Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Garlic Multigrain Bread - #BreadBakers

Talk to me, fellow bakers. Talk to me about your oven mitts. I've been using pretty standard oven mitts - nothing fancy. And they functioned well enough - until last Saturday morning when I removed this bread from the oven. Well, it was when I removed the cloche. I won a beautiful Emile Henry bread cloche and knew before it arrived that I wanted to use it for this month's Bread Bakers. Our host, Mirelle, chose quinoa as our theme and I knew pretty quickly that I would make a simple no knead loaf to test the cloche.

Of course, when it was time to start baking, I started having second thoughts. Maybe I should try something else. I am in the midst of a serious chocolate craving and adding chocolate and making the bread in a loaf pan just seemed like the right thing to do. When one craves chocolate, one should make any and everything chocolate. It took several cookies and a huge brownie to talk me out me of that. But the chocolate craving rages on. (Two more days until a choclatey cake. A few hours until more brownies. I can make it. I hope.)

I like adding things to no knead loaves. Let's be honest, if you have ever made a no knead loaf, you know that they can be pretty blah. I knew the quinoa would add texture but not a ton of flavour so I threw in some chopped garlic. Flax seeds were in my line of sight so they got added too. Then finally, I added a 5 grain cereal mix. Party in the mixing bowl! If I had beer, I would have added that too. Seriously. Cook's Illustrated recommends it. After a long rest, it was time to bake and time to test the cloche. I could have used a cold cloche (the instructions booklet mentioned several recipes starting with a cold one) but I wanted to test it preheated. And oh man was it heated.

When I removed the cover some minutes into baking, my oven mitts threw up the white flag. I have taken a vessel out of a 450 F oven before but clearly, that was just pretending to be hot. The cloche was HOT and I felt it through the mitts.The mitts even scorched a bit.  So this is where I need some help. Clearly, I need new mitts. Mitts that can really stand the heat. My first thought was to get some silicone ones. Have you tried them? Do you have specific brand recommendations? I would hate to grab some that claim to be resistant up to 450 F and then find out that they really aren't. Because this cloche holds on to every bit of heat in that oven. Great for bread, not so for fingers.

Here's my recipe for this garlicky loaf. But be sure to see how my fellow Bread Bakers used quinoa below. I even spy a loaf with chocolate!

Garlic Multigrain Bread                                 
Recipe by: Kelster    
Yield: 1 loaf (~ 690 grams)
400 grams all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
43 grams quinoa, rinsed
35 grams 5 grain cereal
20 grams flax seeds
15 grams garlic, finely chopped (~4 cloves)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
300 grams water

In a large bowl mix together flour, yeast, quinoa, 5 grain cereal, flax seeds, garlic and salt until evenly distributed. Add the water and mix until all the flour is moistened. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours. The dough is ready when it's risen and very bubbly. 
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form it into a ball. Place the ball in a parchment lined (our heavily floured cloth towel-lined) bowl or skillet. Cover loosely and let rise until doubled in size - up to 2 hours. 
At least 30 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 450 F. Place a heavy covered baking vessel such as a dutch oven, crock or cloche in the oven as it heats. When the dough is ready, carefully transfer the dough to the hot vessel. You can simply place the dough in the vessel on the parchment paper or carefully turn the dough out into vessel.
Bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 - 20 minutes or until the loaf is well-browned and registers 200 F. Cool completely before slicing.

  • I used Bob's Red Mill 5 grain cereal. 35 grams is approximately 1/3 cup. You could substitute rolled oats or a mix of your choice. 
  • Don't feel like chopping garlic? I completely understand. Try garlic powder.
  • If you do not have a vessel with a cover, foil can be used to cover the vessel.

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  1. Your bread looks wonderful, Kelly, but on to the burning question, as it were. I received silicon mitts as a gift and I really, really didn't like them. I ended up giving them away. They are so inflexible and thick that you can't grab the edge of a pan with them at all. They may be perfect for lifting a cloche though since you need a hand on either side and don't need to grab an edge, like you would with a cookie sheet.

  2. Nice multigrain bread! For oven mitts, I use old fashioned square quilted-like ones. I just use 2 if the pan is super hot. I tried silicone ones but didn't like them at all.

  3. Oh that beautiful bread is calling me! What an incredible looking multigrain loaf. I usually use an old fashioned square quilted mitt on one hand and a silicon pinchie thingie on the other. I love those silicon pinchie thingies!

  4. I know your oven mitt pain! We got these awesome oven mitts with cities of Michigan on them (since it looks like a hand) but they clearly weren't made right. The design started to melt off when I grabbed a roasting pan with them!

    We ended up going for some silicone mitts. I have to agree with Stacy that they are a bit inflexible and it can be hard to grab things with a delicate touch. But they work very well for when I take a dutch oven out or anything else with big handles. For things that need more handling I just use square quilted ones like Renee

  5. what a hearty and rustic bread. looks delicious

  6. I've never tried them, but I've heard good things about the Ove Glove. Just watch out for fakes. The combination of flavors in your bread sounds great!

  7. Garlic bread is a favourite of mine and I like how you've added it to your loaf, it looks brilliant!

  8. Garlic is such a delicious addition! Looks great! :)

  9. I bet this bread baking made your kitchen smell wonderful! I don't like the silicone mitts or mitts in general, I use teatowels!

  10. Been there, done that with the oven mitts. The silicone mitts are kind of stiff but I did like them–until the dog ate one and I haven't bothered replacing them. Now I'm using standard cloth mitts and thick dish towels. No matter what, though, the heat from those heavy pots still comes through. I agree about adding things to the standard no-knead recipe but I think that's the beauty of it. Experimenting is so much fun and I think you did a fab job. I'd love to give this one a try.