Sunday, 22 May 2011

Four Grain Slovakian Sourdough bread

Dough Starter

1 Cup Flour .
1 Teaspoon Dry Yeast .
1/2 Cup Warm Water .

Mix the above , cover and set in warm dark place overnight to ferment .

Dough Mix 

1 Cup Warm Water .
1 Teaspoon Salt .
3/4 Cup Thick Sour Yogurt .
2 Cups Flour ( Maida )
1 Cups Wheat Flour .
1/2 Cups Ragi / Millet Flour .
1 Cup Oat Bran
1 Teaspoon Sugar .
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dry Yeast .

mix and kneed all the above for a good 10 minutes or run the dough programe on your machine . Place the dough in a large bowl which has been lightly oiled .Cover with a wet cloth and allow the dough to double in size - aprox 1 hour .

Lightly make a ball of the dough and place in a 8" round baking tray - again place in a warm place to rise - another hour .
Brush the bread with warm milk - sprinkle sesame if you like , I sprinkled chopped chives as I had them in the fridge .
Preheat oven to 250 C , place a bowl of water at the bottom to create steam / humidity in the oven and bake the bread 20 minutes .
Next lower temperature to 180 C , bake another 25 minutes .
The bread should be done , and upon tapping on the top you should get a hollow sound .
Brush the bread with oil / butter immediately after taking out from the oven . Cool on rack .
You get a fantastic crunchy loaf which is soft from inside .

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