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Crispy Crust Tip

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Larry Clark

Crispy Crust Tip

 

Here's a tip from the San Francisco Baking Institute ( http://www.sfbi.com/bakers_tips.html ) regarding steaming loaves for crisp crust.

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Getting the Most from Steam When baking with a rack oven, in order to get the full benefit of the steam, it is helpful to turn off the oven for 1-3 minutes (depending on oven quality) after the rack has been placed in the oven and the steam injected into the bake chamber.
This will give enough time for the steam to get deposited on the loaves and keep the chamber humid, before the fan dries it out.  As a result, the breads will have better cut openings, better volume and better coloration.

Note that if the rack oven has a fan delay option, it could be used instead of shutting down the oven completely (and sometimes forgetting to turn it back on?). 
 

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 I tried this and got the best crust I've ever produced. Oh, and I did forget to turn the oven back on for a few minutes.

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Paddyscake

if only we could all afford one!! Lucky you!

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Larry Clark

 

I must be wrong, but I assumed a rack oven was a regular, everyday oven, as opposed to  a brick or steam injected oven. In any event, if your oven has a fan the runs while your oven does, place bread in oven, toss water in a heated pan and turn your oven off for three minutes.  

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KipperCat

Thanks for the tip.  One of these days I'll get the fan fixed in my oven and see how it affects the bread.