Last November a reader asked for a recipe of a moist spelt bread with high whole grain portion and different seeds. I had an idea for the bread very quickly: With a whole rye sourdough, many pumpkin seeds, some flax seeds and sesame and a good portion whole spelt flour – partly in a water roux for more moisture. But then the pysllium husk discovery happend and I changed my plan fastly. Instead of a water roux I decided to use the pysllium hulls to increase water binding. And I added some butter which makes the crumb nicely soft and helps to keep it fresh.
The result is a moist and aromatic bread. The crumb is full of pumpkin seeds and a thick crunchy crust. A bread with potential for a a favourite!
This Sandwich bread is a readers wish. But I needed two rounds, until I was really satisfied. In the first Variant I had a boiled soaker with whole spelt flour and seeds, but this added to much liquid to the dough. This resulted in a very instable crumb. The recipe needed adjustments!
The bread (in both tries) is a pure spelt flour with 30 percent whole grain flour and amixture of flax seeds, sesame and sun flower seeds for an extra nuttiness. The preferment is a biga made from whole spelt flour. This has many advantages: the whole grain flour has enough time to soak up the liquid, a biga helps to strength the gluten network and it adds complex flavour nuances, too. As every sandwich bread this bread needs a fully developed gluten network, and spelt is a sensible. So it is needed to keep a close eye on the dough to find the perfect spot.
At the rerun of the recipe I used a bit mashed potato for fluffiness and a soaker with an only moderate amount of water. This makes the dough recognizable firmer, the dough is easier to handle and the fluffy crumb gets enough stability. So what was my lecture of this day? Sometimes less (water) is more!
This week was laborious and exhausting. And add this twelve hour workdays I was happy about the nourishing whole wheat bread that was waiting for me in my lunchbox in the breaks. A soaker made of seeds, nuts and whole wheat flour keeps this bread long moist and fresh while a wheat sourdough adds the desired flavour.
As whole wheat sourdough tends to develop more acidity as the white flour variant, I build the sourdough in two stage and let it ferment rather short and warm. This makes the sourdough strong and mild. A bit of honey in the dough helps to balance the flavour in a harmonic way.
With all the seeds and its sturdiness it is a perfect bread for cold November days.
There are three different ways to soak seeds or flour: You can either cook them, or soak them in hot water or in cold water. For this bread I decided to soak the seeds in cold water. They do not absorb not as much water as when hot water is used, and this results in seeds which have still some bite. As the seeds have to soak overnight some salt is added to prevent them from fermenting.
Seeds in a dough can inhibit gluten development and so the soaker is added after ten minutes of kneading. The dough is firm at the beginning and will get softer when the soaker, which contains some free water as well, is added.
For a hearty flavour I bake this bread with some beer. It is a mild organic weiss beer, but you can start to experiment with different kinds of beers. A dark brew, for example, would bring the beer flavour forward and would yield in a very hearty bread.
I admired already for some time the gorgeous looking seeded crisps which I saw on different blogs. They sound like a Mixture of biscotti, zwieback and cracker, with a hugh amount of seeds. That was very tempting but every recipe I found used baking powder or soda as rising agent. I don’t like the taste of baking powder so much and so I decided to make a recipe of my own, using yeast instead of baking powder. I take my inspirations from different seeded crisps and zwieback recipes.
With yoghurt and butter make a tender crumb, honey and malt add a subtle sweetness and the nutty taste comes from a mixture of hazelnuts, sun flower seeds, sesame, pumpkinseeds and buckwheat. After baking the loaf has to cool completly, best over night. Then it is sliced and baked for another 30 min. This makes the bread crisp and adds a nice flavour of toasted nuts.
The Seeded Crisps are perfect on their own but although great to go with wine and cheese!
When Temperature rise above 25°C you will always find a bottle with buttermilk in my fridge. I love this slightly sour and refreshing drink by its own or mixed with some lemon sorbet. And when I have buttermilk in the fridge, I tend to use it for bread baking as well.
My Buttermilk squares are rolls made with my favourite method of over night rising. The dough is mixed in the evening, with a very small amout of yeast, then it can rise over night on the kitchen counter. The next morning I fold the dough into a big square and cut small squares. After preheating the baking stone and proofing the oven, the rolls are slashed diagonal for an appealing look. After one and a half hour I can serve fresh rolls – still oven warm. Perfect for beautiful sunny summer sundays!
Why did I take so long until I publish this recipe? I don’t know. Sometimes, when I’m short in time, I note down the recipe and take a photo but do not blog it. And when time pass, the recipe vanish in the blog nirvana. And that’s what happend to this spent grain rolls recipe.
But luckily Alexandra asked me for a recipe for spent grain flour. And so I pulled out the recipe and freed it from dust.
And that is so good, because the rolls are delicious. The spent grain flour adds a nice roasted malt aroma to the slightly sour taste of the yoghurt and the long fermentation creates a complex taste.
Cinzia from Cindystar asked us to bake Bread with seeds and flakes for Bread Baking Day. When my mum asked me for a recipe for “Weltmeister-Brot” (Champions Bread) I knew directly that this would be perfect for this theme.
It is not clear, why this bread is called champions bread. Some Bakers from the german island Sylt claim that they invented it, while others connect it with the swabian soccer player Klinsmann, who is a baker by trade. I can only tell you, that I ate both champions bread and rolls first as a child in the 90th during our family holiday in East Frisia.
I saw the champions bread either baked in a tin or formed as a batard, but I like the batard more. But the recipe would work in a tin, too.
I like the bread very much, with its light and soft crumb and a thick, crunchy crust covered with a lot of seeds. That’s a bread I like!
In Germany it is a tradition to bring salt and bread as a present when friends or family moved into a new home. The present symbols wealth and luck for the new home.
When Zorra moved her Blog to a new address, my first thought was, that I should bring Bread for her, at least virtually. And then Zorra asked for Bread for a Blogwarming Party at the Bread baking Day. But no salt is needed, because she has still a big stock!
It is always harder for me to decide what kind of bread I should bake when there is a theme with nearly no restrictions. So many breads are possible :-). At the End I decided to go for multigrain batards, which are covered with seeds. A great Bread for any party, delicious on its own, but although great with some butter and fleur de Sel!
Since I gave my boyfriend a home brewer set as birthday present, we learning how to brew beer. For our first try we used the beer kit that came with the set, which is malt extract with hop extract. Nice for the start, but it reminds us of cooking with packaged mixes. That’s not what we want, we want the real adventure.
And so we started a second try using real malt and hop. After mashing – the break down of the starch to sugar in the malt – we had the spent grains as byproduct. Our recipe mentioned that this spent grains can be fed to chickens or cattle or that it can used for bread baking.
It can be used for baking bread? Pass me the sourdough, sweetheart…
The Spent grain bread has a compact and moist crumb and if I would not know that I added some all-purpose flour, I would thought it is a whole grain bread. It is a hearty loaf with the aroma of sourdough and the spices I used. The spent grains add a nutty taste. It goes very well with some strong cheese.
And what am I doing with the remaining spend grain? It is drying in the oven right now, I want to test milling it into flour…