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Columbia Essential loaf, photo inspired by mountaindog

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pseudobaker

Columbia Essential loaf, photo inspired by mountaindog

After making the dough for the Columbia Essential sourdough loaf (in Maggie Glazer's Artisan Baking) on Sunday and fermenting it in the fridge overnight, I put it in the oven Monday morning and ended up with this:

 

I was inspired to take the picture on my deck by mountaindog (loved the picture of your Thom Leonard Country Loaf).  The slashes on this bread spread in an incredible way - I was really surprised, since by the end of the 2nd ferment, the dough didn't look particularly proofed.  The oven spring worked magic - the loaves easily doubled in height and the slashes did what they were supposed to.  The crumb has a nice look and taste, and the crust is fantastic - crispy, with lots of little bubbles just under the surface, but not hard, like my other sourdough loaves have turned out.  This recipe is definitely a keeper. 

 Instead of the diastalic malt syrup called for in the recipe, I used dehydrated malt (Spray Malt - my husband brews beer) and added enough water to make a syrupy consistency.  It seems to have worked fine.

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bwraith

Hi pseudobaker,

It looks like a nice photo, but the resolution is low, so I can't really see it very well. Any chance you could post it at a little higher resolution? I'm curious to see the crumb and the stripes more clearly.

Thanks, Bill

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pseudobaker

I'm trying to put my 1 MB photo in, if I can't get it to work, here's the link to the photo:

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2762208250064049407gvHNeW

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Floydm

Copy and paste the URL that is in the box down to the right that says "Post in a forum".

That makes the thumbnail show up. Clicking on it goes to the full-sized image over at webshots.

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pseudobaker

Thanks, Floyd - I just figured out that webshots has a way to post various sizes of your picture.  Previously, I was posting the smallest size - now it's at the 2nd largest size. 

 Now you can really see the crumb! (And the Japanese plum in bloom behind it...)

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bwraith

Pseudobaker,

Thanks, it looks great.

Bill

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mountaindog

That's quite a beautiful Columbia loaf...great looking dark crust and nice big holes in the crumb...I think the bread photos often come out nicer outside in natural light, the colors are more true and the texture shows up better. I'm jealous of your beautiful blooming Japanese plum, you must be out on the west coast somewhere - I won't see anything bloom here for another 2 months!

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pseudobaker

Yup, west coast of B.C.