Friday, March 16, 2012

Bread Baking Babes bake with rye

 A little late, but here is my Bread Baking Babe Bread. Our lovely Babe Astrid  ( "Paulchen's Foodblog") is kitchen of the month and she choose a rye bread. So rye it was, I'm not a great fan of rye so I decided just to bake one third of the recipe to be safe. I made more changes to be able to bake without milk, so I omitted the milk powder and used oat milk in stead of water. I also used a little less caraway, cause they don't like that a lot here. So I ended up with a 1 small bread, which was a little dense, but that just goes with the rye flour. And you know what? It was very tasty! There was enough bread flour involved to give it some air ánd that orange zest was just wonderful and delicious in it. We all were happy with it here, so thanks Astrid for this lovely recipe.

Wanna become a buddy and bake this too? Bake, post and tell us what you think about it and send your details to Astrid (Deadline 29th of this month).

Here the recipe with milk powder for 2 or 3 breads from Astrid's blog:

Swedish Rye Bread
(makes 2 or 3 loaves)
(PRINT recipe)
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast (2 packets)
1/3 cups honey
1 cup dry milk
grated peel of 2 oranges
2 teaspoons anise seeds
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
4 cups unbleached white flour

4 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup oil
4 cups rye flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (for kneading)
  1. Dissolve the yeast in water. Add the honey and dry milk plus the oranges and seeds
  2. Add the flour to get a thick batter.
    Add one cup of flour at a time, stirring good after each addition. The more flour you add the more you knead to go into a beating mode with your spoon. Best way is to stir up and down in a circular mode from the bottom of the bowl to the surface of the dough. Don't forget to scrape the sides of the bowl from time to time. After the 4 cups of flour you should have a thick mud-like dough.
  3. Beat well with a spoon (100 strokes).
    Continue to beat until you have a smooth dough. Again pull your spoon under the dough and bring it up to the surface again in a circular mode. The batter will be more elastic while you are doing this as more and more air gets incorporated.
  4. Let rise for 45 minutes.
    Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place.
  5. Folding in the remaining ingredients. Do not stir! Do not cut through the dough, this will improve the elasticity and strength of the dough.
  6. Sprinkle on the salt and pour on the oil. Stir around the side of the bowl working carefully your way towards the center. Rotate your bowl a little with every stroke you do. Repeat until all of the salt and oil is incorporated.
  7. Sprinkle the flour 1/2 a cup at a time onto the dough. Again fold it in while rotating your bowl.
  8. Continue until the dough comes away from the sides of your bowl. Now the dough is ready to give it a good knead!
  9. Plop your dough on your kneading board and scrap all remainings from the bowl onto the dough. Keep in mind that your surface should be floured enough to prevent the dough from sticking to much on the board.
  10. Flour your hands and the top of the dough. From the middle of your down stretch it away from you and then fold it back onto the remaining part of the dough. Continue to push down and forward.
  11. Turn the dough a quarter turn. Again continue with the pushing and folding.
  12. Turn, fold, push. Rock forward. Twist and fold as you rock back. Be careful not to stretch the dough too much and tear it. Add flour to the boards as needed.
  13. While you continue with the kneading the dough will become more and more elastic, smooth and shiny.
  14. When you are finished, place the dough in your lightly oiled bowl smooth side down, then turn it over so the dough ball is covered lightly with oil. This will prevent the dough from forming a crust on the top while rising.
  15. Cover the bowl with a damp towel again and set aside to rise in a warm place. (50.60 minutes until doubled in size)
  16. Punch down your dough with your fists steadily and firmly about 15-20 times.
  17. Let rise again 40-50 minutes until doubled in size again.
  18. Preheat your oven at 350°F.
  19. Turn your dough onto the board again.
  20. Form the dough into a ball. Cut the dough into two even pieces and form smaller balls again. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  21. Knead the dough and fold it about 5 times, this gives the dough added spring. After the final push turn the dough a quarter turn.
  22. Roll up the dough into a log shape. Seam at the bottom, flatten the top of the dough. Square the sides and ends. Turn the dough over and pinch the seams all the way.
  23. Put the dough seam side down into your pan. Press it down into the pan with your fingers.
  24. Cover and let rise again. This will take 20-25 minutes.
  25. Cut the top with 1/2 inch deep slits to allow the steam to escape.
  26. You and brush with eggwash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame if you want!
  27. Bake for about 50-60 minutes.
  28. Remove from pan to cool down completely.
(adapted from Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown)


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

;-) and so you liked it better than most rye! I to loved that orange! To a rye lover- that would be me - the tight crumb looks beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

I love those kind of surprises when I'm expecting to not much like the results. Glad your bread turned out so well. It sure looks good.

Elle said...

Your loaf looks very similar to mine...and it really is a lovely rye bread isn't it? Your photos are simply beautiful!

NKP said...

Wonderful! And I love the photos on the blue cloth with the oranges - I recently painted a similar picture!
Great loaf, perfect for sammies.

Katie Zeller said...

It looks so perfect.... How do you do that?!?

Karen Baking Soda said...

It is such a model bread! (Bread next top model?)
Lovely result Lien!

sandie said...

I really enjoyed makaing this bread, we don't seem to have rye enough in our house. I love your pictures!