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Whole wheat flour sourdough power

     I just baked a new loaf with the help of my new oven thermometer. As it turns out, I've been baking at a seriously reduced temp up until now. This new loaf has all the toasty crust characteristics I was looking for for so long.  You could probably guess it's whole wheat. I do believe this added to the crust color and toasted tang. That whole wheat hullabaloo worried me wobbly, but I can say that it's a myth. What hullabaloo you ask? For some reason, people are always on about how the whole wheat bran will 'cut' up gluten and reduce dough development. Just like there is more than one way to skin a kitty, one doesn't need kneading to build gluten. I just retard the dough in the fridge for a proprietary amount of time. Only after this initial rest do I proceed to knead.

 

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Welcome to Dough Boy Fresh's Fresh Bread Blog!

I've recently started baking bread, and I've got my fourth or fifth loaf in the oven as I write. The following are some of my bread's. I've included a pie because the crust turned out very well. If I don't say so myself.

This here is my first loaf ever. It had some problems needless to say. But hey, I'm gettin better.

 

This is my second loaf. I actually used some old wine yeast in this one. It wasn't as sour as I would have liked, but that starter has potential. I put some garlic in it. Look at that crumb, and tell me you don't like it. Only main flaw was underproofing.

This is that pie I promised. It was lemon meringue. I used all butta baby in the crust and it turned out great. The water in the meringue condensed a bit though.

 

Well, that's it for now. I'll post my newest loaves as I get around to it.

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