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Coffee Filter - No knead Lahey recip

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jkmanosque

Coffee Filter - No knead Lahey recip

I read on the "Real Baking with Rose" website that she used a coffee filter for the final proofing stage of the No Knead Lahey Bread Recipe.  Has anyone tried this with good results?  Can the filter withstand the oven heat? does the use of the filter create high caffeine levels in the bread (ha ha).


Any feedback would be appreciated - I'll give it a try over the weekend.

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mrfrost

The final proof is the rising period "before" the loaf goes into the oven for baking. If the coffee filter was used as a sort of "couche" or "banneton", it is removed before baking.


Lahey's original formula called for final proofing in a flour lined towel. This has since evolved into various materials/items of whatever one can improvise to use. Rarely is the final "couche" placed in the pot and oven. Of course, a major exception to this is when parchment paper is used. Parchment is quite often placed into the pot and/or oven.

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Chuck

I checked the blog entry on RLB's website, and her description (and photos) show she does mean to use the coffee filter to get the risen bread into the pot then the whole thing into the oven. Apparently she prefers a coffee filter to a piece of parchment because it doesn't fold up all in one place and wreck the appearance of the sides of the loaf.


I have no personal experience with this, and I would have expected it to not work:-) But a couple of the photos show coffee filters surrounding a freshly baked loaf (so they must have been in the oven), without so much as a hint of browning (let alone a serious scorch mark). They make it clear coffee filters in the oven have most definitely worked for her.


My personal suggestion would be to go back to RLB's blog and ask exactly what the coffee filter package said; I suspect you have to have the right kind, that just any old coffee filter would not work. (Also note these are specifically for an "urn", i.e. a very large pot that you might have seen in a social hall but certainly don't have at home. These filters are huge; a typical home coffee filter would definitely not work.)

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mrfrost

OP(and you) are correct. Guess I should have checked first.


These are 14" coffee urn filters in which the loaf is indeed partially baked. Looks like the filter is then removed to complete the bake. In the comments, she says this may seem involved but ultimately, is less messy.

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jkmanosque

good point chuck, the filter she used is an urn filter - it may be a little more difficult to find. 


jk.