Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bread Baking Babes : Carrot Bread

Heather, the Bread Baking Babe of the month, found this great tasting orange bread for us to bake, she chose it because it was a bit challenging due to: hard to find ingredients and more steps than usual in preparation.

Our host adapted it from :Artisan Breads: Practical Recipes and Detailed Instructions for Baking the World's Finest Loaves . You can enjoy her post here.
The crust on the bread it's pure joy, the colour it's fantastic and the toasted seeds are addicting !!  Really loved it toasted and my mum even more....she finished it when she came for lunch !!


by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 28 hours (mostly unattended)
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: bake bread vegan dairy-free soy-free carrots flour

Ingredients (3 loaves)
    for the Poolish:
    • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • 1 cup lukewarm water + more as needed
    • 2-1/2 cups (13 ounces / 364 grams) stone ground rye flour
    for the Dough:
    • 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
    • 3/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
    • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup carrot juice, lukewarm
    • 1-1/4 cups grated carrot
    • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
    • 6-6-1/2 cups (29.4-31.8 ounces / 823.2-890.4 grams) bread flour
    • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon golden syrup (or honey or maple syrup)
    • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
    • 4 teaspoons sea salt
    for the Crackle Glaze:
    • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
    • 3/4 cup + 1-1/4 tablespoons (4.7 ounce / 131.6 gram) rice flour
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1-3/4 teaspoons sunflower oil
    • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
    Day 1: Make the Poolish
    Dissolve the yeast in the water, and let sit a few minutes to bloom. Whisk in the flour until smooth - if it is very thick, continue whisking in more water until it is the consistency of a thick batter. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours; at this point it should be a bit bubbly.

    Day 2: Baking Day
    In a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with dough hook attachment), dissolve the yeast in the carrot juice, let sit a few minutes until it looks creamy (bloomed). Add the grated carrot, parsley, the lesser amount of bread flour, golden syrup, and the poolish to the bowl. Knead on low speed for 3 minutes. If the dough doesn't seem too sticky, then don't add any more of the flour; it will firm up as it is kneaded (plus you have more to add to it).

    Add the oil to the bowl and knead for another 8 minutes. Add the salt, increase the speed, and knead until elastic, about 7 more minutes. At this point, the dough will not be sticky any longer. Use the extra flour, a tiny bit at a time, to remedy the dough if it is. Add the toasted seeds, and gently mix in.

    Place the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl or container and cover. Let sit for 60-90 minutes, *knocking the dough back halfway through. To knock the dough back, remove it from the bowl and set it on a work surface. Use your hands to knock the air out of it. Fold the edges towards the center to form a cushion. Replace in the container, seam side down.
    make the Crackling Glaze:
    While the dough is rising, dissolve the yeast in the water in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining ingredients. It should be spreadable, but not runny. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before using.

    shaping and baking:
    Turn the dough out onto a lighty floured work surface and divide into 3 equal parts (approximately 78 ounces of dough to equal three 26 ounce portions).

    Form the portions into three round balls, and cover them with a clean tea towel. Let rest for 10 minutes.
    Shape each circle of dough into an oblong loaf, by gently pressing ball down into a circle and then tucking/rolling into shape. Set loaves, seam side down, onto a lightly floured bread peel or thin cutting board. Glaze the loaves generously with the crackling glaze (you'll have a lot of leftover glaze), and leave to rise at room temperature for 60-75 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size and the the surface is crackled.

    Place a baking stone into the oven, and preheat to 475° F during last 20 minutes or so of rise time.
    Slide the loaves onto the stone (let them rise directly on a baking sheet or two if you don't have a stone - slide that into preheated oven) and spray generously with water. Close oven door. Lower the temperature to 400° F after 5 minutes. After another 10 minutes, open the oven door to let in a little air. Repeat two more times (every 10 minutes). Total baking time will be 45 minutes.

    Remove bread from oven and cool on a wire rack.


    Heather S-G said...

    Hi Natalia, long time no "talk"! I'm so happy that you joined in the BBBabes and BBBuddies challenge this month...and even happier that you enjoyed the results. Your bread turned out beautifully. :)

    Paloma said...

    That bread looks good! Miss you at TCSB!

    Paloma said...

    Hi Natalia! :) Happy New Year!

    Manu said...

    Natalia ciao,
    sto organizzando uno SWAP sul mio blog.
    Se ti va di partecipare o semplicemente leggere di che si tratta passa a trovarmi.
    Un abbraccio

    Cubic Zirconia China said...

    Really cool tips, thanks for sharing.