@schragerorder @didaskalosfarm Let me know if you have additional questions as you go. Elizabeth, your flour combination plan sounds delicious.
@joyceigor and @carolinedonnelly64 Thank you for answering the questions about yeast water. Caroline, in the recipe blog, at the end of the photo gallery, you can see the yeast water bread and crumb.
Also as @amprincess noted, there is a wealth of info in these forums, specifically this thread Fermented fruit water
A lot of it is me picking the brain of @titanpilot2004
Stuart, I’m enjoying baking with yeast water still. Thank you again for all your help! These days, I either feed my water some currants that have no preservatives on them, or an apple.
I think you’re onto something with the sharp cabot cheddar. Sounds good!
@amprincess Thanks - scoring is fun on a lower hydration dough for sure.
@pastryrocks I’m glad to hear the recipe intrigues you. I’m interested in your buckwheat sourdough idea. If you don’t mind me asking - what percentage buckwheat flour vs. regular wheat do you use? (I know i have star anise in my spice collection, but I rarely use it - will have to give it a go.)
@michael4 The yeast water version of the recipe calls for:
270g water (1 cup + 2 Tbsp)
100g yeast water (scant 1/2 cup)
100g sourdough starter
This is a somewhat arbitrary ratio of regular water to yeast water. I was aiming for enough yeast water that if your sourdough starter is very dormant, the yeast water can do all the heavy lifting.
I have made plenty of breads where the only liquid and leaven is yeast water. But I have not explored how little yeast water - as the only leaven - I can get away with. Because yeast water doesn’t have the “use your starter when it doubles or triples” visual cue, you have to rely on smell and bubbling. To me this means if it’s your only leaven, you have to observe the dough and not the clock.
I’ve also observed that the more yeast water I used, the browner the crust. You may want to double check internal temperature when you bake because the look of the bread can be misleading.
I’m happy to answer any additional questions!