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bulk fermentation for white bread

February 8, 2010 - 6:33pm -- markie_oliver

Hi guys, i've been selling bread for a month now but it happens tobe a white bread varieties, but something on my process is on the grey area for me  and that is the BULK FERMENTATION. Correct me if im wrong but i understand that longer fermentation process also improve the shelf life of bread and the softness?though i knew that with high sugar, i'tll be a junk food for the yeast. so im gonna write down my formula and process and i hope somebody would comment if im doing the right thing or not.






LindaLou's picture

I was so happy when my 1 starter white bread came out nice. Tomorrow I will share with everyone at work. My husband had some and said it was very good. I can't get my pictures to work or I would show you. I love the pictures everyone send in by the way.


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Cover Benched Dough??

February 8, 2010 - 2:53pm -- Feelin Crumby

Something's been bothering me concerning how I treat, and react to, the unshaped pieces of dough I have on the counter. Actually, the shaped ones, too. Essentially, I feel panicked :-). Everything I read says to cover them, but I have visited bakeries, and often see photos of bakers with TABLES FULL of loaves out in the open . . . uncovered. What's going on here? What is the difference on the breads if they're not covered during this stage? Any explanations are greatly appreciated. Thanks. Feelin' Crumby

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Here's a Rustic Italian Round I baked today using straight dough method with 15% levain added.

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Lalvain "French Sourdough" Starter from King Arthur?

February 8, 2010 - 2:21pm -- tabasco

Hi, Sourdough fans,

I'm fairly new with the Sourdough aspect of bread-baking, but I confess I've become obsessed. 

I have tried to make my own 'wild yeast starter' without a lot of luck, but I continue to try.  I have also baked a few loaves of Levain style bread using an aged 'sponge' including a a little SAF yeast and 1/2 cup of sourdough starter (made from the KA 'french starter' mentioned below), but I didn't like the taste of the bread (really bad).

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Is there a difference in speed settings between home mixers? Most instructions say "Mix on low speed (#2 if using a KitchenAid)"

February 8, 2010 - 1:55pm -- saraugie

Is there a difference in speed settings between home mixers? Example: instructions say "Mix on low speed (#2 if using a KitchenAid)", at least most of the books that I have mention KA. I am following instructions now which say KA, waiting between mixing and I had a "hmmmm" moment.

I have a home model Cuisinart and I use the same settings in the formula's instructions even though most say KA. I think I'm correct using same speed settings as KA but never hurts to double check.

There goes my timer, time to add the whole grains and mix again.


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Sandwich Roll Recipe that does well refrigerated

February 8, 2010 - 11:45am -- Gunnersbury

There are so many sandwich roll recipes, but I have not been able to find one that can be made the night before and produce nice quality sandwich rolls the next day. I would like to make the dough in the evening, ideally shape the rolls, refrigerate and bake them the next day in time for lunch. I would appreciate your help.


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gummy Struan

February 8, 2010 - 10:09am -- hilo_kawika

I'm happy to say that thanks to the good advice I've received here and from other friends, I've had pretty good luck with my bread baking.  But when I tried to make Peter Reinhart's version of struan bread from his Artisan Baking Every Day book the results were disappointing.

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Bakers share recipes on knead-to-know basis.


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