Pane Integrale

I am in Vail for a conference. Had to climb over 11,000 feet twice to get here. Staying in a honeymoon suite with my favorite partner in ukulele crime, Linda. She and I are training for the Olympic swim trials in our bathtub and trying to keep ourselves from singing too much Frank Sinatra in our white bathrobes and terry-cloth flippie floppies. There are fire places and shallow basins of pecans and walnuts and chardonnay around every corner. And I say, Let them eat Wheat.


Pane Integrale

Italian Whole-Grain Bread

Adapted from the Village Baker

¾ cup milk sour starter (or regular sourdough starter)

½ cup milk

1 cup warm water

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 ¼ cup rye flour (I used 1 cup rye, ¼ cup cracked rye grain)

1 tbsp salt

Mix the water and the starter with the milk. Add the flours and mix with a wooden spoon. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes on a work table. Return dough to an oiled bowl and let rise for 6-8 hours. Divide dough in half and shape into two round loaves. Now here’s where I messed up, because I couldn’t understand the directions. You are supposed to flatten the rounds and fold the edges into the center. Then place the loaf into a floured and cloth-lined banneton. I just put the round straight into the banneton, so mine lack the “distinctive shape”—maybe next time. I basically just did them as boules. Let the rounds cold rise, covered, for 15-24 hours in the refrigerator.Image

Then remove and let them rise for another 4 hours at room temperature. Bake for 35 minutes at 450 in a humid oven.


This was particularly good after sitting out for a day, and toasted. I love to eat bread plain, and I found this had a lot of complex flavor that made it a tasty treat all by itself. But, I’m a bread freak. I also like to eat my Cheerios plain so take my recommendation for what it’s worth. Here’s me and Linda in our palatine bathroom:Image


6 thoughts on “Pane Integrale

  1. What a grand adventure! I hope you and Linda experience bliss surrounded by writers and writing, in the mountains, and your luxury dwellings there!

    1. No writing at this conference. It is with a bunch of psychiatrists and suicidologists–suicide narratology.

      1. Oh my gosh! That sounds like a challenging but incredibly beneficial area on which to focus. You are going to be one well-rounded doctor, my dear! Best wishes and have a safe trip back to MN whenever the time comes for that. I love seeing these photos of you looking so joyful 🙂

    1. Janelle– I have missed you so, but I will be in the dungeon, so to speak, until I finish my thesis. If you are free and want to read with me/pat my feverish brow, would love to see you but (but warning: will be a stick in the mud)

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