Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Multi-Grain Boule

Have you ever been so in awe by the beauty of something you've baked that you're hesitant to eat it because you'd rather display it as a work of art on your coffee table or fireplace mantle?

That's how I felt about this bread. If your breath is not taken away by the sight of a perfectly baked loaf of bread then of course you have no idea what I'm talking about, but there's just something about having something homemade turn out so perfectly that I temporarily committed one of those seven deadly sins: PRIDE. I quickly repented however, because I was hungry, and cut into my masterpiece to make certain that it was as perfect on the inside as it was on the outside. And it was. This hearty multi-grain bread is filled with healthy goodness and is perfect for sandwiches or served alongside a steaming bowl of soup or stew.



Multi-Grain Boule (adapted from King Arthur Flour)

1 cup (8 ounces) boiling water
1 cup (5 ounces) Harvest Grains Blend
2 cups (16 ounces) sourdough starter
1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) white whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
2 TBSP olive oil

Topping:

1 TBSP sesame seeds, artisan bread topping, or your favorite blend of seeds. I used "Everything Bread and Bagel Topping."


In bowl of standup mixer place the harvest grains blend and pour the boiling water over it. Let cool to lukewarm and then add the sourdough starter and the remaining dough ingredients. Using dough hook, mix and knead until you've made a soft dough, 8-10 minutes, adding additional flour or water if needed. (I had to add a couple of tablespoons of additional water.) Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer dough to bowl, rolling dough to cover all sides of the dough ball with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until it's almost doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Prepare a banneton by dusting heavily with flour or line a large mixing bowl with a linen towel and dust heavily with flour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased work surface and gently fold it a few times to deflate it. Shape it into a large round. Place the round upside down into prepared banneton or bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise until it's very puffy, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray and dust lightly with corn meal. Gently turn the dough over onto the baking sheet. Spray with water and sprinkle dough with seeds. Using a lame or a very sharp knife, make four slashes across the top of the loaf, in a cross hatch pattern.

Bake the bread in preheated oven for 38-45 minutes until loaf is golden brown and instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees. I rotated my loaf half way through the baking cycle and tented it with foil for the last 10 minutes to prevent over-browning.

Remove bread from oven and transfer loaf to cooling rack to cool completely before slicing. While bread is cooling, feel free to display it on your coffee table or fireplace mantle.

27 comments:

Moogie said...

Let me be the first to comment on this bread. I personally feel tht it needs to be placed someplace in a shrine-like setting, with candles, and a kneeling pad.

Then only the worthy are allowed to pay homage to this vision of perfection.

Pam said...

OMG! That is gorgeous, beautiful, awesome. Seriously, I don't think I've seen prettier bread ever! I would take pictures of that and hang them on the wall next to my kids.

Mo said...

Oh, man. I've never been able to get mine so pretty! I bet it's fantastically delicious. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

Definitely a work of art inside and out! Love the banneton.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

It is beautiful! I love that topping, too. I might make some bread today.

Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

I'm so glad to find this post and thanks for sharing. Its sound really scrumptious and would like to try it. It's great for toasting and making sandwiches.

Best Regards,

Megan said...

That is breath-taking! That happens to me when I make a particulary beautiful cake or dinner.. I sometimes can't bear the thought of cutting into it, but then I realize how amazing it's going to taste and dive in!

I really want to get that everything bagel topping... as soon as I have the time to try to make bagels!

Abby said...

GORGEOUS! And your slashing is just beautiful!

myfort said...

I never knew you were so talented. I am so impressed! The Blog is awesome. I gave the website address to the girls and they want me to make the carmelized muffins.

stephchows said...

OMG!!! Amazing! And with the everything topping... drooling like crazy. It's beautiful!!

Mags said...

myfort: thanks for following my blog. How are you and your gang doing? Long time no see!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

absolutely gorgeous - and I wish I could be there to help you bite into those perfect looking slices!

megan said...

oh my gosh it's beautiful. I'm exactly like you when it come to perfect looking bread. i always call my husband in to look at it before I cut it!

Frieda said...

Drool worthy! I'm so jealous that you have a banneton!

Federica said...

wow che meraviglia! bravissima!

June said...

Geez Mags, gorgeous bread, absolutely gorgeous! Left an earlier comment but it must have ended up in cyberspace somewhere - anyway, what I said was I'd love some of that bread, and a little wine ...ok a lot of wine along with a chunk of WSU Cougar cheese. Have you ordered yet?

Karen said...

Beautiful!! I'm going to get up right now and mix up a batch of my ABin5 dough! It's been a while since I've made bread. Thanks for the kick in the pants! LOL

Barbara @moderncomfortfood said...

Home made bread is my favorite food in the world and this looks so very wonderful. Beautiful, a perfect texture, wonderful ingredients, and sourdough to top it all off. Many thanks for this great recipe.

Lynda said...

Homemade bread is the best of foods, and a loaf this pretty is a thing of beauty! Savor every bite.

Thibeault's Table said...

Beautiful loaf of bread. Perfect.

Donalyn said...

Wow - that is a handsome looking loaf of bread - glad you decided to eat it though, cause it looks very tasty!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

So beautiful! I used to bake all our bread years ago but quit when I lost my sourdough starter. I think you've inspired me to get a new starter and have another go at it!

Sue Sparks said...

It's a beauty, that's for sure! You can always print it, frame it and hang it up:)

Sippity Sup said...

The bread is art, the photo is art! This is a wonderful post. GREG

Megan said...

What a beautiful loaf! I love the banneton.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

This is lovely... The topping looks great!

Belinda said...

yperaged4511This is wonderful! I too am on the other side of fifty. Would you like to join in on my Bake and Break Bread Together Day this weekend? If so check out my blog: www.bigsurwriter.com
Thanks for sharing your recipes. I will post a link to your blog. Belinda