[Sca-cooks] kasha/groats bread from estrella siege

Kathleen A Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Tue Feb 24 09:38:36 PST 2009

to those interested, here is cedric's groats/kasa bread 
recipe and process.

I am not sure why someone would want this bread recipe, as 
I considered this one a failure.  But...  This was 
basically a modification of a peasant bread that I make, 
using buckwheat.

1.5 cups of buckwheat, ground by hand into flour.  Some 
small kernals remained
1.5 cups of flour, not sure of the type of white flower we 
had.  I expect general purpose.
1+ cup warm water
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp caraway
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp cumin

Place yeast in cup of warm water for 10 min or until yeast 
building.  Mix all other ingredients except salt in dough 
bowl.  Add yeast water and slowly mix. I add the salt 
slowly as I mixed.  I added a little more water as I went 
until I had made the dough smooth and kneaded.  Then let 
rise until you can't wait any longer or it gets 1.5 times 
original size.  Punch down and then let rise for another 
30 minutes on round baking stone.  (Bake at roughly 375 
for 30 (or so) minutes)

Now, the things that I would change.  First I have 
contemplated soaking the buckwheat first before grinding, 
since i have never worked with buckwheat I am not sure how 
this would work.  But I would try.  Second, the bread rise 
was not what I expected, I think the gluten was low in 
what we had and as I add the salt later in the recipe, I 
don't think it reacted well with the yeast as needed to 
form a good rise.  I would have prefered a larger rise. 
 Also, the brick oven I used, the temperature is not 
something you can control easily, so I started the baking 
around 400 degrees and as the temperature loss occured, I 
rotated the bread and even moved it to the front to give 
it a longer bake time.  So basically, I played in the oven 
for awhile.  And the cumin, for me it was a little too 
much, but others thought it was good.

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Kathleen Roberts
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University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
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