Sourdough Rye with walnuts bread
I’ve always been a big fan of bread with walnuts, I think it’s the nutty flavor that really compliments the earthy deep feeling a good bread have, especially a good sourdough one.
In this sourdough rye with walnuts bread the rye culture supply the yeast to our first built of the bread, this will impact most about the flavor of the bread loaf and determine its taste and texture.
This bread has one build and it’s prepared about 14 hours prior to the rest of the ingredients, you can say that the sourdough culture imitates a Polish or Biga, ot any preferment dough that acts as a flavor booster.
This rye sourdough walnut bread is a great way to break into the sourdough and levain world, it is a friendly loaf to start with, later on I’ll show you a 3 build rye bread that takes a bit more time and commitment .
Commercial yeast in a sourdough bread
Even though we use a sourdough culture for the rye walnut bread we are using commercial yeast as well.
It is not mandatory and if your sourdough culture is mature enough to hold the bread just replace the yeast with another 100g/ 3.5oz. of sourdough culture.
The thing about commercial yeast is that they are packed with yeast on much higher values than our sourdough so by adding a pinch of them we really kick the bread to a higher level.
Sourdough rye bread tips
The first build will determine the flavor of the bread, this is actually the source of the deep flavors of the sourdough so make sure you give this build at least 12 hours and up to 16 hours in cold weather.
Proofing time is not long because the bread is high in natural yeast, this bread does not need more than 1 hour in each of fermentation intervals.
The sourdough rye bread has a hard crust and a soft and tender interior, a winning combination, I just love the sound of the bread knife working thru the crust, ahhh heaven.