Archive | October, 2016

Spelt-Rye-WW Sourdough

29 Oct

dsc_0044    This is another version of the Pain au levain I made a few weeks ago but I changed up the flours using some spelt and high gluten flour.  I made 1 batard with about half of the dough and 2 baguettes with the remainder.

I didn’t include any photos of the baguettes this time since they are still a work in progress and even though it’s almost Halloween I didn’t want to scare everyone.  The crumb and taste was perfect but my scoring and the color was not pretty.

The batard came out great with a nice crumb for sandwiches and toast.  You can taste the nutty addition of the spelt flour in the final bread and it really added a nice additional layer of flavor.

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Download the BreadStorm File Here.

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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.  I usually do this the night before.  Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flours,  and 400 grams of the water together in your mixer or by hand until it just starts to come together, maybe about 1 minute.  Let it rest in your work bowl covered for 60 minutes or longer.  I actually left it for around 2.5 hours.  Next add the salt, starter (cut into about 7-8 pieces), and balance of the water, and mix on low for 6 minutes.  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.  (If you have a proofer you can set it to 80 degrees and follow above steps but you should be finished in 1 hour to 1.5 hours).

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.   Place your dough into your proofing basket(s) and cover with a moist tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray.  The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature.  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 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 1 minute lower the temperature to 450 degrees.  Bake for 25-35 minutes until the crust is nice and brown and the internal temperature of the bread is 210 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.

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Butternut Squash Spelt WW Bread

21 Oct

dsc_0108I had never used squash in my bread baking before and didn’t know how it would effect the end result.  I only used a small amount of leftover roasted butternut squash that I mashed up with a spoon before adding to the final dough.

I have to say it really added a nice nutty and slightly sweet flavor coupled with the maple syrup I added.  The freshly milled WW flour and Spelt which were both sifted once along with the other additions turned out a moist and flavorful bread.  I brought one of the loaves into my office today and everyone told me they loved it.

This is one that is worth trying for sure.

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Formula

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Download the BreadStorm File Here.

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Levain Directions Build 1

Mix the Levain ingredients together for build 1 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.

Levain Directions Build 2

Add the remaining flour and water and mix until incorporated.  Let it sit at room temperature until doubled.  Use in the main dough right away or refrigerate overnight.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flours and water together in your mixer or by hand until it just starts to come together, maybe about 1 minute.  Let it rest in your work bowl covered for 1-2 hours.  Next add the salt, starter (cut into about 7-8 pieces), squash (mashed up) and maple syrup and mix on low for 6 minutes.  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.  (If you have a proofer you can set it to 80 degrees and follow above steps but you should be finished in 1.5 hours).

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.   Place your dough into your proofing basket(s) and cover with a moist tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray.  The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature.  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 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 1 minute lower the temperature to 450 degrees.  Bake for 25-35 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.

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Pain au Levain Baguettes with WW Alfanso Style

8 Oct

dsc_0043It’s been a while since my last baguette bake and I’ve always admired the beauties coming out of fellow TFL baker Alfanso’s oven.

I decided to give his formula adapted from master baker Jeffrey Hamelman a go.  I only changed up a few things by using KAF French style flour instead of bread flour and I also used fresh whole wheat I milled myself.  The other things I changed were using a bulk ferment of the dough overnight in the refrigerator and also using my mixer on low for a nice 6 minute ride around the bowl.  I then did stretch and folds at 3 intervals over a 2 hour period before putting it in the refrigerator to sleep until the next evening.  I followed my normal procedure of letting the dough rest in my proofer set at 79 degrees for 1 hour.  I then pre-shaped into rounds, let them rest for 15 minutes, finished shaping and let them rest in a couche for about an hour before baking.

My shaping didn’t come out all that bad.  Could still use a bit of practice so I guess I need to make baguettes more often :0.

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The taste was fantastic with a nice sour tang and a nutty flavor from the whole wheat and small percentage of rye.  I couldn’t be more happy with the crumb on this one as it was as open as you can ask for without going overboard.

I will definitely be making this one again and probably changing up some of the flour combinations in the future as well.

Thanks Alfanso for your inspiration and advice.

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Spelt Durum Cheese English Muffins Grande Size

1 Oct

dsc_0076  I had not made English Muffins in quite some time, so I opened up a recipe from the last time I baked them and modified it with what I had on hand.  I ran out of Greek Yogurt so I substituted some Buttermilk and probably added a little bit too much in the process.  The dough was a little wetter than it should have been, but in the end the flavor was amazing.  The addition of the freshly ground Spelt and Durum flours along with the onions and cheese made this one of my favorite English Muffin bakes to date.

I used the biggest cutter I had and once these bad boys hit the cooker they puffed up like nobodies business!  I ended up with some Super Sized muffins, but boy are they tasty.  Perfect with some butter or cream cheese or as a bun for a cheese burger.

The addition of the buttermilk just served to make the flavor of these even better and highly recommend you give these a try.

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FORMULA

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You can download the BreadStorm formula here:

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Directions

Mix flour, starter, water, buttermilk, onions and yogurt in your mixing bowl and mix for 1-2 minutes to combine.

Cover the bowl and let it sit out at room temperature overnight or for at least 9-10 hours.

The next morning add the rest of the ingredients and mix for a minute.  Knead the dough either with your mixer or by hand for around 4 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary.  Next roll out the dough to about 3/4″ thickness on your work surface.  You will have to put some bench flour on the work surface to prevent the dough from sticking.  Using  4″ biscuit cutter or can, cut the muffins out and place on a pan lined with parchment paper dusted with corn meal or semolina flour.  You should end up with 10-12 muffins.  If necessary you can combine the scraps and roll out again but you may need to let it rest before rolling.

Cover the muffins with a clean misted or floured towel and let rest for 1 hour at room temperature.

Heat your griddle or heavy skillet to medium or around 350 degrees  and when ready to cook spray some cooking spray on the cooking surface before placing the English Muffins in the pan.

Cover the pan to create some steam and let cook for around 5 minutes or until the bottoms are nice and brown.  Flip and cook another 5 minutes and remove to a baking rack to cool.

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Lexi and Max–waiting for their English Muffins