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txfarmer

"Advanced Bread and Pastry" question

Specifically the "Two Castle Rye" forumla in that book. It's a 37% rye bread(some in starter, some in main dough), with the other flour being half BF and half high extraction flour. There are also a whole lot of soaker(seeds+ coarse ww flour) in there. My question is about the yeast amount in the final dough: it's a whopping 1.2%, with a 50% levainin the final dough, seems too much? I still stuck to the formula and tried it last night, way overproofed. I already cut the bulk rise from 1.5 hrs at 80F to 1.5 hrs at 75F, divide and rest for 25 min, proofing from 1 hour at 80F to 40min at 75F, the dough was cracking on the surface before baking, and came out flat as expected. So is it a mistake in the yeast amount? Most of other similar formulas in the book has 0.1% to 0.5% yeast in the final dough. Or is it a mistake in the rise/proofing time? Or is it that I didn't develope the dough enough so it couldn't withstand that much yeast/fermentation?


 


I want to try again soon, would appreciate if anyone here who has tried this bread successfully share some insights.

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dmsnyder

Hi, txfarmer.


Well, the calculations are correct, so, if there's an error, at least it's consistent.


On the other hand, the actual amount of yeast used is pretty small - about 2 gms. 


If it were my choice, I would either try cutting the yeast in half - about 1/4 tsp - or, if my rye starter were really vigorous, I'd leave out the yeast entirely and expect a 2 to 2 1/2 hour bulk fermentation and a 60-90 minute proof (at 80ºF). (The times are a WAG.)


David

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txfarmer

It's originally 1/8oz, about 3.5g, comes out to be 1tsp+1/8tsp. I tried again last night, using only 1/8tsp of yeast (consistent with sourdough rye a few pages earlier), it came out well. Even with that much yeast reduction, the bulk rise was 1 hour and 45 minutes, divide and rest for 25min, and proof for only 50 minutes. I will post pictures later.