Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Whole Wheat Loaves { TWD BWJ }



It's been a while since I have baked bread so I was glad at the opportunity to do so for today's TWD.  I think the last time I made a loaf of bread was when I was in the professional kitchen and I think it was safe to say I'm a little rusty.  I used to bake several loaves a day and could recite the recipes in my sleep.  First glance upon the recipe in Baking With Julia, it seemed straight forward enough.  Well let's just say, rusty, was a good choice of words, and I ended up having to make it twice.

The first go around I cut the recipe in half and used molasses instead of malt extract since that's what I had.  I found the dough too moist and a bit difficult to work with.  It got a decent rise but not what I was expecting.  It definitely didn't look like the loaves I was used to making.  With that being said, the flavor and crumb was nice and it smelled fabulous.  It was delicious toasted and topped with some heirloom tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.

I decided to give it another try this time making the full recipe and got some malt syrup to see how much of a difference it made from the molasses.  The dough was still stickier than I would have liked even after adding the extra two tablespoons of flour as suggested in the book.  I proceeded anyways and found that the malt syrup did not affect the outcome of the bread too much and I think I might prefer the aroma from the molasses batch.  It didn't get that nice rounded top I was hoping for either but it was still pretty perfect on the interior and was really great toasted with honey.

I will definitely be baking this wheat bread again as it was quite good and I like the texture.  There really is no better smell than fresh bread in the oven and I definitely missed it.  Maybe next time I will add some seeds or nuts.....For the recipe head on over to Veggie Num Nums or The Family That Bakes Together or on page 83 of Baking With Julia.

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10 comments:

  1. I think your bread looks quite pretty with oat flakes on top and it looks like it has a nice crumb.

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    1. Thank you Teresa... The oats were a last minute decision as I didn't think it looked too great without them : )

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  2. This bread admits a bit more flour, I sometimes add a half cup more. But in the end it´s about the flavor and you certainly liked it. Nice loaf Amanda!

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    1. Thanks Paula... I should have added more flour. I added about two tablespoons more the first batch but should have just kept going, ha.

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  3. Love the addition of oats. Your bread looks delicious.

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    1. I was happy with the flavor.. I want to try the gluten free version now! ; )

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  4. Love the look of the oats! Your bread looks very tasty.

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    1. Next time I think I'll incorporate them into the dough for a little extra texture.

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  5. Your bread looks very lovely - and you are right, there is nothing quite like bread fresh from the oven.

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    1. Definitely made me want to make a fresh loaf more often . Hopefully the LA weather will allow soon

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