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Now what do I do?

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sadears

Now what do I do?

My rye bread seemed to be doing okay.  Then...I preheated my oven at 500F.  I made the mistake of trying to multitask...making dinner at the same time.  I put the loaves in the oven, forgetting to turn it down.  The outside is realllllly dark, not quite burned.  Neither one registered 200F.  I turned off the oven and left them in there.  They register 190F.  Now what?  I fear the answer is nothing.  They started out so well. 

 

Steph

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PwrLoon

Steph,

Don't feel bad. I think every one of us has done this at least once. When this happens I slice the bread as normal and cut the burnt crust off. If the bread seems underdone I just toast the slices before eating or making sandwiches... Or use them for grilled sandwiches.

BTW: My favorite "grilled cheese sandwich" is thinly sliced granny smith apples, chopped walnuts and blue cheese on sourdough.

Hope this helps,
Tim

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sadears

Tim,

 

Thanks.  I haven't cut them open yet.  They may be just fine.  If they're not too bad, I'll do what you suggest.  Would have done it any, as it's what I do normally.  Hell, I never checked the temp until I found this website. 

 

Where'd you get that sandwich recipe....one night when you had the munchies?  ;-D  But then,  fruit and cheese is always good.  Come to think of it, I think my sister had a similar sandwich at a restaurant recently.  Don't know what kind of cheese if any there was, but I remember apples and walnuts.

 

Steph

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jm_chng

Hi Steph,the best answer is do what I do. Next time just put the loaves in the oven cold, then switch it on to 400 - 425. Simple. you don't have to turn the oven down then. This works so well. If you want to preheat that's up to you but again do it to 400 - 425.
Jim

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sadears

Jim,

 

You know, I never preheated before, as S. John wrote to just put it in the over without preheating.  But, so many folks here have discussed preheating the stone.  Personally, my results were much better not preheating.  Thanks.

 

Steph