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baking a bloomer

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wyattg's picture
wyattg

baking a bloomer

Baked a bloomer yesterday, flavour and texture spot on but more a flatbread than bloomer.

 

What went wrong for it to go flat rather than be round.

 

Thanks.

PMcCool's picture
PMcCool

Next time, aim for allowing it to expand by a bit less than double so that there is still the capability for further expansion as it bakes.

Paul

josordoni's picture
josordoni

I make bloomers, and find they need quite a firm hand in the shaping to keep them going upwards not outwards. you need a good tight skin on the outside of the dough.

If you aren't sure, this is how I shape for a bloomer (not my video but same method)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKl_7C9tZ6g

Antilope's picture
Antilope

to manually shape a loaf and place it back in my Zo bread machine for the final rise and manual bake. It made a beautiful high rising perfect shaped loaf. Thanks for the link. I was using Peter Reinhart's BBA White Bread (with buttermilk) along with a tangzhong roux.

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josordoni

There are some amazing video lessons on You tube for shaping and scoring. Amazing the diffference that the shaping makes isn't it.  

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Antilope

with conventional loaf forming methods. This technique of folding corners on the bottom and then folding in half lengthwise really makes a beautiful high domed loaf of sandwich bread. Looks like a loaf from a bakery.