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calendar   Tuesday - January 07, 2020

Not Loser Loaf

Ta Da, no Loser Loaf

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Ok, came out better than expected. I was betting on Loser Loaf; sourdough just sits there doing nothing for so many hours. After 7 hours in the proofer it went in the fridge overnight to retard, then baked at 500 this morning. With 30% WW I was expecting a dark taste, but the spelt really sweetened it up. So, not bad. Good crumb, nice ear, robust flavor. A keeper. It’s half gone already.

200gm KABF
100gm Pillsbury AP
150gm KA WW
50gm Bob’s Mills spelt
14gm kosher salt
100gm starter, 100% hydration, well fed and tangy
385gm hot water
crust top with sesame seeds before placing in banneton

Whisk flours together. Heat water 1 minute in microwave; very warm but not steaming. Mix into flour to form the classic “shaggy mess”. Cover, let autolyse for 45min.
Add starter, mix it in while adding salt. Get it mixed, then power knead (speed 2) for about 3 minutes. Transfer to large lightly greased mixing bowl, cover and start the rise. Do a stretch and fold - a dozen rotations - every half hour for the first 2 hours. Let rise all damn day, at least another 6 hours. Get impatient, do another stretch and fold rotation, see that the dough is coming together and pulling away from the bowl. Preshape the dough on a floured surface, roll the top in sesame seeds, place seed side down in a well floured banneton. Cover and stick it in the fridge.

Heat the oven and a cast iron Dutch oven to 500°F with your morning coffee. Turn banneton over onto parchment paper, gently lift off the basket. Brush off extra flour. Into the Dutchie, covered. Bake 500F, covered for 20 min, reduce oven to 450, then bake uncovered till done (~20 - 23 min), then oven cure for half an hour outside of Dutch oven.

This is pretty much a half recipe of this guy’s mix, except 1) I did a hot water autolyse which is faster and more effective, 2) for the white flour part I used 2/3 bread flour 1/3 all purpose for some extra gluten power, 3) I didn’t have any la-ti-da einkorn so I doubled up on the spelt, and 4) I did the covered part of the bake at 500 not his 550. That’s too darn hot, but those Bay Area sourdough junkies are always dark roasting their loaves.  My loaf came out better than his did, taller with better crumb. Neener neener.

I will give props; his idea of putting a cold baking sheet under the Dutch oven once the lid comes off works well. It cools off the underside a bit and keeps things from scorching.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/07/2020 at 11:35 AM   
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