The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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This is a Lovely site

February 25, 2017 - 1:24pm -- stu currie

hey everyone, I have been baking bread for a few months now, and I'd just like to say how lovely everybody seems to be on this site. I have been a member of loads of forums on various subjects, and this is by far the most accepting, helpful and enjoyable one I have been on. unlike almost every other site, every comment appears to be helpful, which is wonderful.

youre all lovely people. It's your fault I'm getting fat, ha, I did it! A negative comment!

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Dutch Oven Alternatives

February 23, 2017 - 8:39am -- ChrisBathory

I have been baking sourdough for a few months now with good results.

However I still am unable to get the proper crust and colour as I don't have a dutch/cast iron oven, they are quite expensive where I live so I am looking for a cheaper alternative for now

I have attached a photo of an oven safe, porcelain casserole dish. Would this be suitable to bake a loaf in or is cast iron the only thing that will achieve the desired crust & colour.

I have some stainless steel bowls also, but am not sure if those will work


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Shaping sourdough batards

February 23, 2017 - 4:15am -- Grenage

I generally only make sourdough loaves at home, and I've never had problems with boules; they're very easy to shape and get tight.  I've switched to batards, because my partner finds it easier for toast.

Oh the pain.

I can't produce anything particularly well formed, as folding the dough back on itself leads to it sticking to my hands as much as itself.  I'm not even talking a particularly wet dough, just 71% 50% wholewheat.  Online demonstrations all seem to involve 65% yeasted pillows of delight, rather than a regular sourdough.

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Hi, I'm new here can I bake bread in a deck pizza oven?

February 22, 2017 - 12:40pm -- Karl Stephens

So I'm looking at setting up a micro sourdough bakery in my garage on a budget and can buy a twin deck electric pizza oven head height is 150mm. My question is can I make this work for sourdough I would have to self steam I know, but I could bake 12+ large loaves at a time!! I can pick it up for £500, has anyone had any experience baking in one or is the head height going to be an issue, many thanks in advance for any help :)


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Baking Formulas

February 22, 2017 - 5:17am -- oo7wazzy

HI All Fresh Loaf fans


I want some help on working out my formula for baking sourdough or any bread for that matter. I have the original Tartine recipe for the rustic country loaf that uses 1000g flour and makes 2 loaves. these loaves are quite big so I thought about using the recipe and dividing by 4 to get loaves that are roughly 500g each.

But what I want to know is, if I start with the finished loaf weight eg: 700g, how do I work the formula to get the individual ingredients knowing the percentages of all the ingredients ?




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How do you determine bulk fermentation total time?

February 22, 2017 - 3:52am -- _vk

Hi guys. All my last batches have being a "custom" recipe. I mean, I determined the proportion of WW to BF, the hydration, the add-ins amount and the percentage of levain. 

Then I mix/autolyse/knead and bulk. The bulk and S&F are more determined by my availability then other thing. Every thing is cool. 

But I'm not really sure how I do determine the bulk is enough. Perhaps I wait the dough to double twice. I think... Sometimes I cut trough the dough to see how the bubbles are doing there... 

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Cheating in score, does this tells you what I'm doing wrong?

February 19, 2017 - 4:59am -- _vk

Hello all.

I've being cheating. Yeah. I confess... 

I'm baking covered loafs (combo cooker and other contraptions). More often than not, when I uncover the bread the scored part is already consolidated, showing that there will be no ears. But the loaf is not already fully risen yet. So some times I re-score the hot loaf, and it produces a little ear. You can see that in the following picture. To the right of the score there is the first score result. The opened one is the second score.

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Announcing the Rye Baker Conference Call

February 15, 2017 - 8:32pm -- Elagins

I'm pleased to announce that starting next Wednesday, February 22, and on the third Wednesday of every month, I'll be hosting an open call-in for all rye enthusiasts from 6-7pm PST/9-10pm EST. Bring your questions and comments and let's share our rye experiences. We'll record all calls for later replay.

Dial-in: 1(712) 770-8066
Conference code: 793722

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Bacon brioche

February 14, 2017 - 7:05pm -- DReese615

I am about to start trying to put together a bacon fat brioche sandwich loaf and I was wondering if anyone had any advice and or a suggested starting recipe. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I will definitely be updating with results as I produce them. 


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