April 26, 2012

Walnut Sourdough

It's been a while since our last post, so here we go, baking a little walnut sourdough loaf. Walnut breads have been one of our favourites since forever: We love the nutty taste combined with creamy cheeses or just with butter. It is to die for!

Creating this blog, naturally took us to many, many food and bread blogs on the internet, but one in particular has caught our attention: The Fresh Loaf by Ryan Sandler. The formula we are using today is found on that site, and it was submitted by Hans Joakim. We have slightly adjusted the formula, just because we couldn't resist playing God. Try it out; it is awesome.

The Recipe
Makes one loaf of Walnut Sourdough

Rye Sourdough

100 gr whole rye flour
100 gr water
40 gr ripe rye sourdough culture

Mix the ingredients together and let ferment approximately 12-15 hours at room temperature.

Final Dough

310 gr all-purpose flour
39 gr whole rye flour
64 gr whole wheat flour
294 gr water
11 gr salt
100 gr walnuts, roughly chopped
240 gr rye sourdough

Incorporate the all-purpose flour, whole rye flour, whole wheat flour, water and the rye sourdough until all of the flour is hydrated. Let it sit for 30 minutes to do the autolyse. Add the salt and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Now add the walnuts and gently incorporate them. Let the dough rise for about 2 hours, then give it a gentle stretch and fold and let it rest for another hour. Now the dough is ready for shaping. Let the shaped loaf rise for 1 hour. Bake the proofed loaf for about 45 minutes in the preheated oven at 450 F. Enjoy.

April 6, 2012

Advanced bread workshop at UBC Farm

Our first advanced bread workshop finally took place yesterday at UBC Farm. This time around, we had quite a few familiar faces, friends and former customers from the bakery.

While our beginners’ class was all about the basics of baking bread at home, this one was meant to teach the subtleties of baking, to talk about the science of dough and to exchange ideas and stories. A few of the attendees brought home-baked loaves to the workshop, to have them sampled and discussed. After a bit of theory, talking about the different ingredients, showing different types of flours, as well as cracked grains, seeds and flakes, explaining the importance of preferments, soakers and mashes, autolyse, kneading and shaping techniques, we finally got to get our hands dirty. Together, we got to apply some of our knowledge to developed a formula for the evening’s dough. 

We had prepared beforehand a preferment, as well as two different types of soakers for the class. Everybody got their little share of the preferment and soakers, and then started measuring their ingredients, weighing water and flour, adding the yeast. As if by magic, the silent, focused group turned into a social and chatty gathering. After incorporating all the ingredients, and during a twenty minute break that allowed for the autolyse, we shared our sourdough starters, we sampled the home-baked loaves, and we chatted about baking and bread.  

The kneading part – after the autolyse is complete – is the stage where everybody always has lots of fun: thirty-two hands inside sixteen mixing bowls, kneading the dough to perfection!