I’ve been baking some basic breads without stopping, just not reporting on the process much. Baguettes and Italian breads have kept coming out of the oven, but in this house, they’re no longe a cause for excitement. Things have changed, however, when I unloaded from the oven two round wheat-rye sourdoughs yesterday. Nestled nicely in cast-iron skillets, hot, superbly aromatic, and crackling in a hurry, they were a bready vision, and sure enough, a true delight to the taste buds once they cooled off. I first got the formula for this awesome bread from Trufla, a Polish food blog I fancy. Since this bread is such a success, I’m rushing to bring you the formula for it, with hopes that you try it without delay.

Wheat-Rye Sourdough in a Cast-Iron Skillet
Ingredients:
405 grams wheat (or graham) sourdough starter (100% hydration)
655 grams wheat bread flour
110 grams rye flour
1/3 tsp instant dry yeast
450 grams water
1 TB sea salt

Directions:
1. Mix the sourdough starter with water and yeast.
2. Add the two flours and mix in a bowl of the standing mixer, on low, for 2 minutes. Cover and leave to autolyze for 20 minutes.
3. Add salt and mix for 5 minutes, alternating between low and medium speeds. Cover and leave to ferment for 60 minutes.
4. Now turn on the mixer for just five rotations of the hook as the alternative to stretching and folding the dough. Cover again and leave for another hour.
5. Divide the dough into two parts. Form boules and place them in floured bannetons. Slip the baskets into plastic bags and place in the refrigerator to retard for 8 to 12 hours.
6. Place two small-size cast-iron skillets in the oven and preheat to 550ºF. Once hot, transfer the boules onto the hot skillets and immediately place in the oven. Bake with steam for 35 minutes lowering the oven temperature to 465ºF.
7. Cool off completely before cutting.

Note: This post will be submitted to YeastSpotting – the weekly bread-baking round up featured by Wild Yeast.

Piekę nadal regularnie, ale toczy się ten proces po cichu, bo pospolitość tych wszystkich bagietek i włoskich chlebków nie wzbudza już u nas w domu euforii. Rzeczy uległy nieco zmianie, gdy wyciągnęłam wczoraj z piekarnika dwa pszenno-żytnie chleby na zakwasie. Wygodnie usadowione w żeliwnych patelniach, gorące, pachnące, ze skórką naznaczoną chrupiącymi pęknięciami, nęciły i grały na wszystkich możliwych zmysłach, a zwłaszcza na tych smakowych. Natrafiłam na ten przepis na polskim blogu kulinarnym, który czytam regularnie i podziwiam – Trufla, a dzisiaj dzielę się nim z Wami, byście bez zbędnych opóźnień, czym prędzej ten cudny chlebek przetestowali.

Notka: Link z tego posta będzie wysłany do YeastSpotting, cotygodniowej listy wypieków prowadzonej przez Wild Yeast.

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