I love big fat loaves with big fat holes, so I have been experimenting with high hydration sourdough and using a soaker with mixed grains and oat meal. Here is my latest attempt.
I am really happy with the nice big irregular holes in the crumb. The texture is really soft and moist and I think that the experiment with a 10% soaker of farmers mix multi-grains and 50% of the total water seemed to work.
I used my large granite mortar & pestle to grind up a small amount of rolled oats and some organic wheat grains which I added to some cracked rye and farmer's multi-grain mix. So I ended up soaking 50g of this mixture in 190g of boiling water. The seeds on top are white chia seeds I found the other day at my favourite wholesale foods outlet here. (I never knew you could get white ones, as I have only ever seen black. They make a nice topping)
Anyway I just love them holes and the light texture of this bread. This will become my standard weekly bread me thinks..
cheers Johnny :)