Peter, in his book, "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," said that people really liked this bread. Since I'd like to add a multigrain sandwich bread to my Farmer's Market menu, I thought I'd try this one.
The dough starts with a "soaker." I don't know the difference between a soaker and a starter; they are probably the same thing. This soaker is a combination of coarse cornmeal, wheat bran, rolled oats, and water. It's a good opportunity to use the freshly-ground cornmeal from the farmer's market the other day. The bowl is covered with plastic wrap, and left on the counter overnight so the enzymes can start working.
I didn't have a 9" x 5" loaf pan, so I used two 8.5" x 4.5" pans. I let them rise a bit longer, so that the loaves would bake taller.
Here are the finished loaves. They were baked for 20 minutes, and then the loaves were rotated 180 degrees. Then, they were baked an additional 20 minutes. They turned out golden brown!
I was hoping that the loaves would come out taller. I guess that's why a single two pound loaf was suggested in the recipe.
We really enjoyed this bread. Very tasty. Even though it's called a multigrain bread, however, it seemed to contain mostly bread flour. I might experiment with the recipe--to remove some of the white flour and add additional whole grain flours.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting! I look forward to hearing your comments and seeing your breads.