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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Rubbery Texture - French Bread

    I have been making a lot of French bread using Peter Reinhart's recipe using 12% protein flour. The outside texture is nice and crisp but the centre is somewhat chewy. Should I try a lower gluten flour to get a lighter, less springy texture in the centre?
    / Rossco

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    Re: Rubbery Texture - French Bread

    More info would be helpful. What is the hydration of his recipe? To what temperature are you baking the bread to? Personalty I think higher hydration levels make that rubbery texture although the flour can have an effect. So the combination of the two can give you that rubber. Now baking temp also has an effect. An under baked loaf will do that also especially with high hydration dough.

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