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Hey All,


Haven't posted in a bit and wanted to share with you something I baked for the Yelp 2nd Annual Bake-Off on Saturday, 5/15/10 in NYC.  I was up against some stiff competion with a dizzying array of sweets and savory baked goods...  I figured that I wouldn't win against those, but I took comfort that everybody went back for 2nd and 3rd helpings of my bread...


Here's what was left the Cranberry Apple Cider Bread with Walnuts that I baked:




Sorry I don't have a shot of the whole loaf...  It had this cool leaf pattern slashing...  Anyways, here's the formula below:


90% AP


10% WW


37% Water


37% Hard Apple Cider (alcoholic)


2% Kosher Salt


30% Stiff levain (60% hydration)


15% Dried Granny Smith Apples


15% Dried Cranberries


15% Toasted Walnuts


1/4 tsp instant or active dry yeast per 500g of flour


Directions:


12:00pm - Peel and cut apples into 3/8" cubes, mix with a little lemon juice to prevent browning, place on parchment lined pan, dry in 250F oven for 1 hour.


3:45pm - Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl with wooden spoon, hands, cover let rest for 30 minutes.


4:30pm - Knead in fruits and nuts (no more than 1 minute), cover let rest.


5:00pm - Turn dough, cover, let rest.


5:30pm - Turn dough, cover, let rest.


6:00pm - Turn dough, cover, let rest.


6:30pm - Turn dough, cover, let rest.


7:00pm - Turn dough, cover, let rest.


8:00pm - Divide, shape, proof.  Arrange stones in oven along with steam pan.  Preheat to 500F.


9:00pm - Turn loaves out onto lightly floured peel, slash as desired, place directly onto stone, add 1 cup water to steam pan, bake for 15 minutes at 450F, rotate and bake for 50 minutes at 420F, or until internal temp reaches 205F.  Cool completely before cutting.


**Notes:  I used 1270g flour for this recipe which gave me a dough yield of about 3250g.  I divided this into 2 equal pieces and formed boules.  Your baking time may be different if you make a smaller quantity.


Tim


 

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Seeking an Apple Cider Starter recipe

November 11, 2007 - 1:28pm -- ElaineW

Hi,

Today, while my grandchildren were visiting, I discovered that I have a gallon of apple cider that is no longer sweet cider. By the time the boys (2 1/2 and 6 1/2) left, I thought of consuming it but then again I thought of how could I use this to make a starter.  Since I do have a gallon of this stuff I have enough to play around with.

I was wondering, has anyone tried to make a starter using apple cider and flour?  If so, what amounts did you use and what type(s) of flour.

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