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jahocswim

Bread Crust

My bread was a little dense and the crust was soft not crispy.  I think it was too wet.  Any suggestions?

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longhorn's picture
longhorn

Post pictures so we can see the crust and crumb. What was the temperature of the center of the loaf? What kind of bread? I can make crisp bread at 85% hydration. It isn't the wetness of the dough. The bread is underbaked and possibly at too low a temperature but...without pictures all we can do is guess.


 

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teketeke

May be... you might need let the bread dough rise at warmer tempareture? 


Note: First proof- Around 28℃ or 82F  ( It is the best tempareture for regular bread)


        Second proof- Around 38℃ or 100F ( It is the best tempareture for regular bread to rise well for baking ) I usually place the sandwich bread dough at 36℃ or 97F around.


Note: That is when you use Active dry yeast. It will be lower temerature around 74F if you use wild starter or so. : I got this information from a folk here. Thank you!


 It will change if you are talking about baguettes.


 How was your dough before baking ?  It was not puffy?  If it was dense, It would probably need to rise more. 


I hope that will help you or give you some ideas.


Happy baking,


Akiko


 

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jahocswim

Thanks for the help.  I was asking about  Artisan bread in 5 minutes.  The master loaf white bread.  The bread looked and tasted great, but it did not have a chrispy crust and it was dense.


I baked it at 450 for 30 min on a pizza stone that preheated for 30 min. and I added water to the oven to creat steam.


I will check my flour to water ratio next time, and will let it rise at room temp for a little longer.-- I will also be sure to take pictures before eating.

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teketeke

I looked up "The master loaf white bread" and I found this recipe. click below:


http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=1616


That is very interesting and looks great.    I hope you will have a nice bread next time!


Akiko

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LindyD

Welcome to TFL, Jahocswim, 


As Longhorn noted, you really need to give us more information about what  you are trying to bake.


Is it a panned bread?  Yeasted?  Sourdough?  What type of flour are  you using?


Are you scaling your ingredients?  Do you use a baking stone?  Steam?


Probably more questions than you want to answer, but all relevant.


 

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jahocswim

Thanks for the help.  I was asking about  Artisan bread in 5 minutes.  The master loaf white bread.  The bread looked and tasted great, but it did not have a chrispy crust and it was dense.


I baked it at 450 for 30 min on a pizza stone that preheated for 30 min. and I added water to the oven to creat steam.


I will check my flour to water ratio next time, and will let it rise at room temp for a little longer.-- I will also be sure to take pictures before eating.