First thing I tried of course was beer bread. The first recipe was a sort of a no-knead bread with baking soda, which given my dedication to sourdough for me was blasphemy! I should have remember of my no-knead curse, but I did not and here's the result. A terrible loaf, full of butter, crumbly and heavy like a stone. Surprising (or not?!) my boyfriend loved it... I have to say it was kind of tasty but with the same off-flavor that the beer has, and definitely wrong from a baker perspective.
Recipe follows for the second loaf I tried. The result was a fantastic, well risen, well developed loaf made with sourdough and of course, thoroughly kneaded. What was surprising for me is that the beer's olive off-flavor disappeared. I like to think that the good lactobacilli of my glorious starter fought the evil microorganism in the beer and destroyed the olive taste... well, maybe.
- 120 grams of beer at room temperature
- 4 g of salt
- 18 g of brown sugar
- 20 g of unsalted butter - melted and cooled
- 520 grams of sourdough starter (100% hydration)
- 130 g of rye flour
- 190 g of AP flour
- 100 g of bread flour
- 1 1/2 Tbsp of sesame seeds (for topping, optional)
- Mix all the ingredients and let the dough rest for 30 minutes. Knead for 4-5 minutes until dough reaches medium development. Place in a slightly oiled bowl and let rise for 1 1/2 hour (should double in size). Delicately fold the dough and place it in a loaf pan and place it in the fridge overnight (up to 12 hours) to retard rising. It is possible to see some rising while in the fridge. Take the loaf out and proof for 45-60 minutes. Bake 375°F for about 40-45 minutes (internal temp 190°F).
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