Still baking because two more weeks and I won't have a decent loaf on my vacation in Ecuador! So, while it's steaming hot here and I can get away with sneaking a loaf or two into my oven with the whirring of my air conditioner and my wife off doing her pedicure and stuff… why not?
This is a pain au levain, best described as of relatively low hydration. Not what I usually use. But back in Bethesda I had done tests with hydration and flour. I actually liked the taste of these lower hydrated loaves. When I don't have time to search for a recipe or improvise, using any source that looks quick and easy. This comes from The Fresh loaf and it looked like it would fit my schedule!
I followed the recipe to the T, except I used Golden Buffalo rather then whole wheat. In addition, I played with the shapes. And I may have rushed the baking, not wanting my wife catching me heating up an already hot apartment. So the grigne looks a little ripped and the dough could of used more time to warm up from my fridge. Despite all that, it's a good tasting loaf and has some nice open crumb.