This month we got a somewhat different task on our hands –Lynn of Cookie Baker Lynn decided that since the Babes are mighty and invincible, we could bake without flour. And, some of us actually did! I don’t count myself to this lucky Babe troop, although I tried twice.
The general idea was to sprout wheat berries and then mix them in a food processor together with yeast, salt and honey to make a dough. Which actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all!
I actually found organic berries, not only wheat but also farro and spelt. In the first try I used both wheat and farro, and they sprouted quite quickly – the wheat was a bit ahead of the farro. But the result – I’m not sure how to describe it other than – interesting.
It looks a bit like a gold bar (ingot?) and was as hard to slice.
The next try involved wheat berries only, more yeast and water, less salt and honey. That should have done the trick! But no. I don’t know what happened with the gluten, but it wasn’t there for the loaf. Which more or less fell apart. Below is a fake picture of a sandwich that consists of crumbles that have been shoved together to form a slice of bread. I can’t believe that I’m actually showing these photos (but the “sandwich” was in fact very good!).
But instead of going on about my failures, I would like to thank Lynn for bringing this wicked challenge along! It was so different and so much fun, and I actually learned a lot.
Besides the revolutionary, hippie-esque recipe – more things happened this month! We have new Babes in the classroom, and what Babes! They will bring along knowledge, experience, and new ideas. And they were introduced with this diabolic recipe … but they tackled it very bravely!
I am very excited about baking with these fine ladies.
But OK, move on, nothing more to see here, go find more successful sprouted breads elsewhere! E.g. the other mighty babes, including the new ones above! Tip: Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups has a lot of tips about making this bread.