- 1 3/4 cups sprouted wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 pinch yeast
- 2 1/2 cups sprouted wheat flour
- all poolish
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 tsp yeast
- 2 tsp salt
- Mix poolish the night before (it rises for 12-14 hours in 70 degree room). Cover well with plastic wrap.
- Mix dough (using glass, ceramic, or stainless bowl) . Weigh out water separately Weigh flour, measure yeast and mix into flour Add poolish and most of water; rest of water depends on dough stickiness. (lean toward sticky). Blend ingredients enough to get all of flour incorporated.
- Let dough sit for 30 minutes (this is called autoleasing). Cover dough with plastic wrap to prevent drying.
- Remove dough from bowl onto floured counter or kneading board. Pat down to pop bubbles. Sprinkle salt onto dough.
- Knead dough until strong but flexible (Windowpane test is a good indicator. See baking tips for this month). This will take 12–15 minutes by hand.
- Oil your cleaned bowl and place dough (turn to coat both sides) into it. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until poofy (about 1 hour for 75 degree dough).
- (Optional step) Place dough on kneading board and punch down . Fold 4 times (don’t knead) and place back in bowl for 2nd rise (about 1–1 ½ hours).
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees. For best baking results let oven preheat for 1 hour, especially if you've placed a baking stone (pizza stone) in oven.
- (Optional step) Divide dough in half and pre-shape into baguettes. Cover and let them rest until relaxed (about 15–20 minutes).
- Shape dough (final tightening of dough into baguette shape).
- Place baguettes onto parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and rise somewhere warm until full of gas (about 45 mintues).
- Score (cut) the dough and steam it by wetting the surface (I use a spray bottle of water).
- Quickly put dough into oven and turn temperature to 460 degrees.
- Bake 20-25 minutes. DO NOT open oven door for first 15 minutes.
- At 20 minutes test for doneness by inserting a thermometer into center of bread. Should read 190 – 206 degrees.
- Remove bread from oven. Immediately transfer to a cooling rack and let cool before slicing
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