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Ruu's picture

Silky dough

March 24, 2015 - 7:07pm -- Ruu

Hello again bakers,

I have got another questions. So i have been learning a recipe (W African bread) for the past few months.

My biggest concern is that this recipe calls for a very silky smooth dough. To accomplish this result, they use a machine called a "milling machine".....I think its called a "Dough breaker" here in the United states. Its looks like a dough sheeter but not the same.

This machine create a very smooth, silky elastic dough. I am unable to use this machine due to its safety concern in the united states.

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Got an offer to bake for two local cafes . . . uh oh.

March 22, 2015 - 12:14pm -- Christopher Hoffman

Greetings everyone!

I'm a home baker who has been doing naturally leavened breads for a few years. (see pic)

I recently shared some of my loaves with a local bakery/cafe owner who I have admired for awhile and who specializes in pastries and desserts. They do a brisk lunch business as well, and they make their own sandwich bread but they don't yet do anything like the artisan(y) breads that I do.

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Baking Process for Hot Dog Rolls

March 18, 2015 - 2:20am -- Brooklyn


We are intending to set up 4500 pcs per hour production line of hot dog rolls (160mm long, 85 gms weight).


I wish to know whether Intermediary Proofing necessary?

Can we avoid it by using enzymes in the dough or providing some resting time on the belt rather than passing thru Intermediary Proofing chambers?

Our temperatures range 20 to 35 degree Celsius.


Please help.

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Deck Oven Woes

March 11, 2015 - 4:00pm -- bakewright82

Hi, everyone. I recently purchased a small deck oven w/ steam injection (Doyon 2T) for my bakery, and it is not baking evenly. Does anyone have experience with this brand/type of oven? I'm getting temperature variations of 50+ degrees at different points on the stone deck, but the licensed service rep is telling me that the unit is functioning within acceptable parameters based on their diagnostic tests (checking voltages and amps). 

Has anyone dealt with something like this before? What was your process for holding the manufacturer accountable? 



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common injuries for bakers

March 11, 2015 - 11:33am -- doho

Besides the normal sore back and achy muscles, what else are common injuries for a baker? I've recently (6 months ago) started working with pizza dough making 400# into 9oz balls. I've encountered lots of pain along the way but mostly my right wrist from rolling the doughballs. It feels sore and aches, then off and on it goes numb. Within the past week I developed a firm knot on the inside of my wrist where it meets the thumb. What is it and is it serious? What other problems or injuries are common amongst bakers?

Ruu's picture

Professional Help

January 30, 2015 - 8:37pm -- Ruu

Hello bakers,

I apologize for any misspelling

I have been surfing the forum and blog for weeks trying to find the answers to my question but numerous hours spent and couldn't find all i need so i thought i had ask for some help.

I am just about to start up a new bakery..a little different from the American style bread. This will be a specialized local bread originating from Africa, and based on my research, the first bakery with this style of bread.

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Laminating croissants

December 29, 2014 - 4:59am -- imjlotherealone

Hi, all. I created an account just to ask this question.


I make croissants at my bakery. Recently, I started making them with 99.9% butter blocks from Corman. I thought it'd make rolling out easier and give me better lift.

However, once I started using it, the butter started to crack when rolling out. Here's my usual procedure.


1. Mix dough to low gluten development stage. Wrap in plastic, freeze overnight in freezer.

2. Defrost dough in refrigerator the next day.

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California cottage law!

December 7, 2014 - 10:59am -- hmcinorganic

I've been out of the loop for about 2 years, but apparently CA passed a cottage food law and it is now relatively easy for me to (legally) sell my bread that I make at home. Wow!

Anyone have any suggestions? I am not doing this for the money, but I am excited about the possibility of selling something that I made. I LOVE to make bread, and the opportunity to get paid for it... even a few hundred dollars a year, so exciting.

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Deflated Bread?

November 12, 2014 - 12:06pm -- katiecooks815

Hi All, 

I'm having issues with my pretzel loaf. I usually get a nice dark color from my lye and wide open slits. I've done the recipe very slowly step by step and keep getting the same result - the attached picture. A lighter brown color and more deflated dough with slits not opening. I can't figure out what is going wrong! Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong? I'm using flour, water, salt, sugar, yeast and unsalted butter in the recipe. 


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