‘Barleycorn’ bread and pizza light

‘Barleycorn bread’

I made a loaf yesterday using Doves barleycorn flour which I had bought out of curiosity.  I would quite like to buy all the bread mixes available on the shelves of my local supermarket and try them just to see what they are like, but I resist usually.

I didn’t use the recipe on the back of the packet but made the loaf using the following:

  • 250g mature white starter
  • 1/4 tsp fresh yeast
  • 500 g barleycorn flour
  • 1 tsp spray malt
  • 275 grams water
  • 1 and a half tsp salt
  • 20 grams melted butter

The finished loaf tasted slightly malty and was quite soft, and for my taste a bit boring and bland, I think I will add some whey or yoghurt to it when I use up the other half of the bag and maybe make rolls with it.   I don’t think I would buy it again as I prefer to mix my own flours and seeds.  I also prefer it when the grains and seeds have been soaked before mixing into the dough. Here as the flakes and linseed are already in the flour you don’t have the opportunity to do that and when you slice the bread you can see the little dry bits of cut grain or flakes or whatever it is.
I’ve just been back to read the list of ingredients.

No idea what the last line means. Does it mean there is Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) plus something else?  The mouth feel is definitely soft, like it has a fair bit of malt flour in it.  Reminds me of a shop loaf somehow even with a white leaven starter. Not a bad shop loaf, but still a shop loaf.

Doves Barleycorn Flour

Wheat Flour*, Barley Flakes* (14%), Barley Flour*, Linseeds* (4%), Malt Flour*, Ascorbic Acid + (* Certified Organic, + Permitted Flour Treatment)

Made up for it with a bubbly long retarded sourdough pizza light on the toppings and cheese which we were very pleased with!

Fresh artichoke, italian fennel salami, jalapenos, mushrooms and a little buffalo mozarella – Pizza light!

In case you are wondering what the pizza is sitting on – it’s a super peel!

5 thoughts on “‘Barleycorn’ bread and pizza light

  1. C

    Hi Joanna,

    The loaf looks really lovely, disappointing you weren’t as pleased with the taste. I hadn’t thought about soaking the grains before making bread with them, but probably should have done considering the oat bread of Dan’s that I’ve just made!

    I would read the ingredients list as being; all ingredients marked * are organic, and then the ascorbic acid (vit C) is non organic, but a permitted ingredient. I think the + is just there to show that the non organic ascorbic acid is there in addition to the other organic ingredients. That would be my take.

    Best wishes,


  2. Lynne

    Pizza looks fabulous…..as you say, great minds think alike…I think there are times when only pizza can hit the spot. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before we ate it. (on another topic…even the wifi is set up now…)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      You remove the cloth and chuck it in the washing machine – It’s a clever piece of kit :)
      That one had no cheese, that boy had put it all on the first one and eaten it, so it looks a bit minimal
      – and no he didn’t stand on a chair, but it looks that way – absolutely no idea why (puzzled look)

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