I like a hearty whole grain bread. Like this one. It is a really mild one, perfect for persons who do not like sour breads. It is a bread without sourdough but with a very long and cold fermentation, which is only shortly disturbed every now and then when the dough is stretched and folded. Even the loaves proofs in the fridge, too.
Due to slow fermentation the bread developes a incredible taste. The sweetness of the freshly milled flour is clearly recognizable, combined with the nutty undertones of whole grains and the complex notes due to the fermentation. The long rest let the flour absorb more water then normally and so I could add more water to the dough. This makes the crumb moist.
It is a bread, which in its simple way of preparing is perfect for beginners who are still a little bit scarred of sourdough. It requires not much more then a good deal of patient, because you need two days until you can pull it out from the oven. But then your patient will be rewarded…
Three Grains Bread
- 250g rye, freshly milled
- 350g spelt, freshly milled
- 400g wheat, freshly milled
- 750g Water
- 3g fresh yeast
- 20g Salt
Dissolve the yeast into the water and add the mixture to the other ingredients in a bowl. Mix all ingredients for the dough. Let it rest for 20 min, then fold it from the outside of bowl into the middle for three or four times. Let rest for 20 min again, then fold the dough and repeat the resting and folding steps one time more.
Ferment the dough for 36 hours in the fridge. After 12 and 24 hours fold the dough again.
After 36 hours shape the dough into two oval loaves and proof for 12 hours (overnight) in well floured breadforms in the fridge.
The next morning: Heat the baking stone at 250°C for one hour.
Slash the loaves directly before baking.Bake for 40 min at 250°C with steam on a hot stone.
I sent this entry to Yeastspotting, Susans weekly showcase of yeast baked good.