I saw this in a cookbook for Williams Sonoma Breads (a very thick book with lots of tips and instructions!). I didn’t check the book out of the library, instead I just wrote down this recipe. But I may go back and get the book sometime because it had tons of stuff in there! I liked that this used buttermilk and maple syrup.
Here is the recipe, cut in half for one loaf instead of two:
- 2tsp yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- orange zest (optional, I had mixed it with the sugar – this is not in the original recipe)
- 1/2c warm water
- 3/4c tepid buttermilk (I used kefir)
- 2Tbs maple syrup
- 2Tbs oil
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1.5c wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 1.5-2c bread flour
Add yeast and sugar to warm water and keep aside for 10 minutes till foamy.
Mix the buttermilk, maple syrup, and oil with 1c whole wheat flour. Beat it very well for a few minutes. Add in the yeast and the rest of the whole wheat flour. Mix again. Add in bread flour 1/2c at a time(I add the salt with the first 1/2c here) till a soft dough forms. Knead until it is smooth and only slightly sticky. Form into a ball.
Place in an oiled bowl and turn the dough ball to coat lightly with the oil. Cover and keep aside to rise 1-1.5 hours.
Grease a loaf pan. Flatten the dough into a rectangle and fold the long sides over in thirds. Then take the short end of the dough and roll it as tightly as you can, keeping surface pressure on the outside of the dough. Roll it under your hands to even it out and make it the length of your loaf pan. Place it inside and cover with plastic (I keep a plastic bag from some large wraps I had bought and place the loaf pan inside this). Rise for an hour or until it peaks above the sides of the pan.
In the last half hour, preheat the oven to 350.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
I have to admit I didn’t love this bread. Its fine, but not my favorite one. Others liked it but I felt there was something not quite right about the taste. It could be the yeast I used (I don’t think I will buy that yeast again because it has a very strong odor in whatever I made with it), it could be the tang of the kefir. It could be my user error because it took FORVER for the dough to rise, probably due to the cold weather. I would give this another try though, because its probably my fault and not the recipe.
Sending to BYOB.