Sourdough Kamut-Rye Bread

Time again for the bi-weekly bread bake: I usually bake at least 2 loaves and go through about a loaf a week. I freeze one and eat the other fresh. I love how well the whole grain sourdough breads hold up – by day 7 it’s getting a bit drier, but the crumb still has good texture and it tastes just fine.

Keeping it simple, I made my standard whole grain kamut, with just a bit of rye thrown in for a more rustic flavor:

  • 100g whole grain kamut levain
  • 1000g whole grain kamut
  • 150g whole grain rye
  • 2% salt
  • water

Mix all the ingredients and knead until the gluten structure is somewhat developed. Rise for about 6h at room temperature – give it a folding after about 4h. Shape and allow to proof for another 60 – 90 minutes. Bake in a hot oven.

The apple tart was a bonus pastry I free-styled with some left-over pizza dough laminated with a bit of butter. It disappeared really quickly.


My second submission to YeastSpotting.

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4 Responses to Sourdough Kamut-Rye Bread

  1. asa says:

    Is the “levain” just the sourdough starter? Would a rye starter work too? How many cups of flour are the grams measurements equal to? How much salt is “2%”? Thank you 🙂

    • Basically – it’s a pre-dough made from a bit of sourdough starter and flour (about 10% of the entire amount of flour in the recipe). Sure, you can use either rye or wheat sourdough starter.
      I avoid volume measurements because they are not accurate – they vary depending on the grind of the flour and how much you pack the cup. Roughly, a cup is 140g (per Wikipedia). I highly recommend using weight measurements – so much easier. That’s also how you compute the 2%: 2% of 1000g (the total flour amount) is 20g (about 4 tsps).

  2. Kristi says:

    Your loaves are scrumptious! Thank you for sharing ❤

    What hydration percentage do you typically use? Have you ever tried it in a loaf pan for sandwich bread? Have you ever tried 1/2 Kamut 1/2 Rye? :::inquiring minds wanna know::: grin

    • Thanks for the kudos.
      Pan loafs are great for sandwich bread. I got myself a big old pullman tin just to make toastbread.
      Sadly, I am not baking anymore these days. All my time is sucked into the vortex that is 1785Cider.

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