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Artisan Breads by Kastel & non-diastatic malted barley

February 7, 2016 - 4:47pm -- Diane

Just about every bread recipe in the Culinary Arts Institute Artisan Breads at Home book by Eric Kastel include using @ .5% malt syrup. 

On page 12, Kastel writes:  "NON-diastatic malted barley, which contains the enzyme amylase, helps bread down the starches in flour into sugars, making them more available to the yeast.... Diastatic malted barley, without enzymes, won't harm your bread but it also work the same way to improve it."

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2015 books

December 3, 2015 - 12:00pm -- Janet Yang

Any new bread books that you like? 

I rarely buy books, as I can usually get them from our library or through InterLibrary Loan.  Very new books are not available through ILL, but I can always ask our library to consider purchasing them. 


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What is the secret to the splits?

September 9, 2015 - 4:04am -- Wannabe

Question for all Ken Forkish followers: what can I do maximize the natural fissures (ears) associated with the FLOUR WATER SALT YEAST process?

I've had several boules come out of the dutch oven with practically no splits and others with spectacular ones. What makes the difference? Wondering if it is related to the number of folds applied and the strength of the dough.

Many thanks for any insights that you have!

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Bread cookbooks

September 7, 2015 - 8:48am -- cowichanbread

Brand new to the bread making world. Just yesterday made my 1st successful hamburger buns without using a machine! I have looked online for a great bread cookbook to help me on my new bread making journey. One that is filled with basics about breadmaking and some great artisan recipes; I get so overwhelmed with all of the bread books out there. Can anyone recommend their favorite or there go-to book. Thanks in advance. 

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Recommend a Book for a Sourdough Rye Lover?

August 1, 2015 - 3:56pm -- lemonhead

I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount of bread books out there.  
Any recommendations? I love traditional European dark & heavy sourdough ryes, and I mill my own flour.  
I have been using Hammelman's 'Bread' for a couple years, really like the organized layout of the recipes, but I've exhausted that book and am looking for something new.


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