We are heading toward year's end with a Harvest themed bake! There are usually some things in season all the time, and it just depends on where you are what that particular commodity happens to be. Cold crops can go through winter depending on your setup. We are right at the end of apple harvest here in Puget Sound. Incidentally, I did not choose apples this month, but if you want a fantastic apple yeast bread, go check this one out! I went with honey and grains, which technically finished up a month or so ago, but that means supplies are very readily accessible and fresh right now. We have a number of fairly local graineries and lots of very local honey options. My folks have finally decided they are getting too old to deal with cumbersome and heavy hives anymore, so no more gallons of amazing free honey for me, boo hoo! We will ration out what remains of the last harvests. Honey lasts for centuries.
This recipe is flexible on timing and can be done in a day, but the flavor is always better with the overnight rest in the fridge. I have made this with both spelt and emmer and really love the rich, nutty flavor of the spelt. Emmer is a somewhat coarser whole grain and the gluten is more likely to be cut by the bran while kneading, resulting in a tighter crumb. Still tasty though!
Honeyed Spelt and Oat Levain
makes 2 loaves or one large boule
30g 100% hydration starter
40g whole spelt flour
140g rolled oats
275g boiling water
all the soaker
105g whole spelt flour
445g bread flour
Build the starter leaven 8 to 10 hours before making the dough. Stir together the starter and water in a bowl until it is broken up. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Cover and let proof at room temperature. While that is set aside, make the soaker by measuring out the oats and adding the boiling water. Cover and let sit until ready to make the final dough.
Once the starter leaven is active and puffy, add the water for the dough, soaker, and honey, and stir to combine. Add the flours and mixed by hand until all the flour has been hydrated and there are no lumps remaining. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the salt over the dough and then thoroughly mix in with your hands. Cover and let proof for 3 to 4 hours, turning and folding every 30 to 45 minutes.
Divide and pre-shape the dough once it is puffy and almost doubled in size after turning out onto a well-floured surface. Cover and let it rest for 10 to 30 minutes. Form the loaves into the final desired shape and place on a well floured couche or banneton. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
Remove the loaves from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. While the loaves are warming, preheat the oven and baking stone to 500°F. Once the oven has preheated and stabilized, gently turn the loaves out onto a parchment lined baking peel. Score the loaves as desired and place about 75 to 80 g of hot water into an oven safe dish. Place the water dish on the rack below the baking stone. Spray the walls of the oven with water, taking care to avoid the light bulb, and slide the loaves onto the hot baking stone. Immediately shut the door and bake for 2 to 3 minutes. Open the door and very quickly spray the walls again with water. Shut and bake for 5 to 7 minutes before turning the heat down to 450° F. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes until the crust is a deep, dark brown and the loaf sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom. It should be between 200 to 205° F inside when fully baked. Allow to cool fully on a rack before slicing.
|Made with emmer.|
|Made with spelt.|
|Brilliant nutty flavor from the spelt.|
Be sure to check out the rest of our bakes:
- Broccoli & Oats Sandwich Bread - Gluten Free by Sneha’s Recipe
- Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread by Food Lust People Love
- Cranberry Orange Beet Bread by Palatable Pastime
- Honeyed Spelt and Oat Levain by A Messy Kitchen
- Pomegranate and Blueberry Jam Milk Buns by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Pumpkin Nasturtium Pull Apart Bread by Cook with Renu
- Sweet Potato and Cranberry Quick Bread by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Winter Squash Sourdough Boules by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
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