BBB Bran Bread ~ 100% Whole Wheat
Recipe From Lien: from the sisters Margherita and Valeria Simili
Yield: 2 loaves or 1 pullman
While this is a tricky bread to explain; it is an easy bread to enjoy. Lien’s goal with this bread, I think, was a super healthy bread that tasted really good. I think she succeeded exceedingly well. There is a lot of bran in this bread and you really never really think “bran” while you’re eating it.
I believe I did a number of very small things wrong that together left me feeling this loaf missed something, missed a spark and yet we both of us kept going for another slice. The loaf was gone in three days. This loaf had great texture and very good crust. I short changed on raisins and nuts, use more next time. I very often cut down and often eliminate sugar, I think perhaps this was the spark that I missed; use some sweetening next time.
Would I make this again … I’ve got my ingredients ready to mix a starter tonight.
STARTER FOR SLOW RISE
250 grams whole wheat flour
450 grams water
75 grams wheat bran
2 pinches active dry yeast
110 grams whole wheat flour
150 grams whole sprouted wheat flour
20 grams rye flour
160 grams water, used water raisins soaked in
30 grams honey (omited first baking** must add next baking)
2 grams active dry yeast
30 grams butter
9 grams salt
50 grams instant skim milk powder
1 tablespoon diastatic malt flour
75 grams walnuts (next time make at least 100 grams)
75 grams raisins (next time make at least 100 grams)
1. STARTER: Mix white whole wheat, wheat bran and yeast with water. Cover and let sit over night. (Elizabeth used crushed malted rye berries also; I wish I’d had some.Next time: try some rye flour, rye flakes or malted something.)
2. NEXT MORNING: Soak dried fruit in water. My initial call was to use cranberries but Gorn wanted raisins (98% of the time). I should have used at least 100 grams of either. Another time I might use apricots.
Mix starter and all dough ingredients – holding back walnuts and dried fruit. I used the water I soaked the raisins in – why throw away flavor?
3. KNEAD not really. I mixed and let it sit about 20 minutes. I added a little more flour and it still didn’t really knead. I wasn’t willing to add more flour, in retrospect I probably should have because it never reached kneading consistency.
4. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and press or roll it out flat in a big oval. Add nuts and/or raisins over the dough, fold the dough in two, press or roll out again and sprinkle on the remaining nuts/raisins. Roll the dough (jelly roll style).
5. Heavily butter pullman pan and sprinkle liberally with walnut crumbs.
6. I rolled the dough roll into my pullman pan. Sprayed the top with water and put the pan cover on sliding it closed short of half an inch.
7. 45 minutes later I had a really nice rise.
8. Preheat your oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
9. Make slashes in the dough (maybe if I’d added more flour). Check the temperature of the bread (95ºC/200ºF) to be sure it is cooked.
Baked uncovered 50 minutes. Internal temp at 201 when taken out of oven.
Take the loaves out and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
There is no bitterness in this bread so often associated with all whole wheat breads. I never felt like I was being made to eat this bread because it was good for me; this is easy eating bread.