I guess my search for this bread started about four years ago and I didn't even know that until now. The final parts started with my new starter that I made last November. That starter is made of equal parts of home milled flour from the these five grains Wheat, Rye, Barley, Spelt, and Kamut. I did this because I wanted the starter to have as many different sources as I could find for its yeast and bacteria. The original starter was at 100% hydration and is the easiest starter I have ever made. The only problem I had with it is that it didn't like white flour and I like to make white bread once in a while. I changed the flour that I feed the starter to 50% white flour and 10% of each of the other five flours. The hydration was lowered to 50% and is kept at room temperature. Here is a picture of the loaf.
I have been making this bread for over a month now and baking it in all different kind of shapes. The flavor of the bread is clearly special with a very nice open crumb. The crumb is surprisingly open to me since 50% of the flour is whole grain. The flour that the bread is made with is the same blend that I feed the starter with.
Whole Wheat Flour
Preferment 80% hydration
I make my preferment and let raise for 24 hours. The preferment is made with 2 grams of my storage starter and 67 grams of my flour blend and 53 grams of water. The preferment is then added to the water and broken up. The white flour is added next and mixed in to make a soupy solution. The five grains are added to the flour mill and ground into flour then sifted. This flour is then added to the rest and mixed into a shaggy mass and let rest for 30 minutes to an hour. The salt is then added and the dough is finished mixing. I do a few hours of bulk fermenting at room temperature and then place the dough out into the cold garage for an overnight retarding. The next morning I shape the loaf and place it into an oval basket. I then place the dough into the fridge to cook later that night. The oven is preheated to 460° F and then the dough is taken out of the fridge. I slash the loaf with one slash right down the middle. It is then cooked under a roasting pan for 30 minutes and then 15 minutes with out the roasting pan. Cooking time is 45 minutes all total. Here is a picture of the crumb.
I can't get over the nice big holes this bread has. The flavor starts off with a nice sweet taste to it but as you chew it up you get a nice mild sour flavor. I also have been waiting three days to cut the loafs after baking them and I feel the flavor is even better then. A number of people at work have said that this is their favorite bread of all the breads that I make. It really is amazing how good a bread can taste with just flour, water, and salt. I know it might be hard to get all the flours to make this bread but for me it is worth the effort.