The Levain build for this was 2:2:1 flour, water & starter. I set this up at about 6am and mixed the dough at noon.
Levain: 100g King Arthur AP flour 100g King Arthur whole wheat flour 200g water 100g Starter, peaking
I milled the wheat berries then mixed the flours, & malt with 1560g of the water at about 10:30am, and let it autolyse until noon. At noon I added Levain with 40g water, then 15 minutes later the salt, and another 50g water before dumping it into a tub for the bulk rise.
Bulk rise was 4.5 hours with stretch & folds every half hour except for the last hour. Three of these were coil folds–a technique I learned from [Full Proof Baking].(https://www.instagram.com/fullproofbaking/) Bench rest after pre-shaping was an hour, then I popped them into the fridge for a 12-hour rest before baking in the morning.
The bake was 20 minutes covered at 500, then 8 minutes uncovered before dropping the temp to 450 for 15 minutes. I tented the loaves with foil for that last 15 minutes to keep the char under control.
Overall I’m hapy with these. They are tender, and have a reasonably open crumb for a loaf with such a high percentage of whole grain. And they taste fantastic!
13% Type 85 wheat 6% organic medium white rye .2% malted barley flour 79% King Arthur bread flour 81% hydration
These loaves are milder than the past several due to a smaller percentage of whole grain. I kept the hydration high (because I’m a showoff) and the result is a tender, and very open crumb.
I’ve been on a quest to get better at the basics for a while now. My focus is always on the flavor and texture that each change in grain mix brings. I’m working to build that knowledge into a reflex before I go back to the additions of some of my earlier breads.
I’ll get back to more freshly milled whole grains next week. I’ve got some kamut I’d like to try so look out for that.
Today’s Quarantine stress-bake is testing the Sifted Artisan Blend from Janies Mill. It’s a blend of Glenn, and Warthog wheat that is milled and sifted to 80% extraction. This loaf I also milled some Colorado Windy White hard white wheat berries from Grains From the Plains to balance the flavor a bit.
20% Janies Mill Sifted Artisan 20% Milled white whole wheat 60% King Arthur Organic bread flour 85% hydration