Light rye bread | Dr Doughlittle

Light Rye Bread with Caraway Seeds,70% hydration.

Following the previous Rye with Wheat Bran bread, I next tried using half the amount of rye flour with the same hydration. This time I also used the No Knead method and added caraway seeds. The result was a thin crispy crust; soft, chewy and large holed crumb with the aroma of caraway! Lovely!

60g Unbleached Light Organic Rye Flour
300g Unbleached Organic Bread Flour
1/4 tsp sea salt

Proofing bread | Dr Doughlitle

The dough after 14 hrs. proofing.

1/2 tsp yeast
1 Tbs Caraway seeds
1/2 Tbs Wheat bran flakes
252g warm water ( 70% hydration )

Shaped dough | Dr Doughlittle

Shaped dough and floured banneton.

Mix thoroughly all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in the warm water and work this in and leave the sticky dough covered, overnight. After 12 to 14 hours, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and let it rest a few minutes before shaping into a ball.

Proofing | Dr Doughlittle


Risen dough | Dr Doughlittle

2 hours later.

score bread | Dr Doughlittle

On Baking sheet,scored.

 I use a banneton basket to proof the dough for the next 2 hours. When it has doubled in size, transfer the dough onto baking paper, score it and, and then bake in a hot oven at 230˚C for 30 minutes or till it’s brown and tapping the loaf produces a hollow sound.

Loaf cooling on rack | Dr Doughlittle

Loaf cooling on a rack.

-To prevent the dough from sticking to the sides of the banneton, some bakers use rice flour or a 50:50  mixture of rice and all-purpose flour.
-An easy and gentle way to move the loaf from the basket to the oven is to place a cut sheet of parchment over the top of the basket, then place your peel over that.  Flip the basket over, remove it, score the loaf, then move the parchment containing the bread on to your stone.
-If you don’t have rice flour, try using coarse semolina, rye, wheat germ/bran, or something similar. Otherwise, use a lot of flour.

“The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain common work as it comes certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.”    ― Robert Louis Stevenson


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