I have made several breads with this long autolyse technique in the past and I’m always happy with the well developed flavor and open crumb it produces. By adding the porridge element and upping the hydration it really created a wonderfully moist and open crumb. The toasted grains really came through in the flavor department as well. This is definitely one worth baking again.
Note, you don’t need to use the new Jumbo Size Kitchen Aid mixer to get the same results I did :). (This was actually on display at the Housewares Show in Chicago last weekend).
Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.
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.
Toast the grains in your pot for about 3-5 minutes until they are nice and “toasty”. Be careful not to burn them though.
Add about 3/4’s of the heavy cream called for in the porridge to the dry ingredients in a small pot set to low and stir constantly until all the cream is absorbed. Add the remainder of the cream 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 made mine the night before mixing the final dough.
Main Dough Procedure
Using ice water, mix the flours and the water for about 1 minute just until they are combined into a rough dough. No need to over-mix at this point. Cover the dough and put in your refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
The next day add the levain cut up into pieces, porridge and salt and mix for around 4-5 minutes until incorporated. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl or rising bucket and do stretch and folds every 30 minutes until you reach 2 hours. Place the dough into the refrigerator in your covered bowl and let it sit for 24 hours.
The next day 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 the loaf in the oven, 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.