MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
|A slice of bread with cherries and crème fraîche|
Poppy seed filling:
500 g poppy seeds
110 g pecans
300 g dried fruit mix (figs, prunes, dates, apples, apricots)*
* I think the filling would be more tasty if I had added even 400-500 g of dried fruit or substitute a part of them with 3 tablespoon of honey/maple syrup
Put the poppy seeds in a large pot and cover with a boiling water. Cover with a lid and let sit overnight. Drain using a cheese clothe. Grind the poppy seeds using a meat grinder or food processor. Soak the pecans and dried fruit in boiling water for 20 minutes, drain and mix in into ground poppy seeds. The grind all of the ingredients another time. You can prepare the filling in advance and store in a refrigerator up to 3 days in a tightly lidded container.
200 g mature rye sourdough starter, stiff
504 g whole wheat flour
381 g skim milk
Combine the ingredients and autolyse for 1 hour. Add 10 g salt and knead the dough. Cover and let ferment for 7 hours.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough thinly and cover with filling. Make two tight rolls and put them into loaf pans lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for retarding up to 12 hours.
I submit the Christmas loaves to Yeastspotting.