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Grain Crust Bread

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Rest Time 9 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 1 people

Ingredients
 

  • 400 g Whole wheat kamut flour
  • 200 g Swiss brown flour
  • 7 g Dry yeast
  • 17 g Salt
  • 10 g Rye malt
  • 3 g Bread spice
  • 60 g Flaxseed crushed
  • 100 g Grain and seed mix
  • 450 ml Lukewarm water

Instructions
 

Explanation for both types of flour:

  • Kamut flour is the name for a very old variety of spring wheat, namely Khorasan (Chorasan) wheat. It was long forgotten, but has been rediscovered for some time and is becoming increasingly popular because it is much healthier and more sustainable than the wheat we have known for years. Because Khorasan was a region in Central Asia, this type of grain, which was cultivated 6000 years ago, got its name. It has a wonderfully nutty taste that gives every bread a very special "kick". It has a high protein content and good adhesive properties. In addition, it has a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, contains a variety of vitamins (including E, B1 and B2) and minerals such as zinc, magnesium and especially selenium. However, it is not a substitute for a gluten-free diet. For some with gluten problems, however, it is easier to digest than conventional wheat.
  • Wheat flour is wheat flour, which still contains part of the outer shell layer. The degree of grinding should be 85%. This then corresponds to flour type 1100 (Switzerland). Due to the protein and mineral substances and vitamins from the surface layer, this flour is rated as "more valuable" than conventional white flour. It also has a more intense taste and is very suitable for bread and rolls without sourdough, as they are often made in Switzerland. So I can only warmly recommend both flours, even if you have to order them online. I use them more and more. But there are mills that already sell these varieties, and if you contact them directly, you can order larger quantities right away and don't have to pay the increased postage at Amazon.

Making bread:

  • Sift both flours into a very large bowl and mix with the yeast and any other dry ingredients. Pour in the lukewarm water and knead it with the dough hook of the hand mixer until a compact dough is formed. Then knead a little with your hands, shape the dough into a ball with oiled hands, close the bowl tightly and place in a warm place for 7 hours. If the oven is not required for any other purpose, switch it on to 35 ° O / bottom heat and place the bowl there. In warm temperatures - as it is now - it is enough to put them in the sun. While the dough is resting, fold the dough several times every hour with a rubber spatula and put it back in the warm place. Repeat this 3 - 4 times.
  • Then dust a proofing basket well with flour, shape the dough into a ball, pour in, brush its surface lightly with water and then dust a little with flour. Then cover the proofing basket with a cloth and let the dough rest and rise for another 2 hours.
  • Shortly before the end of the last dough rest, preheat the oven to 240 ° O / bottom heat. If you have a baking stone, heat it up on the grid on the 2nd rail from the bottom and place a heat-resistant bowl underneath. When the oven has reached temperature, tip the bread blank onto a wooden slider and slide it onto the stone. Pour 150 ml of cold water into the bowl, close the oven immediately and bake the bread for 15 minutes. Without a stone, sprinkle the tray with flour and overturn the blank bread from the proofing basket onto the tray, slide it into the oven on the 2nd rail from below, fill the bowl with 150 ml of cold water, immediately close the door and bake the bread for 15 minutes. Then - in both cases - switch the temperature down to 200 ° and bake for another 40 - 45 minutes. To check whether the bread is baked through, knock on the underside. If it sounds hollow, it's done.
  • You can cut approx. 13 oval, divisible slices from the bread and it has a weight of approx. 1200 g.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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