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semi-wild challah . semi-wild bread

Semi-Wild Bread

November 2008

Bread made with wild yeast initially captured in July 2007, following a recipe in Piano Piano Pieno by Susan McKenna Grant. As the cooler weather set in, I was once again having difficulty getting the dough AND the shaped bread to rise: cold kitchen = SLOW rise So I added a tiny bit of commercial yeast to the wild starter, water, all-purpose & whole wheat flours, and salt) . The dough still took forever to rise but here is the lovely result.

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

I used scissors to make the design.

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

I should have taken a photo of the bread just before it went into the oven. It was easily half the height. Talk about oven spring!

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

The crumb was nicely chewy and the flavour had a slight sour tone but a lovely nutty flavour. Even though the crust was quite dark, there was not even a hint of burnt aroma or taste.

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

Closer view of crumb

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

Even closer view of crumb

semi-wild yeast bread © ejm November 2008

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