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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Baking A White Durum Wheat Loaf

I am always looking for ways to spruce up the everyday bread that we use in the house. For today's bread I decided to use a third Durum Wheat, also called Semolina. Being always curious to know what one of my experiments taste like, I cut a slice of the still warm bread to taste ... and loved it. Just at that moment, a whole troop of teenagers came through the kitchen. They finished the loaf in less time than it took to cool down! Fortunately, I had baked two loaves, but it was a good testament to the success of the recipe.

In a large mixing bowl, measure 2 cups (500 ml) durum wheat (semolina), 2 cups (500 ml) white bread flour, and 2 cups (500 ml) cake flour.

Add a teaspoon (5 ml) salt and a tablespoon (12,5 ml) sugar.

Mix the dry ingredients well.
Option 1: If using Instant Dry yeast, add a packet to the dry ingredients.

Add 2 cups (500 ml) of your sourdough starter.

Add one egg, 1/3 cup (80 ml) cooking oil, and enough lukewarm water to bring the dough together. I used just slightly less than a cup of water to mix my dough.
Option 2: If using Active dry yeast, add a packet to 1/2 cup (125 ml) lukewarm water, add the sugar and allow a few minutes for it to froth up.

Here you can see me adding a little water at a time until I can bring the dough together.

Knead the dough for roughly 10 minutes and then divide the dough in half.

Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick coating and lightly dust with flower.

Shape the dough balls into something resembling rugby balls and place them on the baking sheet.

Cut 3 diagonal grooves into each of the loaves.

Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm dry place.

Once risen, the dough will almost have doubled in size.

Brush the tops of the loaves with egg yolk.

Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

A close-up view of the sesame seeds.

Bake for about 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 °C.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.

If you want to prevent a hard crust from forming, you can cover the bread with a damp cloth while it is still hot.

This bread is sure to be popular with just about everyone.

Serve with your normal butter and preserves, cheeses, cold meats, etc.

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