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I currently proof wholemeal sd loaves (approx weight 900gms) for between 4 and 6 hours in warm kitchen (22 degrees). What can I do to accelerate this slightly ? I look forward to hearing thoughts. 

With thanks

 

 

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Hi - I do not often bake yeasted bread but last night made a small white loaf with unbleached white flour. Ingredients 500gms U/B White Strong flour / 330gms water / 8 gms fresh teast / 8 gms salt.

Mixed and kneaded for approx 12 minutes then into bowl to rest. Rested for 1hr 20 mins (double in size plus a bit) and then into small loaf tin. Allowed to prove for 1 hr and 10 mins until double.

Then cut top with razor just before going into the oven. The loaf sank slightly and never produced any oven spring !

 

Any thoughts on problem would be appreciated.

 

Thanks and regards

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Hi

I have made a number of Spelt Wholemeal loaves ranging from 100% Spelt Wholemeal flour to 50% Spelt Wholemeal and 50% Canadian Strong White flour.

On a bnumber of occassions the loaf has emerged from the oven with a "flat" or "flattened top crust. Can anybody enlighted me  as to what is happening ?

 

 

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Hi - looking for some help. 

On checking this loaf after 15 mins I notice that the top crust is splitting away from the sides.

Can anybody help as to why and what I might do to stop this happening.

I like the end look but would be keen to have some input.

 

With thanks

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Hi

I am looking for help and advise on refreshing and keeping a Levain going. Having made the Levain from the chef and baked 3 x Pain du Levain i now have approx 500gms Levain which I have kept in the fridge for a week. I refreshed it with 125gms water and 175gms flour on Wednesday and again today being Saturday.

 

Is this still a Levain ? Or is it now some type of hybrid Chef ?

Thoughts and experience would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Prepared dough for a Spelt, Wheatgerm &Oat Loaf last night at about 7pm. Now Saturday 28 Jan 10am.

Flour mix is 500gms white spelt / 100gms wheatgerm / 100gms pinhead oats / 300 gms dark rye

Put three loaves into our very cold conservatory overnight and this morning the dough looks like this :

Is this cracking more common in certain types of bread ? and does it effect the baking time as the loaf "opens" in the oven. Any comments welcome

 

I like the look when baked

Thanks for comments

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First blog post - like the site very much. I am a keen home baker and been baking since coming across Andrew Whitleys book in Easter 2009 whilst on holiday near Lyme Regis.

Todays bread is a "Millers" Levain - or "lots of bag ends".

Interested to know how many people bake with a Levain and how they maintain / feed it on weekly / daily basis ?

 

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