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CoveredInFlour

Epi

This was my first attempt at anything more than rolls or sandwich loaves where I didn't make the dough in the bread machine, so maybe the crust is a little ragged. The recipe is from "Bread: Artisan Breads from Baguettes and Bagels to Foccacia and Brioche" by Eric Truille and Ursula Ferrigno. I'm working my way up to BBA. :D


I realized my cutting mistake *after* I cut the loaves- I cut into the dough sideways rather than from the top- so my wheat arms don't have that nice split on the top. Water in a broiler pan on the bottom rack of the with a combination of ice cubes and water, then removed after 10 minutes. I haven't tasted them yet, but I thought I'd share some pictures.


Tonight's dinner is pasta, so I wanted something nice to go with it.


  

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CoveredInFlour

I just tried a piece, and it's delicious- the crust is crispy and the inside is light and doughy the way it's supposed to me. Yay me, lol!


It's making me think I should get out my extra virgin olive oil and dip.

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neoncoyote

I got great advice in the thread linked below after trying my first epi. I'm proud to say that after multiple attempts, I have it looking just the way it should. I've even misted the top after cutting and added poppy seeds. It only gets better with subsequent attempts :) .


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/17205/first-pain-d039epi-critique-welcomed

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lief

Congrats on your first epi!  And you find BBA recipe's daunting?  This is the kind of thing that makes me nervous.  Shaping is one of the baking skills that I need to work on the most.


Sounds like you are quite pleased with the results and that is the important thing.  Yay, you! ;-)

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CoveredInFlour

Well, my shaping skills leave a lot to be desired, which is why they look more like antlers and not wheat heads. :D Oh well.


I still find BBA intimidating- testing the temperature of dough is something I find weird, but I used that baguette recipe instructions to modify the one from the recipe book I used. Instead of cutting the arms then letting it do it's final rise, I cut the arms (badly) right before putting them into bake. This way it formed a nice "skin" while rising but didn't on the cuts. I think that improves the crust's texture, but maybe not, what do I know?


The one BIG difference between BBA's recipe and the other one is BBA's has one long 2 hour rise, then shape and rise, "Bread"'s has 3 shorter rises- 1 1/2 hours, 45 minutes, 45 minutes- then shape and rise.


I rise my dough on a heating pad inside an extra large freezer bag set to low. So when I punch down the dough, I turn it over so the warmer bottom side is now at the top, cooler top side at the bottom. I've found my dough feels better and works better when I do that.


It really was good, and after dipping it in extra virgin olive oil, I realized I've been buying cr*ppy olive oil. :D


thank you for your kind words!

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008cats

because your crusts look YUM!


I have not mustered the nerve to try this - but now I am wondering: what other sculptural motifs might be possible?


Thanks for showing these to me!

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CoveredInFlour

Epi for everyone! :D


I wish I could share these with all of you, but I'm sure the bread you all make is better than this!


As far as shapes go, in the Confessing of A French Baker by Peter Mayle, a bread Eiffel Tower won the highest award. Maybe for Father's Day.. :D


I'll be making these again, but this time cutting the dough the right way. ;)


 

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CoveredInFlour

I made another batch today, my daughters have been asking for it as they were on a week long school trip when I made it the first time. This time I cut it correctly, but got talking to my husband so I left the steam pan full of water in the oven for the whole bake time. The crust seems to be okay, though!


 

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lief

Wow, looks like quite an improvement in the shaping department.  Nice job!

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CoveredInFlour

This time I actually read the directions. :|


Thank you! The next time I make it, I'll work the dough less to get more of an open crumb, this one was more "bready" than I wanted it to be.

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Paddyscake

Charm..I'm almost ready to give it a try!!


Very pretty...


Betty