BFS/BaaS – basic loaf recipe

Based on my workshop during this year’s https://openalt.cz conference, here is the basic loaf recipe.

  • 3 cups of flour (rye / wheat, wholemeal / regular) – try different mixtures for different results. Regular white flour (wheat) will give you the basic white loaf, 60:40 mixture of wheat:rye will give you a standard Czech loaf “Sumava”
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (mixture of whole and crushed)
  • (optional) 1/2 cup of seeds (sunflower / hemp / chia / flax / pumpkin / ……)
  • 1/2 cup of sourdough starter

Mix all the ingredients and knead the dough, put in a rising basket, cover with a plastic bag. wait until the dough doubles in size, the time is very dependent on a lot of factors, usually takes between 3-8 hours.

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Preheat the oven, transfer the risen dough on a preheated baking tray. Start baking on high (250 degrees)

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spray a little bit of water inside the oven at the beginning – it will create vapor and will help the bread raise even more

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turn to lower temperature (180 degrees) after 15 minutes.

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Bake for another approx. 25 minutes (check the color). As soon as the loaf cools down a little bit it is ready to go!

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