Sourdough Bread with Kamut Khorasan Flour

 

I started using Kamut khorasan flour in bread baking two months ago and have not stopped using it since. It tastes excellent in sourdough breads and I’ve baked some of the best loaves of bread I’ve ever tasted with this beautiful flour. Here is my Kamut bread recipe, also incorporating flax seeds. I recommend it!

Kamut Sourdough
Kamut sourdough bread baked with a La Cloche baking dome

“Kamut” is a trademark which has been set up for a species of ancient wheat called khorasan to guarantee certain qualities of the grain. For example, the name KAMUT® certifies that khorasan wheat has been organically grown.

The khorasan grain is not suited to the UK’s soil or climate conditions and is currently grown in North America. In the UK, you can buy Kamut Khorasan Flour from Doves Farm, the licensed UK supplier of KAMUT® khorasan grain.

Kamut khorasan flour is high in protein and has a mild, slightly nutty taste and golden colour. It contains gluten, but is reported to be tolerated well by those sensitive to gluten. It’s generally advisable to mix Kamut flour with plain flour – your loaf of bread might otherwise be quite dense due to the khorasan flour’s high gluten content.

Find out more about Kamut at Kamut.com.

Kamut sourdough bread
Kamut sourdough bread

Kamut Khorasan Sourdough Bread Recipe

This sourdough bread recipe takes the pain de campagne French country bread recipe a step further by incorporating Kamut Khorasan flour and a flaxseed soaker.

Day 1

Soaker

  • 40g flaxseeds
  • 125g cold water

Mix together and cover overnight.

Sourdough

Mix together and cover overnight (about 12 hours).

Day 2

  • 200g preferment (see above)
  • 165g flaxseed soaker (see above)
  • 250g Kamut flour
  • 100g bread flour
  • 100g plain flour
  • 250g water
  • 9g salt
  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Knead for 10 minutes
  3. Leave to rest for an hour
  4. Stretch and fold and carefully cover with a layer of flour
  5. Place in a well floured proving basket, cover with a polythene bag and rest at room temperature – the proofing process might take quite a few hours depending on the temperature in your room (recently I had to proof the dough overnight – 6 hours – before baking as it was quite cold)
  6. Preheat the oven to 240°C half an hour before baking
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, turn down the heat to 200°C after 10 minutes
  8. Cool on a wire rack

Here are some more pics from other Kamut bakes.

Kamut sourdough bread with flaxseeds
Glowing in the Edinburgh sunshine – Kamut sourdough with flaxseeds
Kamut sourdough bread crumb
Juicy!

Pain de Campagne Bread Recipe (Sourdough)

 

Described as ‘the antithesis of the industrial factory loaf’ by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, pain de campagne (French for ‘country bread’) is my favourite everyday loaf.

What is pain de campagne?

Pain de campagne is a large round loaf of sourdough bread typically made with a combination of white and wholemeal flour. I always also add in some rye flour to enhance the flavour of the loaf.

The French country boule is the purest and most fundamentally satisfying loaf of bread there is. I love the chewy crumb, the thick crunchy crust and the characteristic wild bread aromas.

Pain de campagne
Pain de campagne – baked with a La Cloche baking dome

Pain de campagne sourdough baking

I found a way to conveniently fit pain de campagne baking into my daily routine. Although it takes about forty hours to prepare and bake the bread, the actual active working time spent on the loaf is no more than an hour.

The time spent preparing is rewarded with a loaf of brilliant longevity as the extra fermentation time traps more moisture in the dough and keeps the bread fresh. Sourdough also contains mold-killing compounds which act as natural preservatives.

If you are based in Edinburgh and looking for a sourdough starter, I’m happy to share some of mine! I have tried to bake pain de campagne with baker’s yeast instead of sourdough, but the taste, texture and flavour are just not the same.

Pain de campagne sourdough
Pain de campagne sourdough

Pain de campagne recipe (sourdough)

The recipe offers a guideline for timings, but you can easily adapt this to fit around your schedule. In terms of dough hydration for this pain de champagne recipe, I’m working with 71.5% here but feel free to adjust this slightly based on the flour you are using or personal preference.

Day 1
7am – Refresh your sourdough starter

  • 100g rye sourdough starter
    I’m using a pretty firm and mature starter at roughly 100% hydration for this recipe. (*)
  • 100g strong white flour
  • 50g wholemeal wheat flour
  • 50g wholemeal rye flour
  • 160g water, lukewarm(*) If you are new to sourdough baking and have used my how-to-guide to making a rye sourdough starter, make sure you add some extra flour so it’s not too wet. I would recommend to use 67g instead of just 50g wholemeal rye flour and slightly less water, 144g instead of 160g.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, cover with a lid and keep at room temperature.

Day 2
7am – Prepare the dough

  • 250g strong white flour
  • 100g wholemeal wheat flour
  • 50g wholemeal rye flour
  • 7g salt
  • 255g water
  • 300g sourdough ferment (from above)
    The rest goes back into the fridge for your next bake.
  1. Combine all ingredients and knead for about 10 mins.
  2. The dough should be quite soft, it should still slightly stick to hands and worktop, so carefully add a little more water in case the consistency is too tight and firm. Equally, if the dough is too wet to be workable, carefully add a little bit more flour. In general, for pain de campagne, wetter dough is better dough but it should be easy to work with and definitely not runny.
  3. Shape the dough into a pile on your worktop and cover with a plastic bowl. Moisten the rim of the bowl before placing it there. The dough is going to expand and flatten and will stick to the bowl otherwise.
  4. Leave the dough for about an hour.
  5. Use your dough scrapers to stretch and fold the dough a few times to tighten its structure.
  6. Prepare a plate with wholemeal flour, then pick up the dough and dip it into the flour, turn it over to ensure it’s completely covered.
  7. Transfer the dough to a liberally floured round proving basket, seam-side up.
  8. Cover the proving basket with a polythene bag and put it into the fridge. Make sure you don’t put the bag on too tightly, the dough shouldn’t stick to the plastic bag once risen.

Day 2
7pm – Final prep and bake!

  1. Take the proving basket out of the fridge and leave the dough to warm back up at room temperature for about two hours or so.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper or preheat your La Cloche baking dome if you have one.
  4. Swiftly but carefully move (flip over) the loaf from basket to the tray or bottom of your baking dome.
  5. Cut some slashes into the top to give it a nice pattern.
  6. Bake at 220°C for 10 mins, and at 200°C for a further 40 mins.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Pain de campagne crumb

Pain de campagne loaf

Pain de campagne