Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hamelman's WW Multgrain Soaker pg 169

I must tell you that I wasn't really excited about this bread, mostly because I really like a multigrain bread that I make already.  It has all the things I really like in it, including some raisins and sunflower seeds.  Just a touch of sweet fruit really gives me a wonderful toast for the morning.  The recipe is one that I simply tweaked till I got it the way I liked it.  It's 100% fresh ground hard red wheat, and contains a cereal blend from Bob's Red Mill.  Here's a link to my blog about this bread!

Really, I am trying to stretch myself to make other breads, so that I have experience with all sorts rather than a few I really like.  Between BBA and this challenge I have made breads that I probably NEVER would have made (loved Casatiello), and might never make again (Rich Mans Brioche). 

Back to the subject at hand, I am working with another group of baker's which call themselves Mellow Baker's and we are baking from a book called, Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman. They are already through about half of the book, so I am starting midway. Here's a picture of my 50% Whole Wheat Multigrain Levain bread:

From HamelmansMultSoaker

And the crumb shot....

From HamelmansMultSoaker

I posted the rest of the pictures on Picasa, with explanations on what I did to make the bread. Link to

6 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne, Wow I wish I had your energy for baking bread right now. I've kind of slowed down a bit lately. Did it taste good with all those mixed grains in it?

    I like the look of that blend. Not a brand we have here but I can get most of the grains as whole grain, not as a ground mix though.

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  2. I thought it might not be something that is available in other countries, so I put a picture of exactly what it was just for that reason. I have thought of buying the whole grains, but really don't have access to some of them. The other things is that my house is very small, so having to store a large amount of grains is rather hard. I can purchase it locally, and it's actually milled here in Oregon.

    It is actually ground a little bit bigger than cornmeal, so it's not cracked grains which I like real well.

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  3. Great looking loaf! The slices look very similar to mine. I had a loaf not rise quite right yesterday, but I'm just looking forward to trying again. I agree, I wasn't too excited about this one either. Hubby and I like one of PR's multigrain breads. Your multigrain loaf with sunflower seeds sounds good!! Maybe I will try my own version.

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  4. Lol, sounds like you do what I do, tweak every recipe I come across till it is just the way I like my bread! I'm at the point where health wise I really need to stick with bread that is close to 100% whole wheat, which rather excluded a lot of PR's and Hamelman's breads.

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  5. Joanne, your slide show ap is SO cool!!! This looks wonderful.

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  6. Thanks Coz! I use picasa for my photo albums online and they provide a link to embed into my blog for a slide show. It's really easy to use! I highly recommend it, and the downloadable program too. I can post straight from the software that handles my pictures, and use up to four pictures in each post. More than that I have to add manually, although I tend to just do it manually anyway!

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