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Whole Wheat Walnut Boule

May 23, 2012

60% whole wheat 20% white whole wheat 20% general purpose flour 73% hydration (going a little higher) 20 grams salt 10 grams yeast 40 grams extra virgin olive oil 30 grams honey 110 grams chopped walnuts (I will use more next time) Mix everything in a stand mixer and knead for 10 minutes on low (the two setting on a KitchenAid mixer). Then a bulk fermentation for about an hour,... Read More

Undergrad Takes on Food Truck at Cal

May 23, 2012

From the San Jose Mercury News. Koh may be the first undergrad to run his own food truck at Cal, but street food fever is taking over not only cities, but also college campuses from coast to coast. Schools in Southern California, Texas, Oregon and Washington have launched their own versions of Off the Grid street food fests, bringing fleets of food trucks on campus. A trio of students at... Read More

Ice Water, Yeast and Crumb

May 21, 2012

This is a follow-up on my earlier posting on High Hydration Dough, where I ask (and answer) the question—”do I need to proof my yeast”?, with a clear and definitive “no”. As a little background, I mixed my flour, salt and yeast, and then added 80% ice water directly to the flour and mixed it. After a two-hour bulk fermentation, I shaped my baguettes, put then on a homemade couch... Read More

Handling Wet Dough and the Couche

May 21, 2012

In my previous posting, I made to notes on mixing and kneading high hydration dough (80% in this case), so I wanted to make a couple of notes on working with web dough—and point out a mistake that I made (something I know but need occasional reminding). First, don’t over-flour your work surface, or the dough, when handling wet dough. You can add a little bit of extra virgin olive... Read More

Mixing High Hydration Dough

May 21, 2012

I made 80% hydration baguette’s, and was reminded just how much longer (and a little faster) you need mix the dough to build the strands of gluten and develop the bread’s structure. That statement marks roughly the end of my technical knowledge on the science of web dough—thought I want to do some more research in order to understand why this is true. From this sequence of photos, you can... Read More

Baguette à l'ancienne

May 20, 2012

From William Alexander, author of 52 Loaves. I hate to burst anyone’s fantasies, but the typical baguette in a Parisian bakery, that very symbol of French cuisine, simply isn’t very good, made quickly by machine, from pumped-up flour. If you ask for a baguette à l’ancienne, however, you might pay a little more, but get an artisan baguette, made slowly, with a wild-yeast starter. This is my own interpretation of... Read More

Baguette Flipping Board

May 20, 2012

Watching Ciril Hitz’ wonderful video on baguette shaping and baking, I quickly saw the answer to one of my long-standing questions. For years, I have done my best stretching, folding and shaping my baguettes, only to get a little confused and frustrated about ruining their shape as I moved the loaves from my linen couch to the peel. But there in the video is my answer. The baguette slipping board. You... Read More

Baguette Shaping with Ciril Hitz

May 20, 2012

On YouTube. Baguette shaping from the bulk fermented dough through to finished bread. Everything except how to load a wood-fired oven—they use modern electric bread ovens. The technique is awesome, and I learn a number of things that I am going to be incorporating into my daily baking. Read More

Sculpture Of Stereotypical Italian Chef Proof Of Pizzeria’s High Standard Of Excellence

May 19, 2012

You just can’t beat The Onion. Brilliant Headlines. Sculpture Of Stereotypical Italian Chef Proof Of Pizzeria’s High Standard Of Excellence You really should take the time to read the entire article. Funny. Read More



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