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Tartine recipe at high altitude

April 21, 2012 - 8:35am -- Gweezer

Greetings-I'm back in Colorado with a sesame loaf from Tartine purchased yesterday.  I've baked Country Loafs from the Tartine recipe about 25 times and still just can't seem to get there.

What is missing is the oven spring and open crumb.  I'd say I get about 1/2 the spring I should and a very dense tight crumb.  Other than that its still the best bread I can find in Colorado.

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Open vs. Close Crumb

May 25, 2010 - 9:15pm -- nicolesue


I've made the 'lean dough' recipe from PR's ABED a couple of times. Most of the time, dough often comes out with large open crumbs, except for a loaf I made yesterday. Instead of the usual, the crumbs were close, more like regular bread loaf. Taste wise, the bread was thoroughly cook with no gummy texture at all. All in all, still very good to eat.

May I know what causes the crumbs to open and not? I've been using the same recipe each time. I'm just curious, and would like a better understanding, to help me control the outcome of the bread better next time.

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