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One of the things that was remarkable about moving into our new place was making a new sourdough starter. We began with flour that had come from our three disparate houses, and that thing bubbled into an absolute sourdough monster in no time at all. Between that, the awesome oven we have, and still more trial and error, I've gotten pretty damn good at making beautiful, tasty white sourdough bread.

A whole grain bread, though, has eluded me for some time. I tried an all-rye recipe a few times, but the loaves were always, if not brick-like, at least somewhat too dense. 100% whole wheat loaves proved equally difficult, even with super-long overnight retards and proofing times, even with added fat. The bread would be dense, grainy, with very little spring if any, and would fall apart when you sliced it or handled it too much.

Finally this weekend I tried this recipe, being careful to watch especially the second video and learn how to properly handle rye flour. I changed a few things - I used white whole wheat flour in place of bread flour, omitted the seeds and the zest, and substituted maple syrup for molasses. I just wanted a tasty whole grain loaf without all the fancy stuff.

Not having a stone cloche baker, I decided to experiment with a technique I picked up from glancing over [livejournal.com profile] meristem's gorgeous Tartine book: baking in a closed cast iron Dutch oven.

The results:












This bread is thick-crusted, with a delicious spongy crumb and a balanced flavor. I am so psyched to make it part of my regular repertoire.

Date: 2012-01-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mangosteen
As someone who has just started down the bread-baking path, I say: "AWSUMMMMM."

Date: 2012-01-09 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosiewoodboat.livejournal.com
Beautiful! For your next loaves you should come over to our place and grind some wheat in our pedal-powered flour mill "The Flour Pedal"!

Image

You're welcome any time.

Date: 2012-01-10 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dietrich.livejournal.com
thank you! And that...is really, really cool.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darxus.livejournal.com
I have that mill. I've been meaning to start looking for stationary bikes well suited to driving it. How did you attach it, did you need to get a custom pulley machined?

Bits and pieces

Date: 2012-01-12 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosiewoodboat.livejournal.com
I machined the pulley and the flywheel, and built the support frame out of aluminum strut. The mill is bolted to a 3/4" thick piece of maple, and this ass'y attaches to the strut using T-nuts. This allows me to tension the belt by slightly slacking the T-bolts and moving the mill.

I can send you some closeups if you want and as the kids say, "I can show you mine" if you want. Drop me an email.

Date: 2012-01-10 04:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivy
Awesome, congratulations!

Date: 2012-01-10 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trowa-barton.livejournal.com
Impressive.
Most impressive.

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