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james 12-15-2008 03:40 PM

Spiral loaf redux
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Here is a follow up loaf to my first spiral attempt. This is a heavier loaf with 20% KA GP, 40% KA White whole wheat and 40% whole wheat. Still no rye in the house (darn). 70% hydration.

I bulk fermented the bread during the day, then shaped and proofed the loaf overnight. This time I get it 4 hours to warm up before baking. It started proofing again, and not so much that it over-proofed. It was still firm enough for the spiral flash pattern.

And it didn't explode! I'm eating it right now and the whole wheat has a nice nutty flavor, the crust is crunchy but not overly dense (it doesn't scrape off the roof of your mouth) and the crumb is moist and light enough.

Fun, fun.

james 12-15-2008 06:50 PM

Re: Spiral loaf redux
I guess I have another question. After shaping the final loaf for a bread that is going to be retarted overnight -- do you give it some time to proof, or do you put it straight into the refrigerator right after forming the loaf. I have knocked much of the air out of the dough and used CannuckJim's boule shaping method, so the loaf is pretty dense at that point.

To proof or not to proof.

CanuckJim 12-15-2008 08:51 PM

Re: Spiral loaf redux

After shaping and putting the rounds into baskets, I always transfer them immediately to the fridge. I suspect the density of the bread has more to do with the whole flour proportions you're using, rather than the shaping and proofing methods. Tons of variables to consider, but only change one at a time. What is the temperature of the finished dough in the mixer?


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