It turned out I had written down the correct quantities in my previous blog about this bread. This time I used 350 g of whole wheat flour and 100 g of all purpose flour (other ingredients being the same). However, in my focused state to write down the correct flour measurements, I forgot to add salt to the flours. I realized this when I had a ball of dough. So I dissolved the salt in 11 g of water, figuring that it would assimilate better in a dissolved state and kneaded it in as best as I could. The previous attempt indicated that the dough was a little too much for my cast iron combo cooker, I made two loaves this time, one to gift and one for home.
|Mixed, but stickier than previous attempt|
|Shaped into two batards, the larger one for the combo cooker|
|The smaller loaf proofed in a cast iron loaf pan|
|Proofed, slashed and glazed with sesame seeds|
|Proofed quite a bit...|
|...so I reshaped it|
|Ten minutes after reshaping, slashed and glazed with sesame seeds|
|In the pre-heated combo cooker, ready for the oven|
|Out of the oven and looking good|
|The bottom side|
The small loaf sliced well but slices were small for sandwiches. We mostly had them with soups. When I first tasted the heel, it was salty, but RH said his slice was fine, the next slice over was fine too. It is highly likely the salt didn't mix very well.
Date: June 10, 2011
Recipe: Rose Levy Beranbaum's 'The Bread Bible'
Flours: Whole wheat, all purpose flour and a little rye flour
Bread specific ingredients: Flaxseeds (cracked)
Sweetener used: Honey
First rise time: 60 mins
Proofing time: 50 mins
Comments: Remember the salt at the right time. I think this recipe works better as two loaves. I baked for about the same time as the previous attempt, but because the dough was split, it cooked better. The pre-heated combo cooker seemed to give better results than the cold loaf pan, but placing dough in the hot pan, and then putting the very heavy, hot pan in the oven, and placing the hot lid on it without losing too much oven heat is still scary.