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by | Jan 30, 2008 | Bread

German bread or rye breads are one of my holy grail or crosses to carry in my quest to wake up America to a  really tasty loaf! Recently aided by Maggie Glezer on some BP% issues I had forgotten from my school training, I set about to conquer a challenging 3 stage detmold rye @ 100%! No easy feat let me tell you, so I ended up with a softic air bag of gummy rye and was about to give up when I remembered a book my friend Nils had told me he used. So I looked through the pages found one formula and trying to translate with a computer translator; my kinder German and bier ordering are pretty much what I know, so  I set about making this monster amount of dough! I just said screw doing the math and proceeded to grind whole grains with a mill I borrowed from work, and seeded the levain, soaked the grains and seeds! I was on my way, overnight and into the following day I didn’t give in, I even e-mailed Nils for some help and continued finally trying to make this mother of all doughs by hand in the largest salad bowl I could find!

Et voila, a fine dough with really a thoothy and mild but delicious cake like bite! So don’t give up and by all means do the math! This is a lot of dough, I gave three loaves to neighbors and friends!

    Formula from:

Brotrezepte aus ländlichen Backstuben – Landküche (Gebundene Ausgabe)                      

  Sourdough Build:
– 900g whole-rye flour
– 405g rye flour, Type 1150
– 1350g water
– 250g rye sourdough, hydration: 100%

– 200g rye kernels
– 570g chopped rye

– 200g grain-mix (sesame, flaxseed, sunflower seeds
– 1350g boiling water


– Sourdough Build
– Soaker
– 300g whole-rye flour
– 135g rye flour, Type 1150
– 10g dried yeast
– 100g warm water
– 1 tsp sugar
– 3 tbsp salt
– 100g grain-mix for the top of the loaf

-> Proof dried yeast in the 100g warm water for about 10 minutes.
-> Mix dough and put into 2 loaf tins, then bake
(nor bulk or final fermentation at room temperature)
-> Bake for 60 minutes at 190°C


1 Comment

  1. Nils

    You made the entire batch? Wow, that’s bucket full of dough I reckon. The mother of all doughs – I like that. Looks excellent.


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