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This challenge was so much fun that participation in the second Plötziade was an absolute must.
In support of an initiative to preserve ancient or heirloom grains, Lutz called his blog event: “Saat-Gut-Brot” (heirloom grain bread.) Worldwide 75% of all grains and vegetables have been lost – and in the EU even 90% – due to modern farming practices, and global agriculture corporations.
|Ancient grain Einkorn|
Monsanto & Co.’s sterile
frankenfood GMO hybrids are responsible that farmers can no longer raise their own seeds, but have to buy it new every year.
Breeding heirloom varieties takes many years and receives little political support – contrary to highly subsidized Big Agrar Business. No wonder, the number of food plants is shrinking dramatically.
The second Plötziade calls for baking a bread with ancient (or ecologically bred new) grains. Pseudo-grains like buckwheat, quinoa or amaranth don’t count – therefore I couldn’t use our Maine albino buckwheat.
Instead of honey, often of dubious origin and adulterated here in the US, I took organic agave nectar for a hint of sweetness. With my Hamburg trip only days away I wanted to use up my yogurt, and I love breads with nuts. And for a delicate seasoning I added a little anise and fennel.
With help of BreadStorm I came up with this formula:
http://bunfiles.breadstorm.com/bunfiles/RWY79E/TT5XCR/embed.html Stretching and folding the dough, the 100% einkorn was fairly easy to work with – even though the ancient wheat has less gluten. I loved the tasty bread with its tender, dark crumb and hearty, nutty taste, and will definitely bake it again!
|Einkorn: grains, flour and meal|
EINKORN-WALNUT-YOGURT-BREAD (PLÖTZIADE 2)
38 g/1.3 oz einkorn meal (coarse)
374 g/13.2 oz einkorn flour
168 g/5.9 oz yogurt (plain or 2%)
136 g/4.8 oz water
10 g/0.4 oz agave nectar or honey
8 g/0.3 oz salt
4 g/0.14 oz instant yeast (or 6 g/0.2 oz active dry yeast)
1 g/1/4 tsp. fennel and/or anise seed
50 g/1.8 oz walnuts, coarsely chopped
Mix all ingredients at lowest speed (or by hand) for 1-2 minutes, until all flour is hydrated. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Knead at medium-low speed (or by hand) for 6 minutes (dough should still be somewhat sticky).
|Stretch and pat dough first into a square…|
|…then fold like a business letter…|
|…in three parts.|
|…and left into a package.|
Transfer dough to an oiled work surface. With oiled hands, stretch and pat into a square. Fold from top and bottom to the middle in 3 parts, like a business letter, then from both sides. Gather package into a ball and place, seam side down, into an oiled bowl.
Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Repeat stretching and folding 3 more times at 10-minute intervals. After the last fold, refrigerate (well covered) overnight.
|The dough has risen in the fridge overnight|
Remove dough from the fridge 2 hours before using.
Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface, shape into a boule and place, seam side up, in a well floured rising basket. Proof for 45-60 minutes, or until it has grown 1 1/2 times its original volume (finger poke test).
|The bread has grown 1 1/2 times its original volume|
Preheat oven to 425ºF/220ºC (including steam pan).
Place loaf on a parchment lined baking sheet (or bake directly on a baking stone). Score as desired.
|Score before baking|
Bake at 350ºF/175ºC (with steam). After 20 minutes rotate loaf 180 degrees, remove steam pan, and continue baking for another 25 minutes, until dark golden brown (internal temperature about 200ºF/93ºC).
Let cool on wire rack.
|A very tasty bread!|
Submitted to Yeast Spotting