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After a rather underwhelming bread experience in an – otherwise nice – hotel last year, I challenged my co-bloggers, facebook friends and hobby bakers from The Fresh Loaf to help fill a basket with “Bread for Götz von Berlichingen”, to provide Schlosshotel Götzenburg with a better breakfast choice.
I was so happy with the interesting contributions that I promised myself to bake as many of the 30 breads as possible, and, also, to showcase some of them on my blog – like Khalid’s Götzenburg Bread from Dubai, und Britta’s Double Potato Loaf for Götz from the Lower Rhine.
|Dabrownman lives and bakes in Arizona|
Dabrownman – “everybody calls me Brownman” (or DBM for short) – resides with his wife, college age daughter, and dachshund Lucy in Arizona.
An architect by schooling, he designed and supervised worldwide the construction, and ran the operation of distribution centers for the food industry. “Food and Facilities is what I did the last 23 years”.
Meanwhile retired, he threw himself wholeheartedly into bread baking. With 429 posts since 2012, he is one of the most productive hobby bakers and bloggers that I know.
But not only his recipes with their abundance of grains and seeds are interesting – his posts are also often very funny!
It’s hard to believe, but he is proud owner of just one single baking book: Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads. (“With a title like that you only need the one.”)
Instead of buildings he is now designing and constructing breads, with help of his four legged “apprentice” Lucy, who obviously has a preference for hearty, crusty loaves, and loves being busy in the kitchen.
Just like her “master”, Lucy can’t stand the idea of baking the same old loaf twice. “It’s like designing and building the same building all the time – much too boring!”
With every bread he bakes, Dabrownman feels inspired to try a new, even better loaf. He doesn’t really want to waste his time “to bake over old bread. and hope to get the new bread baked!”
According to Lucy, bread baking, also, keeps the retiree too busy to hang out too often in motorcycle bars!!!
|DBM’s Breakfast Rolls with Snockered Fruit & Chocolate|
As you can see from the gorgeous photos on his blog (food porn alert!), the passionate baker also creates scrumptious pies and other pastries, like Whole Grain Breakfast Rolls with Snockered Fruit & Chocolate;
DBM swears by freshly milled flour: “It has a more complex flavor, a better, deeper, and more earthy taste. It also is more active in starters and levains”.
|Resting after a busy baking day!|
For his levain he typically takes only a small amount of starter, feeding it in three steps, and then places it for 24 hours in the fridge.
He prefers yeast water over commercial yeast, and often mixes it with his starter.
DBM sifts his whole grain flour, and adds the extracted mineral-rich, coarser parts to his starter – to expedite the fermentation of the levain, and to ensure the hard bits are sufficiently soaked.
“Seems to work well – I have very active levains, and the rise and open crumb are pretty good”.
8 g mother starter (rye, wheat, spelt, 100%)
50 g old bread, crumbled (I toasted it)
20 g freshly milled, sifted whole rye flour (85% extraction) (*see preparation)
20 g freshly milled, sifted whole wheat flour (85% extraction) (*see preparation)
35 g extracted coarser rye- and wheat parts (*see preparation )
75 g bread flour
203 g potato cooking water, cooled
50 g freshly milled, sifted whole rye flour (85% extraction) (*see preparation)
150 g bread flour
8 g salt
2 g instant yeast
25 g potato cooking water (more as needed – I added an extra 15 g)
100 g cooked, mashed potatoes
25 g softened butter or vegetable oil (I used sunflower seed oil)
|Potatoes with thin skins don’t have to be peeled|
PREPARATION (85% flour extraction)
Mill about 135 g rye (not too finely – Nutrimill setting exactly between “Finer” and “Coarser”). Sift flour several times through a fine mesh strainer, to extract 15% of the coarser parts (about 18 g will be needed). Set aside both extractions separately.
Repeat this extraction procedure with the wheat. Mix the coarser, extracted wheat bits with the same amount of rye bits (a total amount of 35 g are needed for the starter.)
Boil unpeeled potatoes. Reserve potato cooking water, and let it cool (you will need about 250 ml/1 cup.) Potatoes with thin skins don’t have to be peeled.
Mix all starter ingredients in a bowl. Cover, and leave overnight at room temperature (9 – 12 hours). It should double.
|The starter should double overnight|
Stir starter, and let double again (3 – 4 hours).
|Add starter to the other dough ingredients|
Mix all dough ingredients. Leave for 30 minutes, then knead at low speed for 8 minutes, adding more water as needed (dough should clear sides, but stick to bottom of bowl).
Transfer dough to a work surface lightly misted with oil or water. With oiled hands, pull and press dough into a rough square, then fold it from top and bottom like a business letter in 3 parts. Fold the same way from both sides.
|Stretching and folding the dough|
Gather dough package into a ball, and place, seam side down, in an oiled bowl. Cover, and let rest for 20 minutes, then repeat S & F four more times at 20 minute intervals.
Leave for about 1 hour (dough should look puffed). Generously sprinkle a rising basket with a mixture of wheat and rice flours (to prevent sticking.) For an attractive, rustic look, sprinkle the bottom of the basket with coarse ground or rolled rye or wheat.
|Instead of flour, you can sprinkle the work surface with chopped rye|
Pre-shape dough into a round, then shape it into a boule. Place, seam-side up, in the prepared basket.
Dust the surface with flour, then put the basket in a large plastic bag. Refrigerate for 12 hours (overnight).
|If you want to score the loaf, place it seam side up in the basket|
Remove bread from refrigerator about 2 hours before baking, it should have almost doubled. If not, allow it to sit longer on the counter.
|Overnight the bread should almost double|
Preheat oven to 500ºF/260ºC, including baking stone and steaming device.
|Don’t be too timid when you score it!|
When the bread is sufficiently proofed (finger poke test: a dimple should not fill completely up again, but remain visible), place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score, as desired.
Place bread in the oven, steaming with a cup of boiling water. Reduce temperature to 450ºF/ 230ºC After 15 minutes, remove steam pan, and reduce temperature to 430ºF/ 220ºC – switch to convection mode, if your oven has that feature).
Bake for another 20 – 25 minutes, until bread is nice and brown (the crust shouldn’t be to light!) and it registers at least 205ºF/96ºC.
Let bread cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
|A rolled rye topping gives the bread an attractive rustic look|