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August 16, 2017 - 3:12pm -- Weizenbrot

This is a recent recipe posted by Stan Ginsberg on his The Rye Baker site. It's by far the easiest rye dough I've worked with—100% rye flour and hardly sticky at all. The recipe uses all instant yeast and comes together quickly.

It's worth a try when you don't have time for a sourdough-based rye bread.

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So what changed (help needed)?

August 7, 2017 - 6:51am -- BethJ

Hoping for help from the experts!

I have routinely been making Fromartz's stirato and have (up 'til now) been quite happy with the results.  I have been getting a moderately chewy crumb and crust, with evenly distributed holes.

Up until now, I was using an enriched bleached AP flour from Safeway.  It was a good value, until I had two bags recently come with bugs.  :(   I wrote the company, but won't be purchasing that product any more.

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Bread turns soggy after 3-4 days

August 2, 2017 - 10:51am -- Coach Dave

Hello All,

I am trying to perfect a cracked wheat loaf using a combination of bulgur, whole wheat, bread flour & instant yeast.  I have tried baking to as high as 206 degrees & yet my loaf goes soggy in the middle after 3 or 4 days.  There is also a strong smell as it turns.  Has anyone experienced this & found a way to correct this?

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an irish soda bread made with a sort of maslin flour

July 14, 2017 - 6:38am -- mutantspace

as an irishman i love soda bread. Was brought up on the stuff. Its a great bread and easy to make. The original no knead loaf made by peasants on the hearth, in a pot. 

This is a riff on the basic version using a Dan Lepard version of maslin flour which was a medieval flour - a mix of wholemeal, rye, oat and barley flours. Basically anything that was going. Its delicious. The honey and treacle arent necessary but are a good counter to the bitterness of the bread soda.

This only takes just over an hour to make and bake...

350g wholemeal

75g wholegrain rye

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question about weight and spring in a roast potato and onion bread

July 4, 2017 - 7:44am -- mutantspace

I have just taken a roast potato, roast onion and rosemary bread out of the oven. Its a Hamelman recipe and smells divine. Intoxicating even. It feels quite heavy and didnt get a large spring. Having said that it did rise a bit and the scoring opened up.

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Danish dark rye with collapsing crumb

July 3, 2017 - 6:11am -- greffe



I am making a batch of my brother's favorite dark rye bread, and wanted to ask for some advice, because the last time I made it, I had the same problem as this previous poster:

The recipe I have used calls for 24 hours proofing, overall, with 20 hours retarding in the fridge.

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June 24, 2017 - 12:41pm -- Elsasquerino

I've mixed up 250g each of pumpernickel flour and white bread flour following a recipe I hadn't read properly, I know realise it calls for something called Polish Culture, which must be very wet as the only other liquid is a cup of water! 

Forget that then as I don't know what it is let alone have any.


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