Quail Hollow Kitchens
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REcipes for Quail Hollow KitchensOur classes are intended to help you understand why breads behave the way they do. In our beginning courses you will become a better baker - more confident, more knowledgeable and more consistent in your baking. In our advanced sourdough class, you will explore the French autolyse method of bread making. 

Cheddar Jalapeno Levain

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This bread is perfect for your Halloween celebration or whenever you want a little spice in your life. It is perfect by itself with no added toppings. It’s best served warm to your family and friends. As discussed in most of my recipes, this style of bread is not kneaded but instead is gently stretched 3 or 4 times. The dough is stretched to aid the formation of a gluten network. This is done during the first fermentation when the dough is folded onto itself. Stretched breads are typically high hydration doughs (high water content).  This recipe is a high-hydration bread yet lower than many, around 77%, making it easier for the baker to handle and stretch. Don’t be fooled by the lower water content; its crumb is soft and moist and light as a feather. 

The salt in most of my stretch bread recipes may appear high at 2.5%, but the salt aids in the overall structure of the crumb. There is no kneading to a stretch bread, the gluten formation is achieved using high water content, higher salt and light folding. 

 
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My levain is stored at room temperature (60 to 77 degrees), not in the refrigerator.  Please read my blog on starters for more information.  

Autolyse and the first fermentation are at a much lower in temperature just room temperature about 70 degrees.

I always perform a bench rest. The bench rest for this recipe is 30 minutes.  Proofing is retarded in the refrigerator for 12 hours which helps to slow the fermentation down a bit and adds structure when turning the loaf into the dutch oven. you can omit the jalapenos and eat just cheese bread or omit the cheese.

 

Quail Hollow Kitchens’ Chedder Jalapeno Levain

Overall Formula - Makes 2 large 500 gram loafs

100 g Red Wheat (whole grain Central Milling – milled fine in a KoMo grain Mill)

300 g AP flour (Central Milling Organic) See note below

600 g bread flour (King Author Organic) See note below

750 g water non-chlorinated (hold back 4 TB approx. 50 grams)

200 g AP flour starter (feed in the last 6 hours, do a float test)

25 g sea salt

200 g cheddar cheese shredded

200 g cheddar cheese cubed

8 oz pickled jalapeno (1/2 jar sliced)

1 fresh red jalapeno thinly sliced

Liquid-Levain Build (your starter build)

200 g AP Flour

200 g water

50 g mature starter

 

Day 1. Mix liquid levain about 6 to 12 hours before the final mix and let stand covered at room temperature about 65 degrees F

 

Day 2. Next day mix water at room temperature about 65 degrees. Mix levain and water (except hold back). Next add Wheat and AP flours.  Slowly incorporate in bread flour until soft dough forms.

 100 grams of red winter wheat is added to water and starter. then remaining flours.

100 grams of red winter wheat is added to water and starter. then remaining flours.

Autolyse

Allow to rest covered for 3 hours at room temperature.  After the 3 hours gently fold in water salt and graded cheddar cheese.

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 Water, salt and cheese are gently folded in after autolyse

Water, salt and cheese are gently folded in after autolyse

 

Fermentation

Continue to proof at room temperature; this dough needs time to develop its sourdough flavor. For the first hour and a half, gently fold dough every 30 minutes. There should be three additional folds after the salt and cheese addition.  Allow the dough to rise slowly for an additional 3 hour to 4 hours,  you will see an increase in volume, large fermentation bubbles, and the dough will have a slight spring to its texture.

 Dough after first fold

Dough after first fold

 Dough after final fold and fermentation

Dough after final fold and fermentation

 

Bench rest

 This dough is different than most you will need to prepare it for bench rest, first split in two equal pieces.

This dough is different than most you will need to prepare it for bench rest, first split in two equal pieces.

 Start layering Jalapenos and cheddar cubes into the dough before you shape it for the 30 minute bench rest.

Start layering Jalapenos and cheddar cubes into the dough before you shape it for the 30 minute bench rest.

Next, empty contents of bowl  onto a lightly floured bread board. Split dough in ½ and layer on the jalapenos and cubed cheese before you allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Fold and form into a ball (see Kamut levain recipe for more details).

 
 The jalapenos and extra cheese cubes are added during bench rest and shaping to maintain structure in the dough.

The jalapenos and extra cheese cubes are added during bench rest and shaping to maintain structure in the dough.

 The first bread is ready for bench rest continue onto the second dough piece.

The first bread is ready for bench rest continue onto the second dough piece.

 Again layer the cheddar cubes and jalapenos into the dough will shaping for bench rest.

Again layer the cheddar cubes and jalapenos into the dough will shaping for bench rest.

 Both pieces of dough have jalapenos and cheddar layered in now cover the dough and allow to rest 30 minutes.

Both pieces of dough have jalapenos and cheddar layered in now cover the dough and allow to rest 30 minutes.

 

Proof

After your bench rest, shape dough into boule and place into well-floured proofing basket. Cover with plastic. Retard dough overnight in refrigerator for 12 hours. 

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 The dough has completely filled the proofing basket and is ready to be baked in the bread cloche and a 500 degree oven.

The dough has completely filled the proofing basket and is ready to be baked in the bread cloche and a 500 degree oven.

 

Bake

Day 3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F with a Dutch oven inside. Make sure you preheat long enough to bring the dutch oven up to temperature. Remove breads from refrigerator, slash with bread lame, and bake in a covered dutch oven which has been fully preheated to at least 465 degrees F for 25 minutes. Due to the cheese content, this loaf takes longer than most of my recipes.

Remove dutch oven lid and continue baking for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the internal temperature is above 200 yet below 210.

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We hope you enjoy this recipe comments and suggestions are always welcome. Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

Patricia Davis