“ye olde bread blogge” is currently in a dormant state with randomized sudden sparks of activity flashing up every now and then (most of the time not, alas).
The reason is that I need to find something out in my life. I bake, and I am fine, but are not in a blog-writing mood at the moment. You can subscribe to this blog and be notified when something happens here by typing in your e-mail address on the bottom right of this page. Or visit this blog every now and then. Happy baking!
I have been neglecting this blog for quite a while. I hope get things back on track as soon as possible. Happy baking.
Chnurzelbrot is a twisted Swiss loaf. It has a lot of crust and an open crumb. The heavy dusting of rye flour adds an intense malty aroma to the crust.
- 135g strong white flour, US: All-purpose flour
- 15g whole-wheat flour
- 3g fresh yeast
- 150g water
Mix and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature
- 150g strong white flour, US: All-purpose flour
- 60g warm water
- 6g sea salt
Mix to a smooth dough, let rise covered for 90 minutes and fold once after 45 minutes. Loosely shape into a thick sausage and dust heavily with rye flour. Let rest for 20 minutes, covered. Then shape oblong using lots of rye flour and tiwst. Prove for 45 minutes.
Bake at 250°C for 10 minutes with steam, then reduce heat to 220°C and bake for further 25-30 minutes.
This is to announce the publcation of my collection of bread recipes as Kindle eBook on Amazon. Hooray. Kindle’s display is a bit different to other electronic documents you view with Acrobat Reader or the web browser. It has the look and feel of real paper and is hugely successful in the USA. So I am happy to have a Kindle book now!
Strangely, adding coarsely ground grains makes for a more active dough and a well-aaerated crumb. The dough for this loaf is simply made from rye sourdough (150g, made with whole-rye flour), a spelt-pumpkin-seed soaker (250g in total, using 150g coarsely ground spelt grains) and 250g medium rye flour, salt, yeast and additional water. As with all loaves that include a considerable amount of coarse meals, there is an extra mixing time of about 5-10 minutes at the end of the first rest. Next time will add more grain chunks and perhaps I will have a loaf such as the beauties on the site of Steinofenbäcker – a very good bakery that sells moist and grainy breads and excellent fruit bread as well.
Today the postwoman handed me a heavy parcel that had a “Royal Mail” sticker on it. I opened the neatly packed parcel very quickly to find that inside was Gill’s “Cotswold Orchard Damson Jam”. MMH.
It tastes great – very smooth consistency and a big fruit flavor not masked by excessive sweetness as is often the case in commercial products.
Thank you, Gill!