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Bulging Bread

August 23, 2014 - 8:26am -- carriejt

I've made this ciabatta style 77% hydration bread using .004% traditional yeast in a baguette pan about 40 - 50 times and suddenly I get bulging. The seams were well sealed and still obviously on the bottom of the loaves. I slashed the tops for oven spring and don't know what caused the 'bulge'. Can anyone help me understand?

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Big baking "oops"

August 14, 2014 - 2:54pm -- Lpaige16

Hello! I picked up a springform pan today to make my first cheesecake. I removed the label from the top portion of the bottom part of the pan, but apparently there was another label attached to the bottom with that super sticky glue that I didn't catch before baking the cake. The pan was in water, which is the main source of my concern. My question now is, is the cake ruined or is it still safe to eat? I know a small amount of water seeped into the inner part of the pan, which is why I am slightly concerned.


Thanks for your help!

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Levain open crumb

August 7, 2014 - 3:32pm -- koffie

i am trying to creat a simulair crumbstructure for a while but I can't get it right. what i know is. They use levain.and a little bit of yeast and  t65 flower. they Aldo use twi different pre ferments. The dough shaming is with a machine. So the dough cant be high in water percentage.. So who knows. The bread is from a artisanaal bakery in france. 

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High hydration dough - banneton use

August 7, 2014 - 1:39pm -- jmusther

I've been puzzling over something for a while.  My every-day bread is an 80% hydration, 20% wholemeal sourdough with a long cool ferment - it's along the lines of Tartine country bread.  I form and then proof in a banneton with a linen liner, and turn-out without issue for baking.  However when I first started using the banneton on such a high hydration dough, I had problems with it sticking.  I liberally dusted with bread flour, but my dough stuck horribly.  

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Could it be the fineness of the flour?

August 6, 2014 - 6:52pm -- David S.

My family has made 100% whole-wheat bread for a long time and we all love it to pieces. I have taken over responsibility of family bread-baker for the past 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, within the past month or so, the bread suddenly ceased to rise nearly as well. I found it puzzling, because I was doing everything exactly the same as before. In fact, I made quite sure that I was doing everything just the same. I then began suspecting the flour as the cause.


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