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Sweet Potato Multi-grain Bread

11 Apr

I’ve made bread with sweet potatoes before, but I have to say this is my best one yet.  Moist and flavorful there’s not much to complain about on this one.

I used a combo of freshly ground flours as well as Caputo 00 type flour.  The cottage cheese, eggs and roasted sweet potatoes created a moist and flavorful bread.

Note: Water content of whole eggs is 80 grams, Cottage Cheese 81 grams, Sweet Potatoes 145 grams for a total of 306 grams.  This was not included in the formula so the hydration of this bread is much higher than listed.

Formula

Download the BreadStorm File Here.

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.

Either use in the main dough immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day before using.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flours, roasted sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, eggs and 200 grams of 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 20-30 minutes up to an hour.  Next add the salt, starter (cut into about 7-8 pieces), walnut oil and water (as needed) and mix on low for 5 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 200 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.

Chocolate Cottage Cheese Tangzhong 00 Sourdough

4 Apr

I promised my wife last month that I would make her a version of a chocolate bread she saw posted from a bakery on-line.  I finally had a chance to bake my version.  I wanted to make a soft moist bread with plenty of flavor and several different types of chocolate.

I chose a version of a Tangzhong bread I’ve made in the past and used cottage cheese instead of ricotta and milk instead of buttermilk.

This ended up being a very wet dough but it created a wonderful open and moist crumb chock full of chocolate goodness.  The dough was perfectly developed and sprung up wonderfully high in the oven when baked.

Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.

 

 

Tangzhong is the technique of heating a portion of the flour and liquid in your recipe to approximately 65C to make a paste (roux).  At this temperature the flour undergoes a change and gelatinizes.  By adding this roux to your final dough it will help create a soft, fluffy, moist open crumb.  It is also supposed to help prevent the bread from going stale.

It is not very difficult to do a Tangzhong.  Use a  5 to 1 liquid to solid ratio (so 250g liquid to 50g flour) and mix it together in a pan.  Heat the pan while stirring constantly.  Initially it will remain a liquid, but as you approach 65C it will undergo a change and thicken to an almost pudding like consistency.  Take it off the heat and let it cool before using it in your recipe.  Some people will refrigerate it for a while but you can use it right away as soon as it cools.

Levain Directions  (Using AP Starter at 66% Hydration for Seed)

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 used my Proofer set at 81 degrees and it took about 4 hours.

Main Dough Directions
Prepare the Tangzhong per directions above and allow to cool to room temperature.

Mix the flours, Tangzhong, milk 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 one hour or longer.  Next add the salt, butter, egg, oil, cheese and starter (cut into about 7-8 pieces), and  mix on low for a minute.   Mix for a total of 6 minutes in your mixer starting on low-speed and working your way up to speed #3 for the last 2 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.  On the last stretch and fold, gently add the chocolate a little at a time and fold it into the dough until fully incorporated.  After a total of 2 hours place your covered bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for 12 to 24 hours.

When you are ready to bake remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let it set out at room temperature still covered for 1/2 hour.  Remove the dough and cut into 2 equal size pieces and form into  loose rounds.  Let it sit covered for around 15-30 minutes.  Do your final shaping and place into your baskets or couche.   Let the dough proof in your proofer set at 78 degrees for 1.5 hours or on your counter for 1.5 – 2 hours until the dough has risen about 50%.  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.

Next 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 35 minutes until the crust is nice and brown.

Take the breads out of the oven when done and let them cool on a bakers rack for as long as you can resist before digging in.  This is a good bread to eat warm with the chocolate still melting.

 

Cottage Cheese Porridge Bread

16 May

MainI have been trying to shed a few pounds gained over the long torturous winter so I have been trying to eat much healthier.  Last week I bought some all natural cottage cheese from Whole Foods under the Nancy’s Cottage Cheese brand.  I usually buy Breakstones 2% which I enjoy but I have to say this all natural one tasted a lot different and has a strong sour taste to it.  Not to my liking for eating, but perfect for a bread.

This porridge bread turned out nice and moist with a nice sour undertone from the starter and cottage cheese.  I brought one of the loaves to work this week and everyone seemed to love this one.

Since I’m a big fan of onions I used some dehydrated toasted onions and soaked them in the water before adding to the mix.  I used some mushroom and sage flavored olive oil to add a little something extra.

I was very happy with the way this one turned out and hope you give it a try.

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Cottage Cheese Porridge Bread (%)

Cottage Cheese Porridge Bread (weights)

Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.

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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 used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours.  You can use it immediately in the final dough or let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.

Porridge Directions

Add about 3/4’s of the water called for in the porridge to the dry ingredients in a small pot set to low and stir constantly until all the water is absorbed.  Add the remainder of the water and keep stirring until you have a nice creamy and soft porridge.  Remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature before adding to the dough.  I put mine in the refrigerator and let it cool quicker.

 Main Dough Procedure

Add the toasted onions to the water and stir.  Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to become re-hydrated.  Next, mix the flours  and the water with onions for about 1 minute.  Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.  Next add the levain, cooled porridge, cottage cheese, olive oil and salt and mix on low for 4 minutes and speed #2 for another 2 minutes or by hand for about 6 minutes.   You should end up with a cohesive dough that is slightly tacky but very manageable.  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.  (Since I used my proofer I only let the dough sit out for 1.5 hours before refrigerating).

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.

The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature and will only rise about 1/3 it’s size at most.  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 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.

Crumb

Sprouted Wheat Cottage Cheese Onion Rolls

21 Dec

Closupe1    Holy Sprouted Wheat Batman!  There is something about sprouted wheat that adds a softness and creaminess to the crumb that is hard to describe unless you try it for yourself.

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The last bake that I used sprouted whole wheat flour in came out great but I only used around 30% sprouted flour.  This time I upped the ante and used 50% sprouted flour and it worked great.  Of course I had to add some onions, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese to bring these bad boys over the top.

I hope you give this recipe a try if you can get your hands on some sprouted whole wheat flour, or better yet do what I did and sprout and grind it yourself.

Formula

Sprouted Wheat Cottage Cheese Onion Rolls (%)

Sprouted Wheat Cottage Cheese Onion Rolls (weights)

Here is the link to download the BreadStorm .Bun file.

Directions

Mix the dehydrated onions with the water and let it sit for about 10 minutes to soften up.

Mix flours with the yeast to combine.  Next add remainder of the ingredients except the Parmesan cheese and mix on low for 6 minutes.
Now you can add the shredded Parmesan cheese and mix for about 1 minute to make sure it is thoroughly incorporated into the dough.

Take the dough out of your mixer and form it into a ball and place in a well oiled bowl or dough rising bucket and immediately place it in the refrigerator overnight.

On baking day, take the dough out of your refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for around twenty minutes to get the chill off.

Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape into rolls as desired and place on a baking sheet.  Cover with a moist tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with vegetable spray and let proof at room temperature for around 1 hour until the rolls start to get puffy and when poked with your finger the indent springs back slowly.

Around 30 minutes before ready to bake the rolls, pre-heat your oven to 525 degrees and prepare your oven for steam as well.  I use a heavy-duty pan in the bottom shelf of my oven and pour 1 cup of boiling water in right before placing the rolls in the oven.

Right before you are ready to bake the rolls apply an egg wash and sprinkle shredded Parmesan on top of each roll.

Bake the rolls at 450 degrees for the first 5 minutes and lower the oven to 425 degrees until they are nice and brown.

These should take about 25 minutes to cook thoroughly.  When done  let them cool on wire rack for at least half an hour before digging in if you can wait that long.

Crumb

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Cottage Cheese Rolled Oat Rolls

26 May

My first intention was to make some hamburger and hot dog buns, but as usual I couldn’t resist the temptation to be more creative.  These rolls really didn’t turn out ideal for its original purpose, but they do taste real good none the less.

I usually don’t use yeast anymore in most of my baking since I prefer to use my sourdough starter, but in this case my starter was not ready for duty so I used instant yeast and a long cold slumber in the refrigerator to develop some nice flavors.

The end result was nice semi-soft roll with a nice crumb and simple clean flavor.  These rolls make great sandwiches and go well with a smear of cream cheese or butter!

Ingredients

453 grams Bread Flour (KAF is my brand of choice)

200 grams Whole Wheat Flour (KAF Organic)

80 grams Rolled Oats

155 grams Cottage Cheese Drained (I used 2%)

11 grams Olive Oil

55 grams Egg Yolks (about 3 yolks depending on your egg size)

405 grams Water (90 degrees F.)

7 grams Instant Yeast (If you have Active Yeast you need to convert from Instant and increase the amount.  You will also need to activate the yeast in the water first if you don’t use Instant Yeast.  Instant Yeast does not require any activation and can be mixed with the dry or wet ingredients)

11 grams Blue Agave sweetener (Feel free to substitute honey or molasses if desired)

14 grams Table salt or sea salt

Directions

Mix the flours and oats with the water for 1 minute in your mixer or by hand in your work bowl.  Let it sit covered for 1 hour to autolyse.

After an hour mix in the cottage cheese, eggs, oil, yeast, agave and salt and mix on speed 2 on your mixer for 4 minutes or by hand.

Take the dough out of the bowl and place on your work surface.  Knead it by hand for 1 minute and form it into a ball.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes do a stretch and fold from all sides and form it into a ball again.  Let it rest another 10 minutes and then do 1 additional stretch and fold and immediately put it in a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover the bowl and put it in your refrigerator for 1-3 days.

When you are ready to make your rolls take the dough out of the refrigerator and keep it in its bowl at room temperature for 1.5 –  2 hours.  After its rest it is time to shape the rolls or baguettes or Boules, etc.  I decided to make rolls and mini baguettes.    Cut the dough into 3 oz. pieces and form round rolls making sure each roll is nice and tight. or form into small rectangle and roll into mini baguettes.  Place rolls on cookie sheet and cover the rolls with a clean lint free towel sprayed with water or a piece of plastic wrap lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Let the rolls rest at room temperature for 2 hours or until they are at least 1.5 the size.

I was going to use an egg wash which would have been a nice idea had I not been trying to cook dinner and prepare another dough for today, so unfortunately that step was omitted.  Feel free to use an egg wash and add some seeds or bran flakes etc. for that nice finishing touch.

Around 30 minutes before baking the rolls, prepare your oven and pre-heat at 425 degrees.  I used my usual set-up for steam and added 1 cup of boiling water to a pan on the bottom shelf but for rolls you could omit this step and you will get softer rolls if that is what you desire.

It should take around 20-25 minutes to bake the rolls and they should be nice and brown on the bottom and top.  When done, let them cool on a wire rack and enjoy.This post has been submitted to Yeast Spotting at http://www.wildyeastblog.com/category/yeastspotting.

Enjoy!