Big Bear’s Bread has been a real popular bread, I have had many emails about it. I wanted to try the same formula, but try to shorten the preferment time and add some grains/seeds. Since that is what I like (the grains/seeds), I thought I would call this variation, “Lady Bear’s Bread.”
I get these sourdough obsessions.. you might do this too… I just can’t stop thinking about baking something. I get an idea in my head, like say for instance, pretzels. So I just keep thinking about pretzels. I didn’t really want to make pretzels this time, but something within the theme of “pretzel.”
BBB…Big Bear’s Bread. I am in love with this bread. It is so moist and delicious. It stays fresh days longer than other lean white sourdough breads. For those of you who do not have a dedicated refrigerator, I made this batch using a regular temp refrigerator (39F).
I wanted to make up a soft hearth bread, you know, as opposed to a lean hearth style bread. So I mixed up the following formula and baked a loaf of nice hearth bread, it was softer, like I wanted, but still has a chewy crisp crust and tastes delicious. The only problem was that there was about 40 oz of dough left, and I did not want to bake up another loaf of bread. So…Continue reading
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Flaxseed is a wonderful addition to bread. I toast mine and then pour water over it while it is still jumping in the pan like a Mexican jumping bean. This will bring out the mucilaginous property of the seeds and help produce moist, flavorful bread that stays fresh longer.
If you are the kind of person that doesn’t like the truth… this blog post is not for you. If you are like one lady who felt I had no right to an opinion about whether I liked a certain brand of flour or that everything must be neat, tidy and kind. Then this post is not for you. If you are the kind of person who likes cheap bread filled with chemicals…this post is not for you. If you are not used to real artisan and sourdough bread… bye. If you don’t really like an honest review of something… go away…
Now… you can’t say you weren’t warned!
This formula is easy to follow and bakes up terrific bread. I used a morphing technique that really brings out the taste in the bread. Morphing sourdough is when you use two different starters to improve the quality of the bread. When I want to morph, I usually will use a white starter and a whole grain starter, either a rye or whole wheat starter. Today I used white and wheat together.
I love rye breads, I love chewy breads filled with yummy things like seeds, nuts, dried cranberries, cracked grains, etc. Lately I have been craving some rye bread with some good grainy nutty things in it. So I came up with a bread high in rye flour but with plenty of white flour to make handling and baking the dough easier. I filled it with yummy grainy things and ….. I am happy! I made up two loaves and I usually share, but, not this time 🙂