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barryvabeach

Gamma Seals

Just a heads up I learned from a post on a pizza making forum -  Home Depot is carrying gamma seal lids.  Those are the lids that go on buckets to keep them air tight, and easy to open and close  http://www.handypantry.com/Gamma-Seal-Bucket-Lids?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=Base&gclid=CL-Ylv_NgbgCFYOd4AodGkgAhQ

 

The main benefits of buying at Home Depot is that you can avoid the shipping charges, and support a brick and mortar store.  The lids are pretty hard to find. They are in the paint department with buckets ( the buckets are probably not food safe, so I would get them elsewhere) and at my store, they were in a cardboard box with no label, and they were black so I did not recognize them at first.  Once you pick it up, the underside has the same label as the ones I bought online - saying they are good for pet food storage, etc.  .  There was no color selection at HD, just black.   Here is the HD page that lets you check your local store to see if they have it in inventory http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leaktite-5-Gal-Screw-Top-Lid-5GAMMA6/203205720#.UcrQODusjTo

  I am net entirely sure they are food safe.  I see a number of websites that say Gammaseals are food safe. The label on the inside of the lid says safe for pet food storage,  and if you go to the gamma2 website, it is for pet items, and it lists the gamma seal http://www.gamma2.net/    Other sites say that gamma seal lids are food safe and bpa free - https://www.1starmy.com/p-food-grade-5-gallon-bucket-w-gamma-seal-lid-82470  though I don't know if gamma makes both food safe and non food safe lids, this site which says it is food safe, says it can also be used for pet food storage, so color me confused

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Tedmonkey

Raspberry, white chocolate and chaia seed sourdough

Is being enjoyed at the cafe this week.

 

Catherine

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Syd-a

Bulking up my starter

Hi Everyone.

New user and baker of bread too. Have actually never done it before, but hoping to get some experience quickly.

Sourdough. I have made myself a wonderful rye starter that looks and smells great. I want to make my first dough and despite reading A LOT about making a starter, I am a little unaware of the best way of bulking up my little fella for that first dough. 

I have a 100% hydration (I think, 60g starter, 30g water, 30g flour feeding regime). I need up to and beyond of 500g of starter for some recipies I have seen. My understanding is that in 2 feeding sessions before I plan to use it, I need to bulk it up with extra flour and water to get enough starter for the recipie. Is it that basic? No discard and just equal water/flour to get what I need? 

My impression is that there are massive amounts of detailed instructions in making the starter, but actually bulking it up for actual use is not quite as clear. Any tips, guidelines air recommendations would be very welcome and I hope that late Friday (my planned bake day) I can post my first loaf.

Thanks a lot

Andy

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greedybread

Rosewater, Cardamom and fruit Challah...

Rosewater, Cardamom & Fruit Challah…Posted on June 26, 2013 

Gorgeous!!

5 braided Challah

5 braided Challah

P1090663

half poppy seed half fruity

Sliced....mmmmmmm

Sliced….mmmmmmm

3 braided...fruity

3 braided…fruity

I am still eating this bread and I made it on Sunday!!

Nice, moist but not too rich….

A  little bit of effort required but well worth it.

Plus there is so many variations on the challah breads, you could make them for ever!!

What will you need?

6 cups of flour

4 tsp dried yeast

1 cup of warm water

1 cup of castor sugar

twist of salt

4 eggs plus 1 yolk

1/2 cup of olive oil

1 egg for glazing:)

2 cups of mixed fruit (I used cranberries, sultanas and raisins)

3 tsp cardamom

4 Tbsp of Rosewater .

the dough resting...

the dough resting…

ready to shape ...

ready to shape …

dough ready to be shaped...

dough ready to be shaped…

ready to be rolled...

ready to be rolled…

What do you need to do???

Warm water, add in a tsp of the sugar with the dried yeast and mix well.

Add in 2 cups of flour and mix until resembling a smooth paste.

Cover and allow to stand for 40 minutes until soupy and frothy.

Whisk the eggs, oil, and extra yolk together with the sugar in a separate bowl.

Place all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cardamom) into a bowl and combine well.

Add the eggy mix to the spongey yeast mix and combine well.

Add wet mix to the dry ingredients forming a dough.

Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes, adding in lightly dusted with flour fruit in the last few minutes.

Place dough in a well oiled bowl and cover, allowing to rest for 90 minutes.

rolled and resting

rolled and resting

3 braid...

3 braid…

5 braided ...

5 braided …

glazed and ready to bake...

glazed and ready to bake…

half and half...

half and half…

)

Peeking half way baked:)

Turn rested challah out onto a lightly floured board.

Punch down and knead for 1-2 minutes and shape into a ball.

Cut into the pieces you want.

I made 2 loaves,  1 x 3 braid and 1 x 5 braid (so 8 pieces).

You can do 1 loaf or 3 loaves ….up to you.

Have a play and maybe do 1 this time and 3 next?

Experimenting with flavours too.

To make this plain, do not add in the rosewater, pistachio and cardamom.

MMMMMM cooling...

MMMMMM cooling…

5 braid cooling...

5 braid cooling…

fruity....

fruity….

Roll your pieces into balls (as shown above) and cover with a tea towel and rest for 30 minutes.

This will relax the gluten and make it easier to work with:)

Roll each ball out into a long sausage or baton.

Join braids together at the top of the top and plait (if doing a 3 braid), or use an under over formula.

I will post a braiding video that Alex and I did in the weekend.

Secure the ends of the braid and transfer loaf to tray with baking paper and cover with damp tea towel.

Allow loaves to sit for 60 minutes.

Brush with beaten egg and a little milk…wait 2 minutes and repeat.

Add on poppy seeds or sesame seeds at this point if you are using.

Pop into the oven and bake for about 35-45 minutes depending on your oven.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire racks.

Leave for at an hour before slicing.

When ready, slice a piece or pull off a piece …

 ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY.

lovely...

lovely…

have a slice...

have a slice…

The grand finale...

The grand finale…

Yummm!!

Want more?

Have you tried these bready delights???

Gubana?  The Festival bread of Friuli Venezia

Pandoro?  The festival bread of the Veneto.

 I would sell my children for this!!

or Lovely Flat breads?

Scoop up that yummy winter stew!!

M mmm ready

mmm Gubana

Gorgeousness adapted from the ever wonderful recipes in ” Inside the Jewish Bakery” by Stanley Ginsberg & Norman Berg…

Check it out…Wonderful..

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dabrownman

Yeast Water, Tang Zhong Hot Dog Buns

After our last crack at buns that was a ADY poolish / YW version found here:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/33585/yw-poolish-hot-dog-buns

we decided to try a YW version only that also included a Tang Zhong portion of flour with the intent of further softening the crumb.

 

We also made some other changes by upping the hydration from 65% to 78% which was probably a little….eeeeerrrr…..a lot too much with the tang zhong and we got rid of the dry add ins; VWG, Toadies, white malt and the honey.  We made them smaller in length this time; 4 at 102 g each and the 2 longer ones were 131 g

 

The result was a bun that spread rather than springing like the last batch.  For some reason it didn’t color up as well even though it was egg washed and baked exactly the same as last time.  I’m guessing they won’t taste as good either since there were no toadies present but we shall see when we eat them for dinner

 

 Don’t forget to brush the buns with milk when they come out of the oven to keep them soft. We have Hot Italian sausage that require a larger bun length, white Brats, Boudin, and smoked sausage on tap for the filling with the usual Chicago pickled red onion, poblano and jalapeno peppers and home made Dijon mustard.

 

The crumb turned out as we expected.  No mustard will fall through it.  It took 20 minutes of slap and folds to get this dough to come together so… high hydration does not mean big holes every time.   We only fermented the dough for 45 minutes on the counter after 3 sets of S& F’s.  It also final proofed for 2 hours which probably wasn’t enough but…. we needed buns for dinner.

 The crumb came out like we thought it would, not so open the mustard would fall through.  Soft and moist and after the meat and the buns were grilled we plastic wrapped the meat in the buns so they could be steamed soft from the hot meat,  Delicious!  The pickled onion, poblano and jalapeno was the perfect topper.  We liked these buns and they turned out better than we thought they would.

Formula

 

Build 1

Build 2

 Build 3

Total

%

Yeast Water

50

50

10

110

31.43%

Semolina

25

25

0

50

14.29%

AP

25

25

30

80

22.86%

Total

100

100

40

240

68.57%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeast Water Levain

 

%

 

 

 

Flour

130

37.14%

 

 

 

Water

110

31.43%

 

 

 

Hydration

84.62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levain % of Total

35.14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dough Flour

 

%

 

 

 

Semolina

54

15.43%

 

 

 

AP

166

47.43%

 

 

 

Dough Flour

220

62.86%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt

8

2.29%

 

 

 

Milk

125

35.71%

 

 

 

Dough Hydration

56.82%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Flour

350

100.00%

 

 

 

Water

235

 

 

 

 

T. Dough Hydration

67.14%

 

 

 

 

Whole Grain %

0.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydration w/ Adds

78.71%

 

 

 

 

Total Weight

683

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Whole Grains

0.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add - Ins

 

%

 

 

 

Egg

30

8.57%

 

 

 

Butter

30

8.57%

 

 

 

Cream Cheese

30

8.57%

 

 

 

Total

90

25.71%

 

 

 

 

20 g of dough flour was used for the Tang Zhong but 80 g of water was not included in the hydration calculations.

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bruneski

Cornstarch

In bread making, what uses/aims/purposes the addition of a little cornstarch to the dough could have?

I`ve found (and already read) the following post: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/14451/cornstarch-bread.

But the focus there was slightly different.

Would there be anything more to be said about the subject?

Thanks. Bruneski.

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evonlim

Cherry and Strawberry..

Cherry YW Sprouted winter wheat SD with roasted balsamic strawberries, Japanese toasted sesame seeds , purple carrot and black mission fig :)

exchanged a loaf of my sourdough bread with the organic shop for a bunch of organic cherries ( which were considered not in good condition) i tot i could cut them up and make cherry YW. it turned out very bubbly :) this cherry thing had been stuck on my head for sometime since Ian's beautiful very very cherry bread post. 

i want to impart more red into the dough.. had some strawberries in the fridge. i did a balsamic strawberry jam before for my very bitter (80% cocoa) chocolate layered cake sometime ago. why not.. cut up the strawberries sprinkled some sugar and 2 tblsp of aged balsamic, popped it into my mini oven for 10mins at 150C. came out nice, gooey and caramelized. scraped into my mini moulinex blender gave it a few pause. tasted yummy. 

and all that went into the dough plus a small grated purple carrot, a cup of toasted sesame seeds ..(after autolysed)

added soaked figs with amaretto when i did my shaping. 

this is the sprouted SD bread formula that i tweak it a little http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/33618/sprouted-rye-sourdough-toasted-flax-seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

.. it was a very cheerie cherry bake, thanks Ian :)

evon 

 

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dzolotas

A recipe tool with Nutrient data from USDA database

I'm seeking brave enough people to try a new recipe tool I've made.

It's a recipe editor that supports multiple stages, scaling, servings and the most important (I believe) nutrition data analysis based on USDA's NDB research. It allows the user to create a nutrient data report by selecting freely from a list of nutrients. I have included a recipe sample for testing only, I never made this bread actualy! Please understand that this is not fully debuged yet, so some errors may appear that I would like to know and fix them.

 

Requires Excel 2003 and up, and the use of macros must be enabled. The code included is large enough to do all this stuff. I don't know If you can trust me, but there is no malware code inside. I hate it. 

A database file is needed that can be downloaded from here :

http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=22771

A readme file is included that explains how to do it.

Mail me for a copy on : dzolotas@gmail.com

And the tool is freeware as always. Happy baking to all !!!

 

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bruneski

Biga-based, 30-min-autolysed, 7-hour-bulk-retarded, ...

... bread-machine-assisted, grain-loaded, 41%-rye (by weight), 80%-hydration (by weight) Swedish rye bread!

 

Wholesome, beautiful, aromatic, moist, chewy ... scrumptious bread!

Made with just 1.5 g active dry yeast (0.5 g for the biga and 1.0 g for the final dough).

This recipe was the result of some tweaking I applied to an originally 100%-for-bread-machine Swedish rye bread recipe found at www.kitchenparade.com. The original recipe had already been made twice, using only the bread machine, and had resulted in excellent loaves of bread.

But this new recipe ...

 

Thank you all, especially Floydm, hanseata, mebake, Juergen, dabrownman, and barryvabeach, for all the info, advice, tips, ... Understanding the alternatives, the phases and the processes makes all the difference!

Take care. Bruneski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ghazi

Enriched Bread

Hello all

I have been trying to make a good sandwhich loaf which in turn i can make hot dog and burger buns out of the same batch of dough. Everytime i make it i use more whole wheat flour than white. Its all purpose im using no strong flour included.

By the second day the bread is very crumbly and does not hold its shape, can anybody give me some advice please?

 

Thanks

Ghazi

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