Monday, December 8, 2008

multi-seed rye with pics

when i bake bread, i don't think along the lines of baguette, ciabatta etc. i just do it without much of an expectation. whatever bread turns out, i'm delighted it turned out well! this way i'm never disappointed. and because of this, every home made bread is a great bread.  :)

okay, this is similar to the multi seed wholemeal baked last week except i used more rye and less bread flour this time.

overnight starter
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • less than 1/4 tsp instant yeast
12 hours later, we get this mess. smells nice though.

if you wait till 16 hours, it's fine too, but i haven't tried longer than that.

on baking day...

mix with
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 seed mixture - flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
  • adequate water until the dough feels sticky.

 2 hours later...

i could have waited longer but can't wait to start the next process.

well, take it out, proof and shape for another rise before baking.

another 2 hours after shaping it. the dough has grown a lot more.

you could wait longer but i had enough!

remember, slow rise = great bread. teaches us, the new generation of instant gratification spoiled brads, the value of being patient...

before baking, put more sunflower/pumpkin seeds on top. you could put raw ones here as once baked, they'll be delicious!

simply delicious!

they grow a bit more in the oven.

what do you call this? ciabatta?

i couldn't be bothered. i call it a great bread!

dipped in thick stew, soup or butter, all taste good!

oh yeah, someone asked what does the chinese characters below the title mean? literally translated, it means "an idiot making biscuit". meaning someone who doesn't know what he's doing but making a go at it. sounds like me baking bread! ha ha!


  1. I bought high protein flour from a supermarket yesterday. It's a local brand, NONA, and the flour is called Top Flour (RM5.25 per 900 gm). I'm going to try using this to test out your biga method ;-) Probably this weekend. Will tell you how it goes. Am probably going to make a cheesecake too while I am at baking bread.

  2. so how did it go?

    hmm... cheesecake...