Thinking about baking with a cover and steam injection, but I don't have that equipment. I put my baking stone on the top shelf of the oven, slightly over 3" down from the top element of the oven. My pan o' rocks for steam was on a middle rack. I misted the baguettes before they went in the oven and then baked with steam at 515 for 10 minutes and another 12 after removing the rock pan. Far and away the crispiest crust I've gotten yet.
First off, let me just say how wonderful this forum (and indeed this website) is. I have made several posts with great feedback, and learned a lot of amazing things. Thanks one and all!
Yes I know it sounds like a stupid request. I finally found a dough recipe I really like, but are there any tricks to getting the end crust a little softer? It's just our preference. The dough has standard ingredients - flour, sugar, oil, water, salt. I bake usually at 425-450 depending on how much stuff is on it.
I don't use a stone (we bought one years ago but can't find it ha ha). If I did use a stone, would that good expanse of heat help me get the middle cooked faster and get it out of the oven quicker? Sorry if this sounds stupid.
Hello, I'm brand new to these forums, so sorry if I mess up on any form-etiquette. I've just used Richard Bertinet's sourdough recipe from CRUST. Unfortunately with his recipes, I've found that almost all of them require 15 to 20% more water than he calls for. I emailed him directly to be sure I wasn't crazy and he confirmed that American flours are often "stronger" and absorb more water.
I have 5 SD breads, with a good representation of levain premix and straight no-knead, created after realizing I have made way too much starter. While they look marvelous, they suffer from a hard crust that I don't really like. 1) Is there anything I can do now to soften my breads? 2) At the point of use, how may I warm the bread so that it comes close to post-baking conditions?
Thanks to oldcampcook for tips on the prophylactic treatment.
While I appreciate the crispy, GBD crust on more rustic breads, I am occasionally jonesing for an asian style bread. The kind that is light, airy and tender, with a soft and shiny crust. I've tried a few times, but so far I've failed. Any ideas on how to get this kind of crust?
This weekend I baked the second batch of bread from my newly-minted sourdough starter (so new I haven't named it yet). The first batch was edible, although the crust was not as crisp as I would have liked, and the holes in the crumb were uniform.