The following multigrain recipe is a bread I developed for the Bread Baking Basics app and it was such a surprise, I’m eager to post it here. A surprise on many levels. The way whole grains become seamlessly incorporated. How un-dense, how un-heavy this was relative to what I expected. How flavorful and hearty it tasted and ate. The crust alone is as satisfying as a pretzel. A slice of this with some hot lentil soup would make a great winter meal (or better, a slice toasted, rubbed with garlic and buttered). I love this combination of whole grains—I think all breads need some plain white bread flour or they become too dense—but you can experiment with all different kinds of grains and flours by weight if you wish.
- 8 ounces/240 grams bread flour
- 4 ounces/120 grams whole wheat flour
- 3 ounces/90 grams rolled oats
- 3 ounces/90 grams corn grits
- 2 ounces/60 grams buckwheat flour
- 1 ounce/30 grams flax seeds
- 12 ounces/340 grams water
- 2 teaspoons/10 grams kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon/3 grams active dry yeast (if you need a fast rise, you can double this)
- sunflour seeds, more rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, as needed for garnish
- Combine all ingredients, except for the garnish, in the bowl of a standing mixer (or any bowl if you’re mixing by hand). Mix and knead the dough until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. You should be able to stretch the dough to translucency without tearing it.
- Let the dough rise in the bowl, covered, till it’s doubled in size, at least two ours and as many as four.
- Knead the dough to force out gas and redistribute the yeast. Let it rest for ten minutes covered with a towel.
- Ready a banneton or put a kitchen cloth or cotton napkin in a bowl. Dust it with some of the buckwheat flour, a pinch of oats and seeds as you wish.
- Shape the dough: push it back and forth on your countertop between your hands, spinning it as you do to create a tighter and tighter ball.
- Put the dough top side down into the prepared banneton or cloth-lined bowl. Cover with a towel and let it rise for a good hour.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. If you’re baking on a sheet pan, put this in the oven as well.
- When the second rise is done, upend the dough onto your baking surface, slash it 3 or 4 times with a sharp knive and bake for a half hour. Turn the oven down to 375 degrees F. and continue baking till done, another 15 to 30 minutes. (If you’re unsure about doneness, use a thermometer and remove the dough when its internal temperature is 200 degrees.
Yield: one 2-pound loaf