The Fresh Loaf

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Mystery yeast

June 21, 2007 - 3:44pm -- Larry Clark

What the hey? The plan was to make a batch of ciabatta bread but even though the bag of yeast from Costco had an expiration date six months from now, when I proofed it, it showed no signs of life. The yeast dissolved just fine but all I got was cloudy water - no "blooms" floating to the surface like I'm used to seeing. I made a poolish from it anyway.

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June 8, 2007 - 1:18pm -- Loafer

I am trying to properly proof a nice super fluffy white loaf (Hensperger's White Mountain Loaf) and my gear nerve is twitching.  I had jury rigged a warmer that works fine for initial fermentation ( but it doesn't work for proofing.  I have a gas oven, so I can't do the pilot light trick, and my steaming methods seem to break the light fixture, so that doesn't work either.  I have seen some neat arrangements for proofing at home, but I need something that is especially (1) cheap (2) compact (3) works wi


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