Not quite sure what to call this but I took Mr P's idea of blitzing a whole orange and adding it into one of my ciabatta sourdoughs this weekend. I wanted to combine the orange zest taste with the nice sweet whole wheat taste you get from sprouted wheat. I have tried the sprouted wheat loaf before and liked it a lot but you need to spend a bit of time to get your wheat grains just right before grinding it up to add into the dough. Here is a link to the instructions.
I used 200g of 100% hydration starter with 260g of water and 200g of sprouted wheat ground up in a meat grinder.
Then in my blender I blitzed up the whole orange (160g) with some of the water and added in the ground sprouted wheat and a bit more water and blitzed the lot for a few seconds. I added this together with my starter, the rest of the water and 450g of flour.
The resulting dough was very sticky and wet but smelt fantastic. I did my usual long ferment with retarding in the fridge over 24hrs and then gentle stretching and folding over 4hrs before rough shaping and final prove for 1 1/2hrs. Back in the fridge overnight and bake in the morning.
Oh and for that added orange zing I used this amazing Australian 'Blood Orange' agrumato olive oil and worked a bit into the dough by putting generous glups on my hands and on the work bench whenever I handled, stretched and worked the dough.
I expected the crumb to be a bit more open considering how wet the dough was. However god knows what effect the orange juice and citrus rind has to the chemistry, not to mention the sugars released by the sprouted wheat. I've got no idea what was going on in there, but hey that's why we experiment with this stuff!..right?
Still I was happy that this bread was pretty open, light and soft and those orange bits worked a treat. I just tried some with avacardo, prawns and bacon. Yummy..yum..yum! It goes wonderfully well with seafood.
After that I just could not wait for breakfast to try it as toast so I toasted some to have with lime marmalade jam and coffee. I gotta say it was exceptional..thanks Mr P for the idea. Keep um coming.