Every time I bake bread, I feel a satisfaction, especially with my sourdough is really at high. I like to bake with commercial yeast also. Still sourdough gives me immense satisfaction. I feed sourdough babies every day. After long time I baked this sourdough whole wheat bread. It is made with my white starter.
Currently I am maintaining two starters, one white starter and one rye starter. When I want to make rye bread I use rye starter. Otherwise I use white starter for all other bread. I have more bread baking books in my collection than any other cookbooks. One time when we are borrowing books from library, even the librarian asked me do you bake lots of bread. You can imagine number of bread baking books I checked out. This recipe is adapted from Josey Baker’s bread book. I had earlier tried cinnamon whole wheat bread from that book, which we loved.
My princess like good sourdough bread, which is not that sour, but it does have a lovely crunchy crust and chewy interior. Both I and hubby are fans of rye bread; once again rye is good for you. It is delicious but you need to have an acquired taste to find it tasty.
For this sourdough bread, I fed the starter 24 hours before making the starter for the bread. Starter was made late in the night. Next morning after 12 hours, I made the bread dough and did folding for 30 minutes interval for first 2 hours and then another 2 hours of rest. Then shaped the bread, I loved the trick of wrapping the dough with wet cloth and then sprinkling poppy and sesame seeds on the top so that it will stick to the bread easily. Otherwise whenever I try to sprinkle the seeds and nuts on the top of bread, it will floating here and there starting from baking bread baking and even during the final cutting. When comes to final bread you will see seeds and nuts in only few areas.
Actually this bread is adapted from a recipe which has sesame and poppy seed included in the bread, but I skipped it and only used seeds as topping, may be next time I will try to add it to bread. Here is the delicious whole wheat bread, give it try you will love it. Here comes the recipe.