What a brilliant idea I thought, and so logical it makes you wonder why it isn't automatic.
Although I already use this water for a gravy base, it gives me another thing to try. And as today is a bake for myself day, I decided to give it a go. I had just boiled the potatoes for our roast (Gammon since you ask) so I saved the water in the fridge, once it has cooled enough not to kill the yeast, I will make a Wholemeal loaf.
I use Organic Wholemeal flour and 70% hydration, so I needed 525ml of water for 750g of flour. This is just right for my 2lb loaf tins (too many units there!) but I'm sure you know what I mean. Anyhow, I mixed it up and left it to prove in my oven.
60 minutes later it had risen well,
so I shaped it and left it for a second rise, whilst the oven warmed up.
30 minutes later,
a cut across the top,
Then it went into the oven for 45 minutes.
Looks Nice! Now I just have to let it cool a bit before I can cut it.