On to the bread. I made the flaxseed bread from page 211 in the book. I cut the recipe in half, like alot of others did and just made one loaf. The violet was looking so pretty yesterday, so I included it in the picture for added color.
The flax soaker was also prepared the night before, however I did contemplate just soaking the flax for a couple hours in the morning to avert any gooeyness issues. Here's the soaker after I added it to the other ingredients. It kind of oozed as one big glob into my mixer bowl. Could that creepy blob be used to garnish some kind of Halloween dish?
I had some trouble with my dough coming together in the mixer. It was so sticky that even though I kept adding flour, the dough hook just wouldn't grab the dough and bring it together. I was worried about adding too much flour and/or mixing it too long in the mixer so I stopped the mixer after ~ 3 1/2 min. and finished kneading by hand. The first bulk fermentaion was 40-45 minutes and then came the shaping. Right after shaping, I rolled my boule onto a damp cloth and then rolled it onto a plate of sesame seeds. I probably didn't use more than a Tbsp of seeds as I knew that most of the seeds would end up on the floor or the counter when I sliced the bread anyway.
After the final fermentation of exactly 60 minutes, I uncovered my boule, which I'd covered with plastic wrap and..... bummer!! The surface of the dough had started to kind of tear, or pull apart on top. I should have taken a picture, but I just didn't think to do it at the time. I scored the loaf, still puzzled by the ripping phenomenon, and slid the parchment and boule onto my baking stone.
The baking went great, and the top looked pretty good, except just a little rough where the surface of the dough had torn a little during final fermentation. I searched in the rest of the Bread book trying to figure out what caused the tearing and spent the rest of the afternoon online looking at The Fresh Loaf site and the Mellow bakers site, trying to find a cause. I dunno??? I thought one of the other Mellow Bakers, with sourdough expertise, might know what happened. Was I too rough in shaping? Did I add too much extra flour?
I didn't cut into the loaf until today as instructed. It had nice flavor, although I couldn't taste the golden flax seeds the way I can in a loaf I make where the seeds are all ground before going into the dough. It definitely had a nice tang to it and the crumb was not too chewy, not too soft, but just right for my turkey sandwich.
Joanna's post of her flaxseed sourdough rye at Zeb Bakes. She has some wonderful pictures of the whole mixing/shaping/baking process that bring everything to life.
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