The Fresh Loaf

A Community of Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts.

Baileys Whole Wheat Rye Sourdough

Isand66's picture

Baileys Whole Wheat Rye Sourdough



  I’ve been staring at the bottle of Baileys we bought during the holidays on top of my refrigerator all week.  I’ve been trying to lose some weight so drinking it was not an option.  Using it in a bread….now that could work!

I remembered that I tried this once before several years ago and ended up tossing the bread in the compost heap.  The alcohol in Baileys can have a negative effect on the fermentation so I made sure to use a combination of water and Baileys this time.  I think if I were to try this again I would reduce the amount of Baileys even more.  I ended up with a pretty closed crumb and it took double the amount of time for the dough to rise after its bulk fermentation.  During bulk it had no rise at all as well.

I baked this as one big miche and it took quite some time to finish baking.  The crumb is tight but the bread is pretty tasty with the fresh milled whole wheat and rye.  I ran out of bread flour so I used some KAF High Gluten flour instead.



Levain Directions 

Mix all the levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it sit at room temperature for around 6-7 hours or until the starter has almost doubled.  I used my proofer set at 76 degrees so it took around 5 hours for me.  Either use in the main dough immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day before using.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flour and liquids (leave about 50 -70 grams to add after the first mix), together in your mixer or by hand until it just starts to come together, maybe about 1 minute.  Let it rest in your work bowl covered for 20-30 minutes.  After 30 minutes or so  add the salt, starter (cut into about 7-8 pieces), Greek yogurt and honey, and remaining water as needed and mix on low for 5 minutes.   Note: If you are using the Ankarsrum mixer like I do, add your water to the bowl first then add in the flours.  After your autolyse add in the salt, remaining water and mix on low to medium low for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the dough from your bowl and place it in a lightly oiled bowl or work surface and do several stretch and folds.  Let it rest covered for 10-15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold.  Let it rest another 10-15 minutes and do one additional stretch and fold.  After a total of 1.5 hours place your covered bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for 12 to 24 hours.

When you are ready to bake remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let it set out at room temperature still covered for 1.5 to 2 hours or if using a proofer set at 80 degrees for one hour.  Remove the dough and shape as desired and cover with a moist tea towel or plastic wrap Sprayed with cooking spray and let rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.  (I use my proofer set at 80 F and it takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours).

Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees F. and prepare it for steam.  I have a heavy-duty baking pan on the bottom rack of my oven with 1 baking stone on above the pan and one on the top shelf.  I pour 1 cup of boiling water in the pan right after I place the dough in the oven.

After 1 minute lower the temperature to 450 degrees.  Bake for around 35 minutes or until the breads are nice and brown and have an internal temperature around 200-210 F. 

Take the bread(s) out of the oven when done and let them cool on a bakers rack for as long as you can resist. 


Benito's picture

Ian pretty scoring, looks like the sun.  I wonder if you cooked some of the alcohol off the Bailey’s before using it in the dough if that could help with fermentation?


Isand66's picture

You might be right but to be honest since Baileys is pretty expensive I’m not sure it’s worth trying to find out. I’m sure I’ll probably try it anyway a5 some point.  
Best regards,