Things That Can Be Carried on a Bike (#369 & #370)...and how I turned them into bread (recipe and pics)

#369 (on my way to work in the morning)...A canvas bag containing a couple books and writing implements, 3 plastic buckets of different sizes...the largest of them containing a whole wheat preferment made with an  additional seven grain mix and its cooking liquid,  the other containing a whole wheat autolyse with a few tablespoons of vital wheat gluten, and the smallest containing extra virgin olive oil, honey, and a few teaspoons of kosher salt.

#370 (On my way home in the late afternoon)...Two empty plastic dough rising buckets, and a cardboard box containing a canvas bag and three freshly baked loaves of 7-grain whole wheat bread.

7-Grain Whole Wheat Bread

Makes 3 loaves
1 cup (6.6oz/187g) 7-grain mix
3 quarts (96floz/2.83L) water

fully cooked grains
2/3 cup (5.3 oz/157ml) cooking liquid
2 cups (11oz/312g) whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons (.2oz/5.6g) instant yeast

4 cups (21oz/595.3g) whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons (.5oz/14g) vital wheat gluten
1 1/3 cups (10.5fl oz/315ml) cooking liquid

1/4 cup (2fl oz/59.1ml) honey
1/4 cup (2fl oz/59.1ml) olive oil
3 teaspoons (.3oz/8.5g) instant yeast
3 teaspoons (.5oz/14.1g) kosher salt

Combine the grain and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil; lower the heat to simmer and cook the rice for about 45 minutes or until very soft. As the grain cooks add more water to the pot as necessary because the cooking liquid, which is full of nutrients, will become part of the recipe. After the grains are cooked allow them to cool in the liquid to room temperature, refrigerating if necessary. Then drain it, squeezing it with your hands or the back of a spoon, reserving the cooking liquid.

Place two bowls side-by-side; one will hold the pre-ferment, the other autolyse. In one bowl combine the cooked and drained 7-grains with 2/3 cup (5.3 oz/157ml) of the cooking liquid, 2 cups (11oz/312g) whole wheat flour, and 2 teaspoons (.2oz/5.6g) instant yeast. Stir just until combined then cover it with plastic wrap. In the other bowl combine 4 cups (21oz/595.3g) whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons (.5oz/14g) vital wheat gluten, and 1 1/3 cups (10.5fl oz/315ml) cooking liquid; stir just until combined then cover it with plastic wrap (take care not to get yeast into this bowl). Allow the bowls to rest at room temperature for about an hour, during which time the preferment will begin it's job multiplying yeast and fermenting flour, and the autolyse will soak liquid, swelling the gluten.

After an hour or so, combine the ingredients from both bowls into the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the honey, olive oil, salt, and 3 teaspoons (.3oz/8.5g) of yeast (add the yeast and salt on opposite sides of the bowl). Knead the dough on medium speed for about 8 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled container, cover it loosely, and allow to ferment for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in bulk. Deflate the dough and allow it to ferment an additional 30 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and cut it into 2 or 3 pieces. Shape into loaves and place into lightly oiled pans. Loosely cover the loaves with plastic wrap and allow to ferment for 30-60 minutes, or until double in size and when gently touched with a fingertip an indentation remains. Preheat an oven to 450f (232.2C).

Bake the breads for about 30-40 minutes, adding steam to the oven a few times (either with ice cubes or a spray bottle) and rotating the breads every ten minutes. The breads are done when they are dark brown and sound hollow when tapped upon. Remove the breads from their pans and allow them to cook on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


Anonymous said…
Wanted to leave you a note on how much I enjoy your blog. I too love to bake bread and since April I have replaced my car with a Yuba Mundo. I use it haul everything from a handful of kids, a couple bags of chicken feed or grains, and my stuff from my twice monthly trip to Costco. One thing I always think when I read your blog is that you should invest in the Go-Getter bags for your Yuba. I realize it conceals what you're carrying, but I think it would be a whole lot easier - at least it is for me.
Keep riding (and baking)!
Joe said…
Anonymous...Thanks for visiting and commenting. You are not the first to suggest Go-Getter bags. I haven't purchased them for a couple reasons. One is that I simply don't like how they look...big bags hanging off the sides. Just my opinion. Another is I don't think I'd like to pile everything in them...I have had standard panniers on other bikes and found this to be the case. Again, just personal preference. Bungees, crates, straps, and nets seem to work for me. I am, though, thinking of building a sort of semi-permanent trunk for the deck. Not sure but maybe. I'll post it I I do. Peace.