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Fermented bread aka danish rye bread part 1

Fermented bread is really good for your stomach, it´s rich on fibre, it fills you well and it tastes good.

In Denmark fermented bread (rye bread) is the basic bread and many households makes their own, it´s even been said that some families keep the same sourdough through generations.
My family didn´t  so when our log cabin was finished I made my own sourdough and here she is.

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Sometimes I forget her for a really long time and then I need to nurse her for a while, start her again. Sometimes I use her almost everyday not giving her enough time to settle, calm herself . In that way you can say that the way you treat your sourdough is merely af reflection as to how you treat yourself.

HOW TO MAKE SOURDOUGH: mix water, salt and sieved rye flour and put it on your kitchen table. You can add a bit of honey (the vikings used a complicated process of salt and honey to raise their breads) and even a tiny itsy little microscopic bit of yeast if you want to.

IMPORTANT: When fermenting the quality of the water and the quality of the salt is paramount. Use water with no chemicals in it. Same with the salt. And don´t use a steel spoon (only wood) when mixing. It´s important that you put the baby sourdough on your kitchen table, it´s a psychological thing, you need to keep an eye on it, load it with your energy. Every third day or so add a little more water and a little more salt and a little more rye flour-  stir it to add air to the fermenting process but otherwise just load it with energy.
Keep on your kitchen table until it begins to bubble (it can take a while)

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Then store your sourdough in a more or less airtight container and remember to stir her once in a while.

 

HOW TO MAKE FERMENTED RYE BREAD

This is my recipe, it´s not bullet proof nor authoritative, this is just how we do in this household.

Early in the morning before the sun rises mix water from the well with a small handful of sea salt from the Motherland. Regarding the water: don´t take it directly from the well since that water will be too cold for the sourdough, the water should be room temperature.

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Add sieved rye flour and stir well.

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Add your sourdough. The sourdough will be a little bit lighter than the rest of the dough and also a bit more fluid

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Stir. The consistency of the mix should look like in the picture below (maybe a little more wet) Consistency is important when making rye bread. Generally.
Add rye flour and water until you think it looks right.

 

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Then in another bowl mix sunflower seed, poppy seed, lin seed, sesame seed, cracked wheat and cracked rye. Cover the grains and seeds with (good) water. I always let the wooden spoon that I used for mixing the sourdough sit in the grains and water for a while. It´s a supersticious thing.

 

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Cover both bowls and let them stand on the kitchen table (or somewhere else in room temperature) for at least around 12 hours.

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Then cross the creek

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Until you get to the giant stone. Check to the sun. Winter low.

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Which means that you must, very importantly, proceed to the winter roar (we have spring roars, summer roars, autumn roars and winter roars)

 

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On your way home you can decide that today you won’t move these logs closer to the house (for axing) no, today you´ll be making oatmeal balls because the sun hangs low and your rye bread won´t be finished before tomorrow and you´re hungry.

 

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Part two of this recipe will be posted tomorrow night. Cheers. Umm. Oatmeal balls.
(I´m making tutorials and recipes again until Maja buys a cow)

 

 

 

5 comments on “Fermented bread aka danish rye bread part 1

  1. Really great, looking forward for part 2 🙂

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  2. Love this post (and your kid’s adorable sweater!), I’m working on my own sourdough right now with spent mash from our last batch of beer — this is great inspiration! Thanks!

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    1. Happy to please 🙂 Part two coming up in a couple of hours….

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  3. Tres Jolie says:

    So inspiring! California sourdough beginning now in my kitchen. Going out for a winter roar at the waning full moon tonight!

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    1. Yah!

      I was thinking about going outside too tonight…. I think I need it. Just to sit there….

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