I've been baking bread for a while now and I've had some extremely succesful loaves and some not so succesful ones. I make plain French bread and it has three rises at about 70 F.
Hi all -
So lately I've added an extra day onto my overnight dough retardation so that my sourdough loaves can develop more sour flavor. Worked fine. I'm wondering If I can push the envelope even further and retard the formed loaves for more time possibly 3 or 4 days. I know the dough still rises a bit in the fridge, although very slowly, but over the course of 3 days this could become significant and collapse the loaf. Does anyone know if this should actually be of concern? Is there anything else I should be worried about when retarding dough for this long?
Does anyone have any experience retarding shaped loaves in a temperature-controlled fridge? I have a theory that an second-hand fridge, maintained at 10-12C, will allow me to retard 36 loaves. I've been considering deep plastic pizza dough boxes to hold the brotforms, but I'm concerned that these may not allow sufficiently rapid cooling of the dough. Does anyone have any experience? Educated guesses? Better suggestions?