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Old 06-06-2012, 09:45 AM
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WoW That looks great would you please post or send a PM for recipe for your bread and the steps to setup the oven for bread after pizza, I know the temp has to come down and clean or mop the oven floor remove coals ??? Your oven looke great take a look at my WFO (gundlrak) Thank you. Gary DeMarco.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:47 AM
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Good comments, Chris! I love it when someone sees the light for it really pays off in the long run!

I am baking today - my standard, signature country boule. (Only uniquity is 6% WW) Today's dough is frustratingly slack and sticky. I underdeveloped it a bit! I like to live on the edge, but I fear these loaves may become a mess when I dump them from the bannetons! Crossing my fingers!

It would be SO much easier to settle for lower hydration loaves! But it ain't gonna happen!
Jay
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:51 AM
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For home bread bakers the hands on time with the dough is so much harder to come by. I’m guessing that a morning at an artisan bakery would have you handling four or more types of dough and bread and a hundred or more pounds of these differing doughs.

If I could spend a morning shaping boules, miches and baguettes I’d be light years ahead of where I am in short order. Internet, youtube, lessons on shaping is helpful but it can only go so far. How much to De-gas? and how should the dough feel when doing stretch and folds, and when is dough proofed properly? all of this comes down to time at the table.

I guess I can relate it to my skiing experiences. If I only ski a few days a year, the first few days is about getting back what I lost over the summer, getting better takes a lot of time.

If I get a few Kg of dough mixed and baked a week, I’m doing good. Bit by bit I’m learning and getting a feel.

Chris
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:16 PM
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My week at SFBI was amazing. 85 loaves in a week. Mainly baguettes but boules, epis, and even pan bread and challah. Great for touch! And for learning how violently one can degas dough and still make wildly open crumb. I need to do videos to show that! Highly recommended if it at all makes sense!

I just uploaded my description of today's bake on my new blog at Jay on Bread | Great Breads, Bakeries, and PIzza. Given this discussion I think you will find it interesting.

It was kind of interesting. I was kind of nervous for i REALLY wanted these loaves to be pretty since I talked about bread a lot in our tour group in France and I will be serving these loaves to a group reunion dinner on Friday. And the dough was sticky enough that I knew I was a bit precarious. But...my touch came through. They are almost exactly what I want. If I were to do anything different it would probably be to bake them 5 degrees cooler at 450 so the bulk of the loaf is just a tad lighter. But I like the look. Lots of controlled rip! They will rock!

For Bill, the loaf in the picture is just about what I like. It has huge oven spring as evidenced by the expansion of the slash, but it doesn't rip beyond the slash. This loaf is from my second batch (same dough - just baked 45 minutes later). The first loaves had a bit more "rip" and the trunk of the "tree" I slash in the plaque on top of the loaf tore into the slash but the slashes still held so it was not too badly under. On the seocnd batch the trunks held their shape so I consider this under but not excessively. If it was overproofed the slashes would tend to be smoother with minimal or no rip. I like rip!. It creates a sense of action and sets the loaves apart from "normal" bread.

Bake on!
Jay
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:41 PM
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Very cool. That loaf is amazing looking.

I feel the same way about the "rip". The underproofed bake I did last weekend came out of the oven and I was stoked. I now know it was underproofed (if fits all the signs), but compared to my previous three bakes this one looked cool...not grey...no blow outs...good carmelization (maybe because of all the residual sugar )...but I was stoked about how they looked.

Now to seek to... control the rip....

That could be a good name for a bakery or blog.

Bill
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:35 AM
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Faith, thanks for the nice words...jay has been helping me out to be sure, but there's no doubt that I have attempted to sponge a few crumbs of knowledge from you as well. (How was that? Two bread puns in one sentence!)

Seriously though...I do appreciate the help you, Jay, and others have given me. I wouldn't have even attempted doing sourdough without the help from you guys. I hope I can keep improving but I'm sure I'm due for a big flop any time now.

Chris, Thanks for the tips and encouragement and tips.

Gary...I'll take a look at your oven as soon as I finish this post. As far as the recipe I'm using, it is a combination of what Jay and Faith shared with me although I am now increasing the hydration (percentage of water in relation to flour) a bit to experiment. See post #5 in this thread...I reposted them there. But before you can do sourdough you need a starter. You can either buy one or start one from scratch. I did the latter. It was usable after a bit over two weeks....but the starter got dramatically better and more active at around three weeks. That is feeding twice a day.

You will see discussions elsewhere on the web where people talk about keeping the starter in the fridge after a certain period of time. (I've seen people recommend refrigerating a starter as soon as five days after begining.) I'm a beginner with bread but was a biology major in college. One thing that seems correct to me is that the point of growing a starter is to "cycle" through as many generations as possible to allow the beneficial yeasts and bacterial to ultimately "out-compete" the less desireable organisms present (either in the flour or through introduction from the environment outside the starter jar). Assuming proper care, in the vast majority of cases, the good yeast and good bacteria will out-compete the other stuff and you will get an active, starter which will do its part to produce good sourdough. But process of out-competing (or survival of the fittest to put in biological terms) requires many generations. Fortunately, we are talking about yeasts...so a "generation" might only be a few hours...at room temp. But at refrigerator temps...a generation might take days. So the longer you keep a starter at room temp and feed it twice a day, the faster you will get a good starter IMO.

As far as changing from pizza to bread...it depeands on your oven. If I cook pizza the night before and leave my oven good and hot (say 780-800), my oven will be around 575-600F the following morning. (The thermocouple stuck below the hearth bricks, between brick and insulation, will read around 625F) So if I wanted to do bread the following day I could clean the oven out, mop the bricks, etc., the temp will fall to the low five hundred range. But if I then put the door back on to re-equalize, in twenty minutes or so the heat stored in the bricks will reheat the oven and I'll be back up to 560 or so. Good for the bread I've been doing I think.

I've been doing it backwards though. I've been heating the oven in the morning while my dough fermented...letting it cool enough for afternoon bread baking...then re-heating for a pizza party that night. Ass backwards and wasting wood, but that's how my schedule has been working lately.

Bill
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:01 AM
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You bread head Bill, thanks for the chuckle. The puns were perfect. I'm back working at hard labor so my time available to post is reduced.

I noticed you increased the hydration of your dough. Not really to ask why, but I think you need to know what the increased hydration does to your bread. I find that it changes the bite of the bread along with the storage life. It's difficult to describe the higher hydration changes in the bread. I think for your own knowledge you should make two sets of doughs one higher and one lower hydration and do a side by side comparison. I think you would be quite surprised by the difference of dough, dough handling, the baking, finished bread, bite and all that good stuff. Just a suggestion.

Happy baking.
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