The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Formulas and preferments

August 17, 2012 - 9:11am -- david earls

I'm a newbie on this forum, and probably a newbie to bread machines - had one for about a year and a half. I bake 2-3 times a week in my West Bend Hi Rise, a spiffo little double-paddle machine that makes a 2-2.5 lb. horizontal loaf. Shortly after I started baking, I departed from both direct method (where you add yeast directly to the dough) and recipes, and moved to indirect method (preferment) and formulas. I don't make many kinds of bread, so my formulas have been thoroughly tested and refined.

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whole wheat formulas

January 9, 2012 - 11:23am -- smoke signals

I am looking for a 100 percent, whole wheat, sourdough formula that involves only flour, water, culture & salt. I realize there are many on this site and I would like to know what folks think is the best option. I'll be baking around 15 loaves in a convection oven for my CSB. (Community Supported Bread)
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Bread formula utility for Excel

June 27, 2007 - 7:34am -- Uberkermit

I put together an Excel workbook for working with bread formulas. Although there are other similar tools on this site, this one has some nice additional features. Let's say you have a formula for a sourdough bread, but you want to make a couple changes. First, you want to add 10% spelt flour, you want to up the hydration from 65% to 68%, change the salt form 1.8 to 2%, reduce the dough yield from 3.5 pounds to 3.0 pounds, and increase the percent of pre-fermented flour from 15-20%.

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