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KazaKhan's picture

Rapid BreadI started making bread about six months ago, I've been enjoying making bread so much that I've started TAFE to become a baker. My goal when I started was to produce a soft white sandwich bread in as short a time as possible. Now that I can do that I'll share what I've learnt. The first thing that I think is important is to use percentages and weight I do not measure by cups etc, I also keep an eye on time and temperature. Since approaching breadmaking with an engineers hat on so to speak my bread has improved considerably. So here is how I make a rapid bread from start to finish in about two hours.
First I work out how much dough I need, today I'm going to do two baguettes at 450g and a lunch loaf at 550g which is about the maximum capacity of my oven, using two oven shelves never seems to work. So I need a dough of 1450g and I'm using the following formula.

  • 100% Flour
  • 58% Water
  • 2% Salt
  • 2% Olive Oil
  • 1% Sugar
  • 1% Yeast
  • Total -- 164%

PreparationI would usually use bakers flour and 1% bread improver however I wanted to test a cheap all-purpose flour with a protein content of 10.8% (Savings Brand in Austraila) and to see the result of no improver.

For my weights I do the following.
  • 1450g / 1.64 = 884g -- dough weight divided by our 164% gives the required flour weight.
  • 884 * 58% = 513g -- All other percentages are relative to the flour.
  • 884 * 2% = 18g -- Salt
  • 884 * 2% = 18g -- Olive Oil
  • 884 * 1% = 9g -- Sugar
  • 884 * 1% = 9g -- Yeast
Dry Ingredients I weigh my flour then add other dry ingredients to the flour and give it a good mix with a spoon. Next I start mixing slowly with a stand mixer whilst adding the liquids, once all is mixed I let it sit for anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes to let the dough relax.

Mixed Dough On a higher speed I work the dough for roughly 8-10 minutes. At this point I want a dough with temperature of about 28°C, I usually get the water temperature(20-22°C with the current warm weather) set by adding a couple of ice cubes(tap water is about 26°C here) to a jug of water before weighing the water off. Kneading the dough will warm it up a bit which is allowed for in the water temperature.

Window CheckHand WorkI pull the dough out and give it a "window check" if it's not up to scratch I'll give the dough some hand work. I've seen mentioned here somewhere not to tear the dough but this is exactly what I've been taught at TAFE and hence what I do which rapidly develops the gluten. I suppose there are many schools of thought on kneading :-)

TinnedI then let the dough sit again for 10 minutes to again relax the dough before shaping. I split the dough into the required weights and shape. For the lunch loaf I would usually punch down and roll a baguette shape, cut in half and put in the tin with pointy ends in the middle. But today I tried splitting the dough in half and putting 2 balls in, my loaf suffered as I didn't degas it before balling it (almost no oven spring).

For the baguettes I punched down the dough folded the sides in and then rolled it whilst maintaining tension. I slice the baguettes before prooving as doing so afterwards can be difficult.
Punch DownFoldRollFinished RollSlice
ProoverFor prooving I use a plastice storage container to which I add boiling water for steam. The rise takes about 30-60 minutes and may sometimes need more boiling water added to keep the heat up if the weather is cooler.

Ready To GoA spray of water and some seeds and into the oven at 220°C. I pour some water onto an oven tray on the bottom of the oven for steam. I turn the temperature down to 210°C and bake for approximately 25 minutes, a bit shorter for baguettes and rolls sometimes and usually a bit longer for loaves.

From todays effort I can say I rushed a bit and should have left the dough in the proover longer and the gluten was a little under developed. But not a bad result considering my mistakes and cheap flour and it still tasted good with some brie ;-)
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Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

February 15, 2006 - 6:34pm -- Paddyscake

Thought I'd share my favorite Banana Bread recipe.. I think it's the cream cheese
that makes it so good...We like the topping, but you can skip it
This makes 2-8"x4" loaves..I use metal pans, greased, with parchment paper on
the bottom and then flour the sides.
3/4 c butter, softened
1 (8oz) pkg Neufchatel cheese
2 c sugar
2 eggs
3 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c very ripe mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 c pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 t vanilla

Topping :
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 T flour
1 T melted butter

heymaryn's picture

I was reading and viewing a recipe for Popovers using a silicone pan. The Popovers were beautiful. Would you recommend these pans? And how about the silicone loaf pans, etc.?

Naga's picture

Can you get a long way? Who knows. At least, I've signed up here, and have my first loaf rising right about next to me. I probably don't have the right flour, as it's those especially for cookies and cakes. Plus, I have to figure out what 375 degrees on this site is. Is that in Fahrenheit? How much is that in Celsius? And how do I figure out what my oven can do? (I mean, it goes from 1-->8 but doesn't show °C). I wonder how the baker I go to would think about me if I turn up with it and ask "what went wrong!".

Too many questions and so little answers. Just because I saw Yakitate Japan and wanted to make bread like Azuma :p Well, I bet this bread making is just going to be a passing "fad", like I went through many. I suppose it all depends on how succesful this bread will be. Or it's successor. At least I'm learning stuff. Yesterday at the supermarket we went "Wow!" at the Echiré butter we found. High Quality Butter! I wonder if there are a lot of girlz/women that make bread.

Anyhow, signing off now, wish me luck!

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Artisan Crackers

December 16, 2005 - 6:01pm -- jongraphics

I am trying to find a recipe for crackers. I know what I want but evidently have not come up with the right word to describe them. I have tries several recipes but they were very much like soda crackers, not what I'm after. They were good, but.

I would like to produce a very thin, crispy cracker. I believe the process would be dough, rolled thin, baked and then broken into pieces for serving. I use steam injection in my bread making and not sure it would enhance the cracker recipe. Any ideas?

timtune's picture

Made a supposedly Dutch kinda breakfast cake last saturday. But internet's down for the last 2 days.

Groninger Koek? that's the name.. lol
It's made with rye flour, and it contains no eggs or fats. Very spicy smell.
Also, an excuse to meddle with my dad's new camera ;)

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After used to having bread for breakfast, i was deprived of my usual breakfast treat when my exams came and my last loaf finished recently.
This is what i have to do when i have lil time on my hands.
A loaf prepared in 15 minutes!!

Had to make a brown soda bread... too much Soda i think. Affected the taste..haha..or is it suppose to be like tht?..i dunno. The people in the place where i live only calls white fluffy, sweet - cake liked things as bread. They would term all my breads as alien... :P

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Cranberry-Orange Walnut Bread

November 8, 2005 - 8:30pm -- Floydm

cranberry nut bread

Fresh cranberries are plentiful this time of year.

I love this quick bread with cream cheese for breakfast.

Cranberry-Orange Walnut Bread Makes 2 large loaves or 6 small loaves or 18 muffins 4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour 2 cups sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cup orange juice 4 tablespoons butter or shortening 2 tablespoons grated orange peel 2 eggs, beaten 3 cups (1 12 ounce package) fresh cranberries 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


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