Five-Grain Levain

Preparation info

  • Dough Yield: About


    loaves at 1.5 lb each
    • Difficulty


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By Jeffrey Hamelman

Published 2004

  • About

This is One of the Most Delectable Breads I Have Ever Eaten. It has a high percentage of whole grains and a solid level of acidity, yet it is surprisingly light. What appears to be a misprint—98 percent hydration—is in fact correct. The grains in the soaker take in a great deal of the overall dough water, and once mixed, the bread has a moderately loose texture. The percentage of salt appears high at first glance as well, but it is necessary to add salt to the soaker grains as well as to th