I have to say this has become one of my all-time favourite bread recipes and it’s all thanks to Marco at the Pastry Training Centre in Vancouver for sharing this recipe with us. Bread making should be a very relaxing experience and something that should be done with care and attention. I find kneading dough very therapeutic and it helps to relieve any stresses the day may have brought with it. And not forgetting that first slice of freshly baked bread makes everything right with the world! As you can see from the picture the recipe can easily be adapted to make loaves or baguettes but will require a slightly longer baking time. Enjoy! ~J
- 480g Anita’s Organic Unbleached White Flour
- 330g Anita’s Organic Whole Wheat Flour Fine Grind or Stoneground (Red Fife also works well)
- 14g salt
- 14g fresh yeast (or 7g of dried)
- 14g of butter (olive oil also works well)
- 24g sourdough starter (for flavour)
- 520ml warm water
- Firstly soak the Whole Wheat Flour in 410 ml of the water for 10 minutes to soften the bran & germ.
- Mix all the remaining ingredients (and the soaked whole wheat) together in a large bowl or on a work surface until loosely combined. Knead dough (without adding any additional flour) for approximately 10 minutes. Adding extra flour will dry out the dough. When dough is smooth and elastic, shape into a round, sprinkle lightly with a small amount of flour, cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof for 90 minutes (dough can be left to proof on the work surface).
- After 90 minutes pat down dough and weigh it. Divide the dough into equal 80g pieces (100g for larger rolls) and shape into rolls. Bench rest the dough for 15 minutes before placing on lined baking trays. Again sprinkle with a small amount of flour, cover and allow to proof for another 60 minutes.
- Slash tops of rolls with razor and bake for 28 minutes (with steam) at 340F
Funding support provided, in part, by the BC Government’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the Government of British Columbia.