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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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  • bread for Les

    This is for Les, I couldn't figure out how to send him a picture in a PM! Sorry to all the rest of you, but if you like to bake, you can follow along...

    Well, I made the bread- I can't figure out the BP on it because of the way she makes the sponge- since you don't use it all, there's an unknown amount of flour and water you don't use. And I'm NOT a math whiz...Anyway:

    I used 24 oz of water and 15 oz of flour to 2 oz of starter- which in weighed amounts is her 3c water, 3 c flour and 1/4c starter. This morning I measured out 2 1/2 c (I just used the measuring cups, since I wasn't sure what it should weigh) of the sponge and added 12.5 oz of flour. I used the mixer and the dough hook- autolyzed it for 30 minutes, added the salt (2 tsp) and mixed it a little more- maybe 2 minutes. It was a really sticky dough, but I think the reason you haven't had good holes is because she tells you to add flour until you get a workable dough- if you stop at 12.5 oz and scrape it into an oiled bowl, you can fold it twice at about 45 minute intervals and get a workable dough then. That's what I did. Then I turned it out onto a floured surface, divided it in two, flattened them a bit and folded them sort of letter-style, placing them on parchment paper to rise. I covered them up so they didn't dry out (I use a big plastic bag), let them rise for another hour and baked them until they hit 205 in the center- it was probably 15-20 minutes.

    I did have to bake inside today, it was raining, but I used my unglazed tiles in the reg. oven with a pan in the bottom for steam, cranked it up to 500, loaded the bread, steamed twice at 1 minute intervals and left it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes I put in my temperature probe and just let it go until it was 205 inside. I got pretty good color and what I think are pretty good holes. That's Wilson's hand there in the picture...

    If you can't follow me at all, I'm sorry- I'm in sort of a hurry to get to my daughter's first college soccer scrimmage...
    Elizabeth

    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/e...html#post41545

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    Re: bread for Les

    Thanks Elizabeth, I will try your way the next time I fire the oven. It's easier to go by weight. BTW, your bread looks great. Mine did not have nearly the holes you are showing.

    Thanks!!

    Les...
    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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