After lot of Christmas baking, I revived my sourdough starter and started baking bread. And I baked Walnut leaven bread and this split chickpea sesame seed whole wheat bread. I like sourdough bread, as they are really filling, and if you eat a couple of slices you won’t feel hungry until for a few hours also they are healthier. This bread is adapted from Tartine No.3 book.
This is accidental bread. I had soaked chana dal/ split chickpeas for making eggplant curry., but when I cut the eggplant it was spoiled (even though from outside it was perfect), and that ended in garbage. So left with soaked chana dal/split chickpeas, while I was making the dough with sesame seed I got an idea, why don’t I add that soaked chana dal into the bread. I did that as I love to experiment. The original recipe asked for high extraction flour and 3 varieties of whole wheat flour, medium whole wheat and whole wheat flour. I have only atta (Indian whole wheat flour) and whole wheat flour so used that to make this bread. It is delicious and little hardy, as it is whole wheat. But you won’t feel any bitterness as it is sourdough, as sourdough increase the flavor of the grains. If you like sourdough, then you can try this bread.
Another good thing about sourdough bread is that it won’t stale for up to a week without any preservative compared to yeast bread. I and my husband both love the good sourdough loaf. I think next time I will increase a little water to make it more open crumb. I am not sure as it is whole wheat how much open crumb I can get it even with increased hydration. Everything is learning isn’t it? As it is cold outside, it is really fun to fire up the oven and bake some good bread.
I had two starters in hand till last year, but by the end of 2015 I lost my one starter. So once the temperature gets warm I will start one more starter to make bread. I love to incorporate ancient grains like quinoa, kamut, einkorn etc in my bread bakes, and older starter are stronger and yields flavorful multigrain bread.
For time being, I am sharing the recipe of this delicious Split chickpea sesame seed whole bread. Give it try.