room temperature for around 8-12 hours or until the starter is nice and bubbly.
Either use in the main dough immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day before using.
Main Dough Procedure
Mix the levain by dissolving the liquid starter in the water, then add the flours and mix well. Ferment at room temperature, covered tightly, until the surface is bubbly and wrinkled. (8-12 hours)
Add onions to water and let sit for 5 minutes to rehydrate. Add water mixture to flour and mix for 1 minute or less. Cover and autolyse for 30 minutes.
Add the rest of ingredients and mix to incorporate for 3 minutes. Transfer to a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly.
Bulk ferment for 3 hours with stretch and folds in the bowl every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours, then a stretch and fold on the board after 2.5 hours. The dough should have expanded by about 50% and be full of small bubbles. Refrigerate the dough for 18-24 hours.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and transfer it to a lightly floured board. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and pre-shape as a round. Cover the dough and allow to rest for 60 minutes.
Next, shape as batards and proof for 45 minutes, covered.
Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 550 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.
After 5 minute lower the temperature to 450 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.
(NOTE: I updated formula to correct missing AP flour in main dough.)