|This loaf is a half batch|
Onion and Bay Loaf
2 cups (283g) onions, medium diced (if you end up using more onions, it will take more flour in the dough)
1¼ cups (283g) milk, whole preferred
3 bay leaves
¾ cup (170g) ripe (fed) sourdough starter
1 cup (113g) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour (I used fresh ground Edison white wheat)
2¼ to 2½ cups (270g to 300g) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
drained onions, from above
1½ tsp (9g) salt
1 tsp instant yeast
For the onions: Combine the onions, milk, and bay leaves in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain the milk into a glass measure, and cool to room temperature. Discard the bay leaves, and reserve the milk and onions, transferring the onions to a bowl.
For the dough: Put the reserved, cooled milk in a mixing bowl with the starter. Add the whole wheat flour and 1 cup (120g) of the bread flour. Stir in the onions, salt, yeast, and another 1¼ cups (150g) of bread flour. Cover and rest for 10 minutes. If the dough is still sticky, stir in the remaining ¼ cup (30g) of bread flour.
Knead the dough on an oiled surface for 10 seconds, return to the bowl, and cover. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Repeat the brief kneading for 10 seconds more, return to the bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
Line a deep 8" bowl with a rice flour-rubbed dish towel, or generously flour a banneton with rice flour. Deflate and fold the dough over on itself, then shape it into a ball. Place it, seam-side up, in the prepared bowl or banneton. Cover and let rise until doubled (~1½ hours).
Preheat the oven to 430°F for at least half an hour toward the end of rising. Place a lidded pot (Dutch oven) in the oven to preheat.
Gently invert the bread onto a piece of baking parchment.
Use a razor or lame to slice the top of the loaf as desired. Carefully remove the pot from the oven. Gently lower the loaf into the pot, pour 2 tbsp of water into the base of the pot outside the parchment, quickly cover, and bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 375ºF and bake for another 20-30 minutes until golden brown, the center of the bread reads 205°F when measured with a digital thermometer, and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when you tap it.
Lift the bread out of the pot and allow it to cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Be sure to check out the rest of our awesome allium bakes:
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- Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls from Passion Kneaded
- Garlic Confit Focaccia from What Smells So Good
- Gluten-Free Millet Chives Flatbread (Bajra chives Paratha) from Cook with Renu
- Moroccan Rghaif from Sneha’s Recipe
- Onion and Bay Loaf from A Messy Kitchen
- Onion Garlic Loaf from Ambrosia
- Onion Lover Rolls from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Scallion and Sesame Rolls from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Whole Wheat Onion Kulcha from Magical Ingredients
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