First Bread Since Joining The Forum
I recently retired(630-08). One of my hobbies was baking including bread baking. With all the distractions of married life and the job my hobby time was restricted. I like to home brew, garden, cook, read, woodworking, general physical fitness-walking, hiking etc. My time for baking was practically nil with all the other things taking their share of time. Now that I am retired I have been reading up recipes, techniques etc. for bread making. I purchased S.F. Sourdough Starter and 2 Italian starters from Sourdough International. I have both starters active. Although I have made French Bread before, I never shaped a Boule.
Here is my 1st attempt at Boule:
Notice the fine toothed serrated tomato knife to the right of the
bread. I had trouble getting a clean scoring action with knife for
Here is the crumb for this 1st Boule attempt:
Used a bread proofing basket for forming shape. like the small green basket from Pastry Chef Central: http://www.pastrychef.com/Proofing-Baskets_c_47-1-0.html
I wanted to try this bread shape again. Here is my 2nd attempt:
Notice better scoring. I used a different tomato knife with long large serrations and I cut less deep with a smoother action.
I think I am getting there. Thanks D.M. Snyder for the scoring tutorial. I didn't photograph the crumb this time, but is was similar to the first time. The texture and taste of bread was excellent(medium chewy.
I employed some things I learned from previous baking. I also used a technique suggested on the forum a few times previously.
For getting the bread onto a baking stone quickly I used a black teflon baking sheet that withstands high temperatures and can be used over and over. This sheet is several years old and has been used in the oven for various types of baking including bread. I used it on my Kamado which I use for all types of cooking, barbecuing and baking. To see go to:http://www.kamado.com/
An example of the teflon baking liner is at: http://www.jlryan.com/main/product.asp?prodcode=C4033PP
I placed the teflon sheet on a cookie sheet. Then I opened the oven and pulled the rack with the baking stone out so I could easily grab hold of the teflon sheet and pull it on the stone. Parchment paper might work as well, but is not as strong as teflon.
Here is my Boule baking on the aforementioned teflon baking sheet:
The picture doesn''t show my next tip. I place a 9X9 pan of
hot water at the bottom of my gas oven. For easy quick addition
of water I turn a corner of the pan to face as far forward as the
door will allow. This way when I preheat the stone and the hot
water at the start of the baking cycle I can slide the bread off a
cookie sheet onto baking stone, then push rack and stone back
into oven. Next I pour the water I have standing by into the
exposed corner of the very hot pan and quickly close the oven.
I derived the recipe using the recipe converter on the forum
site. It worked very well for me! Kudos to the converter"s
My next bread attempt was a sourdough. The recipe was found
at the following location: http://www.sourdoughhome.com/sfsd1.html
The photographs are as follows:
Notice the sort of flat top. The top was puffed up more, before
I glazed the top with egg white. ??. The dough started when it
filled the bread pan about half way up. What you see is after
15 hours of proofing per recipe instructions. I used activated
San Francisco Sourdough Starter from my master starter that I
mentioned I made earlier.
Next is the baked bread that had an internal temperature of
slightly over 200 º F. Here is the photograph of the baked
I haven't cut or tasted this bread yet but will comment later
when I cut and taste it.
My apologies for such a long entry. This is my first entry of recipe
descriptions and pictures since joining the forum. I really like this
bread forum for its very informative information pictures, techniques
and tools. This is a great way for us all to become better bakers.
I really like your editor on this site. It is very intuitive.