Tag: rye bread

Rye Sourdough

This morning I was up at 4.30 a.m. baking. Not because I had to, but because I’d had an early night and solid sleep and I felt rested and ready to tackle an experiment that had been on my mind for a while.

I usually bake my sourdough in a dutch oven, with a heavy ceramic lid. Apparently that helps the bread to rise. But how much of a difference does it make? I was curious.

Yesterday I prepared a rye sourdough with sunflower seeds. When I woke early this morning it had risen to a beautiful, bubbly, silky oval that was ready to go into the oven. So I seperated the dough into two exact halves and baked one inside the pot, the other one just on a tray with a bowl of water in the oven for added moisture. The difference was astonishing! Both rose nicely, but the oven spring on the cermaix pot baked loaf was around double than that in the tray baked loaf.

Both have a unique taste and texture, depending on preference I’d say both were a success. The tray baked loaf is more dense, with a crunchy crust. The pot raised loaf also came out with a beautiful crust but it is lighter. Can you guess which is which?

Ingredients for rye sourdough:

  • Sourdough starter
  • Rye flour
  • Bread flour
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Salt

Rye Apple Nut Loaf

A Cosy Winter Bread

Winter is apple season. Where I grew up, we used to huddle around the fire at night and roast apples with nuts, to be served after a hearty meal. I tried to capture this beautiful memory in my latest loaf, rye with apple and nuts. A true winter loaf that will go really nicely with butter and honey, or a mild cheese!

Ingredients

The ingredients are:

  • Organic rye flour
  • Organic wheat flour
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sourdough starter
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Grated apples
  • Oats