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Purple Rice Multi-grain Sourdough

Isand66's picture

Purple Rice Multi-grain Sourdough



 I’ve made bread with rice several times before and always love the added flavor and texture it brings to the party.  I used a purple (more black) rice I made with some onion stock which was very tasty.

The flours I used were freshly grounded whole wheat (Rouge de Bordeaux ) and Rye from Barton Spring Mill) sifted twice and milled twice as well as some KAF bread flour.  

The overall hydration is higher than indicated in the formula since the rice added some extra moisture.  The dough was pretty wet but was manageable.

I love the flavor profile on this bake.  The fresh whole wheat and rye combined with the rice and honey created a moist and flavorful crumb.


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), rice, 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 starter and flours.  After your autolyse add in the salt, rice, honey and 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.  (Note:  this is a very sticky dough, so make sure to add plenty of rice flour to your bannetons if using).  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. 



kqbui1995's picture

The flavor of this must be incredible! I would never have thought to add purple rice.

Isand66's picture

Give it a try and I’m sure you will enjoy 😉 

Benito's picture

Just lovely Ian, the crust and the crumb, especially the crumb with those specks of colour from the rice.


Isand66's picture

The rice looks nice and tastes even better😃.   Always appreciate your feedback Benny.



CalBeachBaker's picture


Nice looking loaf. I really like Rouge de Bordeaux wheat and the add-in flavor combination.


Isand66's picture

That’s one of my favorite wheats.  
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