Malted Wheat Sourdough Bread

Malted wheat sourdough bread crust

I like experiments. You know, the whole scientific method and all that: forming a hypothesis, testing, observation, recording results, and finally a conclusion with perhaps an updated hypothesis at the end. I used to have fun in the school science fair every year, not because my projects were incredibly complex or groundbreaking (although, my mom did help me make some pretty rad human-like lungs, once), but because it was fun working on something completely out of the curriculum. A chance to dig deep into something itching my brain. And while this post’s experiment — and that’s exactly what it is — might not break out of the spectrum of baking sourdough bread, it does involve something I’ve not done for a long while, and also something I’ve never done before: malting grain.

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