My weekly bread comes from Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads, the latest addition to my growing baking book collection. In Israel, there is certainly no shortage of good bread but it's just not the same as making your own and it's an excellent way to be on top of eating lots of genuine whole grains. The intoxicating smell of bread wafting from the kitchen down the long corridor is certainly reward enough.
I made the soaker and biga the night before and took them out the next morning to bake with, using less salt in the biga and finished dough than called for (having made a really salty whole wheat bread from the same book the week before--lesson learned!)
Before I knew it, seriously, not fifteen minutes (only a slight exaggeration there) it had risen above the pan.
I baked it until a thermometer registered around 190.
This is a loaf that I will certainly come back to.. I'm not sure though that it beats King Arthur Flour's 100% whole wheat loaf from the Baker's Companion (they aren't truly comparable: one is half whole wheat, the other 100% percent, but then what does that say about King Arthur Flour?!) but I sure enjoyed the experiment.