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swiggin

Burnt Bottoms

I was just wondering if anybody can offer some advice on my problem of burnt bottoms on the rolls I was trying to make. I am pretty sure that it was not due to the dough, as I was using two different types (sourdough and seeded sourdough), and both were burnt by the time it was the half way mark. Firstly, the set up was an electric oven with a pan on the bottom for steaming, and two baking sheets mid-level (pre-heated, this maybe the problem?), then slid the dough on the baking sheets lined with parchment. I was baking the dough at 400F (figuring about 20 min), the first 5 minutes with steam. Everything seemed to be going well, I had taken out the steam, then came back after another 7 minutes, to check if rotating them was necessary, and the bottoms were burning/burnt. I would appreciate any suggestions on what went wrong, and/or what to do next time. Thanks. 


Seth

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KenK

I don't preheat my baking sheets. I proof the rolls right on the parchement paper on the sheet pan.  I have really heavy gauge pans. No problems.


That temperature might also be a little too hot if your dough has butter, milk, eggs etc.

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swiggin

Thanks. When I did a test run of just a single rolls, as I hadn't made rolls yet, the bun came out fine (minus the fact of not using steam). Mind you it was at the beginning, when the pans probably weren't as hot. The only other variable between the test run and all the buns was using parchment paper. There is no dairy in the buns, but I may take it down to 375 next time.


Seth

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flournwater

Seth, I'd take it down to about 350 for dinner rolls on baking sheets.  You may get away with 375 on parchment paper but I doubt you'd have good results with the rolls on a metall sheet at 375. 

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nbicomputers

mine as well


first make sure that 400 in your oven is 400 some ovens can be off by 50 dergrees or more


then double pan use 1 sheet on top of the other so you would need 4 sheets in your case


last resort get two jelly roll pans and put the first right side up and the second up side down on top of the first making a large air space between the two pans. that should help.

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AlanTheBreadGuy

I never bake anything in my electric oven directly over the element; everything burns on the bottom when I do this. Instead, I place the roasting pan that came with the oven on the lower rack just above the element (which I also use as a steaming tray) and then place whatever I'm baking/roasting on the rack just above it.  Should work with good cookie sheets, too.  Hope this helps.

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swiggin

Thanks for the help and suggestions.


Seth