The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Any type of bread that doesn't fall into the other buckets: herb breads, sandwich breads, fruit and nut breads, anything else you enjoy.

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inexperienced about how to put questions on this site?

May 17, 2015 - 11:44am -- CaGa15

I wanted to know if Rye bread tastes good without the Caraway seeds?  I was looking for something else to use instead but don't like the Fennel, Anise because all over powering to me overpower

Would it be good with sesame seeds, or sunflower?  I am up for suggestions.

Thanks CaGa15

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Bagels, Boiling, Baked Baking Soda

May 9, 2015 - 6:29pm -- Bread winer

I'm confused.  I've read where dipping my formed bagels into baked baking soda somewhat replicates lye.  Fair enough.  However, in my browsing I see, "dip in baked baking soda solution, drain and rinse, and bake". What happened to the boiling?  

I'm going with the "no such thing as a stupid question"  


Thanks in advance.

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Croissant Dough RESISTING

May 9, 2015 - 12:16pm -- kitchen_monkey

I am having a big problem with croissant dough resisting while laminating. It seems no matter what recipe or ingredients I use my dough always starts resisting after the second single turn. The third turn becomes hard to complete and the final rolling becomes a nightmare. The end result are deformed croissants out of the oven where some of the layers separate excessively and tare off of the croissant.

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New and Getting confused....

May 7, 2015 - 7:43am -- hs4816

Hi all.  I'm new (and addicted) to this!  When I say "new" I mean totally... it's been like 3 or 4 weeks and I've just figured out the baker's percentage thing.

I have "perfected" a pizza dough that I love. Now I've moved on to cinnamon buns.

Problem is I'm getting confused. Mostly with why/what makes a dough sticky/too hard to work with.

Question:: when you're figuring out how much total moisture you've worked with, do you add up the liquid, fat, and eggs?

Example: my pizza dough is 58% water, 6% olive oil and just a tiny bit sticky but easy to work with

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Supporting the Real Bread Campaign..

May 1, 2015 - 2:16am -- drogon

Mostly a UK thing, but there are real-bread bakeries all over the world.

It's "Real Bread Week" next week. See:

for details and help support the cause here:


- "Dough Nut" Gordon

(A real bread campaign member)

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April 29, 2015 - 2:12pm -- Ramses2

Hello All,

After my bulk fermentation and I dump the dough out onto the work counter the 1st thing I notice is that there are very many extra large bubbles or if you prefer air-pockets. When I say large I mean the size of peach pits and whole cherries and whole grapes. 

Since I am using a lean dough to make baguettes I , obviously, need to preserve as many bubbles as I can in order to get a wide open crumb.  But, by the time I pop all of these monster bubbles I have lost must of the tiny air-pockets that is needed to get a wide open crumb.


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