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Homemade couche in the tropics

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beanfromex

Homemade couche in the tropics

Well, I used my pie rolling out canvas to couche two french loaves, and kept them in my kitchen.They rose wonderfully, but due to high humidity ( I think) when it came time to put them into the oven, I could not remove them from the fabric. I had used liberal amounts of flour, so humidity is the only answer I can come up with.

Today, I am trying the french bread experiment again. Put my starter together last night, and as I write this the bread is at the fermentation stage . Couches may NOT be a possibility here due to climate, unless we get an air conditioner into the kitchen.

I have not had the opportunity of looking for a baking stone yet, but will visit several tile shops when I next have the car and loads of errands to run.  

 I have taken seeral digital photos, and opened an account at photo bucket, but need to play around with the next stage of photo transfers..whatever that may be. 

 

Be well everyone. 

 

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cognitivefun

the secet to getting a couche to release I learned somewhere here, which is to use rice flour and thoroughly flour the couche.

This has worked like a charm, even for a very slack dough I recently used. Absolutely easy release with no sticking.

Then I brush off the rice flour (as much as I can brush off) and bake. No off flavor and it gives the bread a rustic look!

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beanfromex

Cognitivefun

Thank you! They actually do sell that here, I will try that next time and let you know how it works.

 I was actually quite surprised that the dough stuck to the pie pastry canvas, but attributed it to perhaps high humidity in the kitchen (southern mexico)... 

Regards from Villahermosa 

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fstephens

Baking in Hawaii I understand your trials with humidity.  I never actually used a canvas couche so I can't tell you any tricks.  I used dry, heavy (non-fuzzy) dishtowels that I misted with oil then floured liberally with AP or bread flour.  They worked well, with very minor sticking.  Good luck!