Baking sourdough bread is all about the taste, right? Then you go on Instagram and scroll through your feed of your favorite bakers. There’s one gorgeous loaf after the other. Huge oven spring. Ears galore. Open crumb party. So you feel a bit discouraged, how can you make a gorgeous bread? Well, you should try my recipe for a wrapped sourdough bread.
This kind of bread is also known as Pane Incamiciato, which in Italian means something akin to bread in a jacket. During my research of this bread I wasn’t able to find any ‘original’ recipes or even anything about the history of this bread, so I decided to just create a recipe from scratch.
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The dough in this wrapped sourdough bread recipe
|Total weight||1100 grams|
|Yield||1 small loaf|
|Total weight||600 grams|
|Yield||1 outer layer|
The main dough here is just my blatantly stolen from my no knead artisan bread. You can use any sourdough bread recipe that you know and like.
This dough uses 80% bread flour for structure and 20% rye flour for excellent taste.
The hydration is sitting at 75%, which is in the high range. If your flour isn’t very absorbent or you are new-ish in the sourdough baking game you can lower it using my Bread Calculator.
The salt content is a nudge above 2% which shouldn’t raise any eyebrows. Enough to bring out the taste of the flour, but nothing too crazy.
|112g||whole grain rye flour||19.9%|
|114g||starter (100% hydration)||20.2%|
If you want to play around with the formula: scale, change hydration or quantity you can do so here in my Bread Calculator.
The outer layer will add a whole new dimension to your sourdough bread. It’s very low hydration, which helps separate it from the main dough. We’ll also use both olive oil and sesame seeds to help promote the separation of the two layers.
Because the hydration is very low, the only flour used is all-purpose flour.
The hydration is 56.2%, which is really low. Expect to be kneading this dough for a while to get all the flour incorporated. You don’t really need to do anything else special for gluten development. It will develop during bulk.
The salt content is 2.3% which helps the outside become super crispy and also give it as sort of cracker-like feel to it.
|70g||starter (100% hydration)||20.3%|
As above, you can examine or change the formula in my Bread Calculator.
The conclusion of this wrapped sourdough bread recipe
This recipe for a wrapped sourdough bread is in many ways a very easy recipe. The hard part is not making the dough, fermenting or even the shaping. The hard part is scoring the dough.
You need to score very carefully so that you only score the outer layer of dough. It’s all about being super nimble and only scoring lightly. You can always go over the score again afterwards.
Taste-wise this bread has an excellent taste and a wonderfully soft and moist crumb. The sesame seeds gets toasted when the bread is baking and the smell that comes off this bread is intoxicating. I just adore sesame seeds.
The outer layer turns SUPER crisp, and biting into a piece of this bread is so absolutely satisfying.
The look of this bread is gorgeous and will impress people. It will make a wonderful gift.
It’s worth the effort.
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Wrapped Sourdough Bread
Outside Layer Dough
- 344 g all-purpose flour
- 178 g water
- 70 g sourdough starter
- 8 g salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- black sesame seeds
Mix main dough
- In a medium bowl add: 452g bread flour, 112g whole grain rye flour, and 12g salt.
- Combine the ingredients with your hands.
- Then add: 114g sourdough starter, and 410g water.
- Mix the dough until all the flour has been hydrated, then move the dough to a bulking container.
- Level the dough, and mark the top of the dough using a whiteboard marker.
- Put it away for proofing somewhere warm and let it double. The reason we want the dough to double is that we are tempering the oven spring so that the inner boule doesn’t crack while it’s baking.
Mix outside layer dough
- To a small bowl add: 344g all-purpose flour, and 8g salt
- Mix it up with your hands.
- Then add: 70g sourdough starter, and 178g water
- Then mix up the dough the best you can and then dump it out on your kitchen counter. Knead all the flour in.
- After it’s been kneaded just put it in a container and leave it with the main dough. It’s ready when the main dough is ready.
Divide and pre-shape
- Divide the main dough in half and shape them as boules. Not too tight or anything.
- Then let them rest on the kitchen counter for 20 minutes.
- Flip over the boule. Pull each side out and fold over into the middle to create tension on the dough facing the table. Then flip the dough over again and shape it with your bench scraper.
- Then grab a deep dish and add black sesame seeds.
- Brush the boule with extra virgin olive oil. The reason we brush it and add seeds is to help the separation of the two doughs.
- Using your bench scraper, flip the dough into the bowl. Get sesame seeds as far up the sides you can get.
- Put the bowl with the dough and seeds aside and prepare the other boule the same way.
Make outer dough
- Then clean your counter thoroughly. You don’t want any seeds on the outside dough while you’re rolling it out.
- Then grab the container with the outside dough. Halve it and put one of the pieces back in the bulking container so it doesn’t dry out.
- Flour your counter and roll the dough out to a big disc.
- It should be big enough to be able to wrap all the way around the boule. Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on some black sesame seeds.
- Then grab a bowl with a boule and move it over in the middle of the outer dough. Grab each side of the main dough and fold it in towards the middle.
- Wrap the outside dough loosely around the main dough, and move it to a 7-inch round banneton.
- Unwrap the outer dough and then rewrap it tightly. Use scissors to remove as much dough as needed so you don’t get a huge bulge underneath your bread.
- Use the exact same procedure for the other bread.
- Then put both bannetons in bags and leave them in the fridge to retard, from eight hours up to 24 hours.
Bake the bread
- When you are ready to bake, heat your oven to 260°C/500°F, with a baking steel and a dutch oven inside. I am using my challenger bread pan.
- Let it heat for an hour so the steel and the dutch oven are heated all the way through.
- Grab the dough from the fridge. Dust the bottom with rice flour so that it won’t stick to the peel.
- Flip it onto the peel. Put a stencil on top center of the dough.
- To flour you can use a little pouch made from muslin with all-purpose flour inside.
- Hold down the stencil covering half with your hand. Then shake the flour pouch until you can see the stencil on the dough. Then turn the dough around and flour the other half.
- Then score a big cross. Be very careful when you score it so you don’t score into the main dough. You can always go over the score afterwards.
- Then do four short scores on the side.
- Take the top off the dutch oven, and put the dough inside. Then put the top back on.
- Bake for 20 minutes, and remove the top.
- Then turn down the oven to 230°C/450°F, and bake for another 25 minutes.
- Then take the bread out and let it cool on a wire rack until it’s room temperature.
- Repeat for the other bread.
I am crazy about food, cakes, snacks and everything in between. I love to do tons of experiments to find the best recipe, so that you don’t have to.