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cornstarch glaze

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ingredients:


600gm unbleached bread flour


150gm dark rye flour


2.25 (14gm) teaspoon salt


2.25 (8gm) teaspoon active dry yeast (SAF brand)


1.5 tablespoon each of brown sugar(19gm), dill seed(8gm), and dehydrated onion flakes(11gm)


500 gm very warm water (just cool enough to put a finger in and not whimper or yank it out)


NOTE: increased quantities by 50% and switched from dill weed to dill seed.


procedure:


Mixed dry flours,salt and yeast in kitchenaid mixer, added boiling water to sugar+dill+onion in separate bowl and let soak and cool, mixed on low until dough cleaned the sides of bowl, turned out on countertop, kneaded briefly, formed into ball, and plopped it into a floured(rye flour this time), linen-lined brotform bowl to rise and covered with tea towel.  Let it rise 3  hours.  Preheated oven with pizza stone to 450F.  Turned loaf out of brotform bowl onto parchment paper on inverted cookie sheet (in lieu of a peel). Slashed loaf, spritzed with water, and slid it onto the preheated pizza stone, parchment and all.  Covered with stainless bowl in lieu of playing "steam-the-oven".  Set timer for 15 minutes and removed the stainless bowl when it went off.  Set timer for 15 minutes again and checked browning when it went off.  Browned it a bit more and removed from oven.  Painted hot loaf top and bottom with cornstarch glaze (1.5 tablespoons cornstarch mixed in 1 cup cold water, nuked in microwave until it just boiled) and set on wire rack to cool.


Result:  Dough rose to fill the 10-inch brotform bowl.  Got some decent oven spring.  The glaze dried nice and shiny; using rye flour in the brotform and shaking out the excess prevented recurrance of the caked-white-flour problem.  I like the dill/onion flavor balance in this loaf better   The loaf is still not as tall/spherical as I wish, and this larger loaf lost a bit of crust when it stuck to my cover bowl, but it's great with corned beef.


Now let's see if I can upload some pictures.



^raw dough in brotform



risen dough in brotform^



slashed loaf on parchment^



raw loaf on pizza stone^



cover on pizza stone^



cover removed after 15 minutes^



loaf cooled and glazed^



time for corned beef^


 


Actually, I liked it with corned beef with or without mustard!  Had three sandwiches!

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