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Perusing that perfect loaf

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koffetar

Perusing that perfect loaf

Hi everyone! I just wish to say thanks to everyone who are contributing to this forum, which is reach of knowledge and experience of home bakers from all over the world. I started baking bread couple of years ago and although I enjoyed it much, it was just another task. Until I discovered artisan bread baking... What an amazing experience and journey it is! Taste and texture of my bread is improving loaf by loaf and not only that. Few days ago I made my first sour doug bread and it tasted fantastic. Now I will experiment with frermentation times to achive what will suit my taste buds.

The process of bread baking makes me reflect a lot about life in general.
What I learned is that progress can be achieved by accumulating knowledge and experience through time. Constant effort, time and passion should be main ingredients of everything we do. There are no shortcuts in achieving quality and desired goal. Many times I find out the ways not to do it and yet every time it comes out a bit better. Wait... is this bread I'm talking about or is it life? Or is it: bread = life?

I'm still perusing that perfect loaf of bread...

See you on the forums, Tomas

 

 

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Heath

Hi Tomas, it looks like you've already achieved that perfect loaf of bread if the photo is anything to go by!  My sourdough bread looks like nothing compared to yours but the taste is delicious.  When I make the occasional loaf with commercial yeast, it tastes flat and like cardboard in comparison.

Your passion is inspiring :)

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Wild-Yeast

Hi Tomas,

I think the keyword is "persistence". It best sums up the never ending quest for the greatest loaf.

Wild-Yeast  

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pjkobulnicky

From the looks of the composition of your photos I would guess that you are quite experienced at learning to do creative things and attending to all of the necessary details.

 

Paul

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koffetar

Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words.

@Heath & @pjkobulnicky I'm happy with the way my bread looks and taste like, but I know that it can be even better. I'm not sure I understand why the crust opens so much. Since I'm a designer I eat with my eyes as well so I have to please that side as well.

@Wild-Yeast I agree. Persistence is the key...

 

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Heath

I'm not sure I understand why the crust opens so much

Do you mean the expansion of the slash in the oven?  Yours has opened up beautifully and that's a good thing.  Many bakers (including myself) would be envious of such good oven spring.  If you peruse the pictures on this site, the most admired loaves are the ones whose slashes have opened up a lot.

 

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Heath

I realised after I'd posted that you're probably well aware of oven spring etc as you're obviously not a newbie baker.  Sorry...

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koffetar

Hi Heath, thanks for your reply. I actually consider myself as a newbie when it comes to bread baking. I think I'm into baking for couple of months now. 

As to oven spring, I think it happens to fast, but what I'd like to achieve is a gradual rise of dough in the oven. For example if you look at my loaf above you can see just a crack in the middle but if you take a look at this one below you can notice a gradual transition of color of crust from dark to light where the ear is. I really wonder how this happens? Is it the time of final rise of the dough? Is it scoring? Temperature in the oven? Amount of yeast or leaven? ...

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Song Of The Baker

Nice loaf Tomas...you should be proud of this one!

John

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kensbread01

Bread with attitude!

Tomas, From your original post, it is easy to see you have the right frame of mind for baking.  I liked you said about the process of baking and how that mirror's life in general.  What a great endeavor for those of us who have experience much in life and have learned from every step of the way.  Getting that loaf to turn out right is just a visual indicator of many other things that have to go right before you can claim success... much like life itself.