I am a user of El foro del pan, a spanish bread forum. I read and check it frequently because you can find anything about bread and its ingredients, techniques, etc, and you can find there people who knows quite a lot about bread and they are always up to help you. Highly
recommended. This week one of the users propose to everybody bake this famous and nice bread, pain á l'ancienne. I have to admit that it is one of my favorites and you can see it in this blog very often, as Lidia is a big fan as well.
So I decided to join both proposals in one and I bake this pain á l'ancienne with tea. I used both same ingredients and technique that Ibán asked in his post (click here to check it out):
565 g strong flour
11 g salt
15 g fresh yeast (slightly more than Ibán recipe)
455 g cold water
And now my modification, simple anyway. I added a tea bag in the cold water and left it there for 10 min. As the water was cold, the final result was a very light brown water. I didn't want to add a strong tea flavor to the bread, but more some back light flavour.
I folded 4 times the dough waiting 10 minutes between each one. I have to say that the house was very warm, and by the time I put the dough in the fridge, this one had fermented some. Then I kept the dough for 48 hours in the fridge.
After those two days, I took out the dough (it had doubled in the fridge) and cut it in three pieces. Waited one hour before putting it in the oven, so the dough fermented again. Here you can see a picture of the dough before placed in the oven.
Oven at 250 celsius degrees for 12 minutes with a tray of water and then without of the tray at
190 degrees for another 20 minutes. I allowed the bread to cool down a few minutes in the oven off with the door open.
The result was a really nice bread, as usual pain á l'ancienne is. This time the only different was a very light tea flavor, not strong to be predominated but enough to taste that characteristic bitter flavor, but as I said just very light, so sweatiness was more predominated.
I am very happy in general with this bread but I am going to bake another one where the tea is a stronger flavor so we can really say it is a tea bread. So people, I want to see yours. Bring them on!