The rye at the end of about 36 hours of sprouting. The wet towel and plastic wrap keep it moist:
Here are the sprouts. First indication that things aren't going well ... the grains are sprouting unevenly. Some oversprouted, some didn't sprout at all:
This is after I put the sprouts (and 1/4 teaspoon salt) through the food grinder twice. (I'm only using 1 cup of grains here instead of the 2 cups I use for wheat bread.) This looks okay, if a little wet. I didn't add any water when I kneaded:
The loaf formed, on parchment, and ready for the oven. Again, looks ok:
Gently placing it in a preheated dutch oven:
And here's the result after 3 hours baking and a couple hours setting up in a cooling oven. My rye dud. It spread too much. I suspect less gluten means less protein structure to hold it together while it baked. It also could have been too wet.
This is the underside. You can see the impression of the original loaf:
As much as I like baking free-form, I'd use a small loaf pan for this the next time. And I wouldn't rinse it while it sprouted to cut back on moisture. I'd sprout it less too, just 24 hours. The taste? To be honest, this grain isn't the freshest. I detect some rancidness, maybe due to older grains, the ones that failed to sprout. This is the difficulty in buying ingredients that don't have a decent turnover. I mean, who's buying whole rye berries?
It sounds like the biggest challenge could be finding fresh grain. There is a new whole-foods-like store that opened up near me. I'm hoping that will be my ticket (I'm assuming their new stock will be fresh(er)).
Did it taste like rye bread? Kinda sour or something?
Okay, that's a good question, Claudia. I should have went there. I'm used to rye bread tasting like caraway. That was all I ever knew until I started eating this rye bread from The Baker. If I could find a good fresh! source for rye berries, this is what I'd shoot for. It wasn't what I got in my first attempt. Mine tasted a little sweet and a little sour, yes. I liked that it didn't taste like caraway.
The Baker doesn't look like they sprout or even grind very much. The berries are pretty intact. I'm going to try just soaking it, mincing it with a knife and squeezing it into a small loaf pan. What have I got to lose?
So it's a veggie burger, not a bread loaf! Still edible!
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