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Frankenstein Bread

Today I made a fresh loaf of dread using dried yeast and had some dough left over. I also had a sourdough that had been proving overnight and was a sponge. It was a bit on the small side, so I decided to combine the two. I knocked out the sourdough sponge and the melded both together. I did not mix them, but rather introduced them to each other.
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The next step was the complex one. The sourdough needed 12 to prove and the regular dough only 2 hours. In the end I proved it for going for 8 hours. It proved well. Next step was to bake it. This was also an issue. Partly because the sourdough also included a good measure of olive oil. All was looking good, but in very short time the crust burnt slightly because it was made up of the sourdough. I managed to catch it before it was a complete write off.
I let it rest for an hour and then it was ‘taste test’ time. It tasted great once I cut off the burnt crust. I will try this idea again but next time have the wholemeal sourdough in the centre of the loaf.
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By Richard Randall

Easy Sourdough Bread – Tin/Pot Loaf

This is a super easy bread to make. In fact it is now going to be my new ‘go to’ bread when I’m not experimenting with new recipe ideas.

Ingredients:

  1. 250g Organic White Flour
  2. ½ teaspoon of good quality Fleur de sel or Himalayan Pink Salt or your choice of good quality Sea Salt.
  3. 2 tablespoons of sourdough leaven (starter), ideally fresh liverly.
  4. 200g of water
  5. I added a small amount of sunflower and fennel seeds, but they are not necessary.

Sourdough Bread
Pre-Baking Steps:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl for a few minutes.
  2. Oil an oven pot or tin.
  3. Pour the dough mixture in to the tin.
  4. Cover the tin with cling-film or a plastic bag.
  5. Store in a cool place overnight (10 hours+). If you store the dough in a fridge make sure you take it out and leave it at room temperature for a couple of hours before it goes in the oven.

Sourdough Bread
Baking:

  1. Preheat the oven at 240c, with a ramekin or baking tray filled with water, on the bottom of the oven.
  2. Cover the baking tin with foil, or place a lid on the oven pot (with your dough in it) and place it in the oven for 20 minutes at 220c.
  3. After 20 minutes remove the foil/lid and bake for a further 20 minutes at 190c.
  4. Test the bread to see if it is cooked by tapping the top. It should sound hollow. If it does not, or if you are not sure, recover with the foil/lid and bake for a further 10-15 minutes at 150c.
  5. Place on a wire rack to cool for 1-2 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

P.S. My starter is 30% Organic Rye Flour and and 70% Organic Wholemeal Flour.
By Richard Randall

Other Bread recipes from fellow bloggers:

Sourdough Bread No.2

This is my second sourdough bread. The first one was O.K. (Sourdough Bread. My First Attempt) but it was a wet dough recipe which I made a tad too wet, and I slightly undercooked it.
Lesson learnt, my second attempt at a normal sourdough.
I used 175g of starter (30% rye flour and 70% wholemeal flour) and 250g of plain white flour.
To the flour I added a large pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt. I let it sit (Autolyse) for 30 minutes. I then added sunflower seeds to the dough and kneaded for 20 minutes on an oiled work surface.
I then shaped the dough roughly, added fennel seeds to the top, covered the dough, and left it to prove overnight (12 hours) on a backing tray.
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The dough lost shape over night, but that was expected. I gently re-shaped and added the sourdough to a pre-heated oven at 220c.
Thirty minutes later I discovered I should have set the temperature a bit lower, and baked the bread for less time. Maybe 200c for 25 minutes.
The bread was a bit on the dark side, I reduced the temperature to 150c, and cooked for a further 20 minutes, but not before loosely covering it in kitchen foil to stop the top burning.
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The finished bread had a good texture and taste, with a nice springy crumb, and was only let down by the compacted crust due to the temperature being set too high and it being baked for too long.
By Richard Randall

Other Sourdough Recipes by Bloggers:

  1. Sourdough Bread Bowls: Jazz Up Your Soup
  2. From Sourdough to Banana Bread and beyond
  3. Rocky Road Bread
  4. Sourdough Pizza with Sausage, Onions & Mushrooms
  5. Sourdough Ginger Pear Quick Bread
  6. Sourdough Cranberry Walnut Bread
  7. Sourdough Bread for the Bread Maker

Sourdough Bread. My First Attempt.

This is my first sourdough bread that I’ve made in a long while, and the first ever wet dough mix.
I think I made it a bit too wet because during proving I could see that it was starting to stick to the bowl. This was a bit of an issue because the idea was to put the dough mix directly on to a heated baking stone. I gave up on this idea, and instead put the dough in to a heated dish, trying not to knock out too much air.
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It was far from an elegant process, but I did manage to get the dough in to the dish without too much damage to the dough.
In to the oven it went for 30 minutes. Although once it had cooled I realised a little longer in the oven would have been better.
I think the high water content made the finished bread a little doughy and lacking enough spring.
For a first attempt is was not bad. It tastes good, which is the main thing. My next attempt will be a lot better, I’m certain.
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By Richard Randall

Flatbread

While my sourdough starter continues to grow, I can’t use it, but today I felt like making soem bread, so I thought I would make a flatbread.
My method was a bit ‘off the cuff’, so I did not use a recipe.
In a bowl I added 130ml of coconut milk, 20g of Greek yogurt, a dash of Chinese 5 spice, a pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons of organic honey, half a teaspoon of turmeric, and a splash of olive oil.
I then added the mixture to 250g of organic wholemeal flour, and mixed throughly.
Then I kneaded the dough for 10 minutes.
I then placed the dough in an oiled bowl, covered it, and left it in a warm place for 60 minutes.
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I divided the dough into small balls, which I then rolled flat on a floured surface. I then studded the flatbreads with a few fennel seeds.
I placed the flatbreads into a medium heated dry pan and cooked on each side for about 90 seconds per side.
Flatbread
When the first side was cooked I flipped over the bread, and put a little butter on the cooked side. When the flatbread was cooked on both sides, I placed it in a warm oven.
I repeated this process until all the flatbread were made.
The finished result was deliciously light, and tasty flatbreads.
Flatbread
Flatbread
By Richard Randall