I don't know what happened my my bread. Can you see that the bottom of the bread is very dense? I used baking stone..but still this happened. This is my first time baking with Whole Wheat flour. I don't know if it is because it is whole wheat or what.. but this is the first time I baked a bread that feels like cross between a door-stopper and brick. It's so heavy and hard that if you throw it at someone, you can actually hurt that person. LOL! I also felt like I wasted a lot of my walnuts in this bread.. such a waste because nobody wants to eat it.
The only person that is eating it is ME! Even though I keep saying it is dense and heavy but I couldn't stop eating it..lol! It has this flavor that I like and also quite chewy and fun to eat like snack. But the irony is I am the one who kept complaining about this bread but yet I am also the one who ate the most of it and seemingly quite enjoyed it. *shrugs*. It's like a love-hate relationship I have with this bread....lol!
I bought this flour just for this bread. Due to the last scare with King Arthur bread flour... I asked my helper to open for me in case there are worms/eggs in there... esp. when it's expiring in 3 months time.. She's not afraid of worms unlike me.
Thankfully it is all clear... :P
Mix sponge...then i forgot photos in between..
I used this Vital Gluten in case anyone thinks I didn't use this and thus I had that gummy streak at the bottom of my bread. I did also heat up my baking stone for more than 2 hours!
Waiting for it to be proofed.. oh..maybe is it because I left the dough overnight in the fridge?
I did notice when it's baking the dough seems to shrink a bit and turned darker.
Here is the Brick.. .. I mean Bread..
PS: After 4 days later.. I'm still the only one eating this bread. Somehow strangely, even though I think this bread is a fail but I still like to eat it..and quite addicted to eating it. Perfect when I feel my mouth is itchy and need something to munch on. Because I am a small eater and have weak tummy, I eat many times a day instead of 3 large meals....so I'm not sure if it is because it is whole wheat or what.. I find it fills up my tummy quite easily and I stay full for quite a while..without looking for food. Or am I imagining? Maybe all the fibre is undigestable...
I can't say that I will bake it again though.. but never say never.. !