So, over the past three weeks I got a bit obsessive watching the past seasons of The Great British Bake Off. After the current season ended on PBS, I picked up all the rest on YouTube… plus the snippets…and the irritating Comic Relief ones… and the Master Classes… and pinned and saved a whole heap of Mary & Paul’s recipes… (I’ll get around to making them …eventually.)
I’d like to think I learned a thing or two… actually, I’d like to think I’ve become a master baker just by watching TV, but that’ll happen when I can get ripped abs just by polishing the Bowflex in the basement. But, all this bake viewing has done some very good things – it’s removed a lot of the mysticism, fear and stigma I’ve had about making bread – it’s taught me not to be so anal about the processes – and most importantly, to relax… even good bakers make crappy bread from time to time.
The Multi Multi Multi
I decided to play it kind of safe for my first uncharted bread. It’s based loosely on the milk bread recipe in the sense there’s a cooked roux. I’ve also added 5 different grains to the recipe (the 1st Multi) – Whole Grain Whole Wheat, Rye, Rolled Oats, Corn Flour (the fine-milled meal, not corn starch), and Standard Bread Flour. I’ve used a minimal amount of active dry yeast plus 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter (Multi #2), and finally, I’ve used 3 different techniques (Multi numero tres) to create the loaves.
Overkill? Yeah, a bit. But I’m the sort that brings a gun to a knife fight.