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The amazing baguette

Updated: 3/31/2011 

 

 Aki san no Baguette
I want to introduce one of amazing Japanese home bakers Aki who makes great baguettes that I have been trying get the crumb like hers.  I really thank Aki who let me post her great baguettes here. Here is  her blog and baguette's formulas.   And, Please leave a comment for her if you think that her baguettes are great. She will be happy to hear it from you, guys. :)

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rinrinmaman01/e/359d5570d2dd2fb57929b74e58ed3153 

  Aki's strawberry yeast baguette:
Ingredients:  (straight method) Lenth about 40cm

  •  Flour  100% -( About125-150g for 1 baguette)( she uses flour for French bread like Lys Dor, Maison Kayser Traditional and so on. )
  • Water + Strawberry yeast water (10%)= 70-75%
  • Salt  less 2%

Method:   1. Mixing the ingredients. DDT: About 23℃ ( I mix the ingredients except the salt and  take autolyze for 30 minutes then I add the salt in it. I am not sure how she does)   

2.Bulk fermentation: Punch down every 20 minutes for 2 times at 23℃   

3.  Rest for 4 hours at 23℃  

4. Transfer the dough at 15℃ , and rest for 16-18 hours. * She put the dough in a refrigerator to keep the dough temperature down. If she keeps the dough at 15℃, the dough will be ready in 12 hours.  

5.  Divide  

6. Bench time  ( It is vary depends on the room temperature and the wild yeast's strenth that you use)

 7. Proof  at 23℃ ( It is also vary depends on the room temperature and the wild yeast's strenth that you use.)

8 Bake at 230℃ for about 20 minutes ( She uses steam)

* She also uses instant dry yeast ( She has used SAF blue instant yeast ): About 0.04% instant yeast as to 100% flour

* She degas the dough very well before shaping

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I have tried her baguettes about 10 times so far. Although I am not successful yet.  I hope that I am able to get close to her baguettes soon. 

This is the one that is my best one so far.    I made 2 baguttes.

KA Ap 180g / Rasin yeast water 36g/ Water  100g  ( 16℃)/ Salt 3g

I bent the dough when I transfered it into the oven.   You can see the black spots in the crumb because I used alcoholic raisin from the raisin yeast water.  Aki doesn't use them.    I just punched it down once before I put the dough in the place at 14℃。 And I divided it in two after 24 hours ( yes, it took for a long time until the dough was doubled that was actually tripled! I realized it after I found Juergen's exprement http://tfl.thefreshloaf.com/node/22228/test-tube-baking-2-bulk-fermentation-doubling-size  Thank you, Juergen) Then   I did a letter fold then took a bench time for 30 minutes, and I hit the dough onto the work bench twice and  I did fold 1/3 from the bottome line, then I pinched the top and bottom sides and closed the seam very well, and I took 30 minutes for proof. Preheat 470F for 1 hour, using Syvia's steaming method and bake it at 470F for 7 minutes with the steam, and take the steaming towels and pan after that, decreased down to 450F  and bake more 3 more minutes, then I took the baking sheets out of the baguettes then baked 10 more minutes at 450F. Shut off the oven then left them in the oven for 5 more minutes.  

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Next :  This hydration is75.8% 

KA AP 120g  / Raisin yeast water (20%)+ water = 91g / Salt 2g 

I waited the dough until doubled.  It came out denser than the above.  I degased fliping the dough twice.

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In the same time, I have made my baguettes (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/19118 ) for updating.  I updated it in Japanese version here: http://cookpad.com/recipe/1168515

 

2 baguettes:

Poolish 

 KA AP  125g  / Water  DDT 20℃  93g / Active dry yeast 1~2g

Final dough

KA Ap  125g  / Water DDT 23℃ 93g / Active dry yeast 1~2g

Salt  3.8g

Method:

 1. Poolish (  Let it ferment until doubled)  I preferment the yeast and the water for 15 -20 minutes before mixing all the ingredients.

2. Adding the yeast and water into the poolish-- Rest  for 20 minutes --- Add the flour and salt

3. Knead for a few minutes --2 times  Strech and fold  every 20-30 minutes   

4. Bulk fermentation    at 25℃。

5. Continue to rest until 1.5 times in bulk at 25℃

6.Move the dough in the place at 14℃and rest until 2-2.5  times volume

7. Divide  in two:   1) A letter fold       or   2) Degas: hitting the dough on the work surface 2.3 times and make a rectangle shape.

8. Bench time   30 minutes at about 23℃.

9. Shape :  1)Degas like the above (2)-- 1/3 fold from the bottom.- Pinch the both side and close the seam very well.  or

                 2) 1/3 fold from the bottom, if you can fold it again toward to the middle.--- Pinch the both side and close the seam very well.

10. Proof  25 - 30 minutes  at 23℃

11.Bake :  Preheat 470F for 1 hour :  Bake at 470F with steam ( Sylvia's steaming method) for 7 minutes --- Take the steaming out-- decrease down to 450F and bake 3 more minutes - Take the parchment paper out --- bake more 10 minutes ---  Shut off the oven and leave it in the oven for 5 minutes.

I am testing about degassing a lot or not :

These are that I didn't degas a lot, just little.  Left: (2) version     Right(1) version   I took 30 minutes for proof.  The taste was awesome.

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Today:  I did degas a lot

 

But I took almost 1 hour for proof..  Left:Shorter one - (1) version / Right: Longer one - (2) version.  These reminds me of Juergen's experiment:   http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22065/test-tube-baking-1-continued-white-french-bread-overproof    Yes, they are over proofed.. I also thank Eric who examine an excellent job on Juergen's post.  They didn't taste good because of the over proofed.  The bad thing was that I had to drag when I scored because the dough was really soft.

Now, I am going to test that the one is little degas and the other is degas a lot..   

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2/20/2011  I couldn't bake my 2 baguettes to compare the test above.  But I baked Aki's baguette in the morning.

Here is the result:

 Aki san no baguette 2/20/2011

Ingredients:   

KA AP  120g   

Raisin yeast water 18g  ( 20%)   

Water   71g( 16℃)   

Salt 2g

2/18  6:30 am - Mix all the ingredients except the salt.-- Autolyze --         

        7:05 am- Added the salt--- mixing for 10 seconds by FP         

       8:00 am--  S&F   ( 23℃) -- I forgot to do it in 30 minutes---     

       8:30  am -- S&F  ( 23℃)         

      Rest----  23℃
      

    1:00pm -- Moved the dough in the basement  at 14℃.  

2/20  6:00am  3 folds ( a letter fold) -- bench time (The dough rose 2.5 times in bulk. )         

        7:05 am  Shape    Degas a lot ( Flipped over the dough twice and slapped the dough many times) and  fold 1/3 from the bottom and pinch the both sides then close the seam very well.-- proof---       

        7:50  Bake
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Now I am thinking:   

1. dough temp should be warmer before shaping to get the airy crumb or wait until the dough tripled.   

2. Degas a lot or less

3.  How to score it straightly without dragging. -------------- I used to put some shortening on the lame  before scoring. I better try it again to see how it works.

 

 

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Degas test:

  After I wrote that I didn't bake the other my baguettes to compare the test of degassing, I changed my mind, then I started to bake them to test.  Here is the result:

   Poolish:     

 KAAP  125 g     

 Water  (16℃)      100g   (  I recommend to use less water around 94g water ) Now, I am testing to use 68% hydartion  3/2/2011  Because I want  firm strong gluten in the dough as same as Aki's baguette. 68% hydaration is the same firmness as 74-75% high hydration baguettes with natural yeast in my opinion.

  Active dry yeast  1/32 tsp     (  I took 19 hours to ferment)

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Final dough:  

 KAAP    70g  /  Pillsbury ( all flour ran out except this) 55g   

Water (16℃)   100g   (  I recommend to use less water  around 94g maximum) 

 Active dry yeast  0.1g

Salt    3.8g
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 1. 2/19  Punch down every 30 minutes.  

2. Rest  :  1+2 =3 hours in total..( It was too short) at 23℃  

3.  Rest  at 14-15℃  

4. 2/22   Divide (  The actual dough weight was 408g   I divided it 204g each. The dough rose doubled.  

5. Bench 30 minutes  6. Shape and Proof for 30 minutes at 22℃

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Left: Degas a lot : Flipping over twice and slapped the dough a lot. 

Right  Gentle degas : Just little pat to make a rectangle to shape.

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Today 2/21/2011

  

Left : Version 1 (started from a letter fold) with gentle degas 

 Right Version 2 (Started to make a rectangle shape to flatten) with gentle degas.     *  My lame was without the chop stick. I was holding it by my left hand. I didn't put shortening on it.

The actual weight was 425g  I divided it 212.5g each.  Yesterday, it was lighter because I used the other flour or today's dough took 2 days to ferment ??  I don't know...

 

These are on the left one.   I cut it when it was still hot.  My husband and my dogs were eating it when I saw them.

So, I cut the other one when it was still warm. My son and daguther wanted to eat, too.

Hmmmmm.... I will practice more... 

Thank you for reading, everybody!

 

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Updating 3/1/2011

I got a book that AKi learned how to make the amazing baguettes from yesterday.  I can't tell everything of the method unfortunetely.

Here is the book.

 http://www.amazon.co.jp/Coupe-Junkies%E3%81%AE%E3%83%91%E3%83%B3-%E3%83%90%E3%82%B2%E3%83%83%E3%83%88%E3%83%BB%E3%82%AB%E3%83%B3%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC%E3%83%8B%E3%83%A5%E3%83%BB%E5%B1%B1%E9%A3%9F-%EF%BD%9E%E3%83%93%E3%83%93%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3-%E3%81%9D%E3%82%89%E3%83%9E%E3%83%9E%E3%80%82%E3%81%AE%E5%BD%A2%E3%81%8B%E3%82%89%E5%85%A5%E3%82%8B%E3%83%91%E3%83%B3%E3%81%A5%E3%81%8F%E3%82%8A%EF%BD%9E/dp/4839935726

As Eric mentioned, You can degas firmly that is the key.   Flatten the dough - 3 folds -bench 30 minutes- shape - proof 30 minutes or so.- bake 

Luckly, You are able to see how to shape the dough on the sample of the book!!

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Coupe-Junkies%E3%81%AE%E3%83%91%E3%83%B3-%E3%83%90%E3%82%B2%E3%83%83%E3%83%88%E3%83%BB%E3%82%AB%E3%83%B3%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC%E3%83%8B%E3%83%A5%E3%83%BB%E5%B1%B1%E9%A3%9F-%EF%BD%9E%E3%83%93%E3%83%93%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3-%E3%81%9D%E3%82%89%E3%83%9E%E3%83%9E%E3%80%82%E3%81%AE%E5%BD%A2%E3%81%8B%E3%82%89%E5%85%A5%E3%82%8B%E3%83%91%E3%83%B3%E3%81%A5%E3%81%8F%E3%82%8A%EF%BD%9E/dp/4839935726

Completely flatten the dough!

I used

260g KAAP

52g Raisin yeast water ( from refrigerator)

143g Water 16℃

4g Salt  (  1.5-1.8% as to 100% four... As you like)

  Mix except salt -- Autolize 30 mintues--- Fold interval 30 minutes x 2 times---- 5 hours buk fermentation  at 75F until the dough rose 1.5times

-------Move the dough in a colder place around 13-14℃ for over night (12 hours)--- divide-- preshape--bench 30 minutes -- shape -- proof 30 minutes-- bake

 on the left crumb : I prooved at 21℃ without any dump towels. Right crumb: At 21℃ with dump towels

 I prooved at 26℃ with dump towels.    I still test about this. But I think "With dump towel" make thin and crispy crust? 

It have more big holes when I proof it at colder place? I don't know.. I just keep testing..

About taste: That is absolutely amazing.

 

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Updated 3/2/2011

I made 68% hydration of my poolish baguette today.

Poolish

  • KA AP  70g
  • Water 48g ( 16℃)
  • Active dry yeast  0.07g

Final dough

  • KA AP 70g
  • Water 48g ( 16℃)
  • Active dry yeast 0.07g
  • Salt  ( I always use kosher sea salt)  2.3g (  I used 1.6% salt as to 100 % flour this time)

Method:

1. Mix the poolish ingredients ( DDT was 65F /18.3℃) Fermented at 76F/24.4℃ for about 15 hours.

2. Mix all the ingredients. After mixing ( folding?) for a few minutes with a dough cutter, The dough temperature (DT )was 65F/ 18.3℃

3. After 20 minutes: 1st S & F ( folding several times with a dough cutter)  DT was 68F/20℃    The room temperature was 76F/24.4℃- I used a light to warm it up

4. After 20 minutes : 2nd  S&F  ( folding several times with a dough cutter) DT was 65F/18.3℃  The room temperature was 76F/24.4℃ ( I don't know why the DT went down.)

5.Bulk fermentation:  2.5 hours at 78.8F/26℃ until doubled  ( If you want  light and softer crumb, you better let it rise at 82F/28℃, the time will be shorten) DT was 70F/21℃ when it is doubled.

6.Put the dough in a refrigerator ( the temperature was 6℃)for 5 hours.   DT was 48F/8.8℃ when I took it out of the refrigerator.

7.Preshape:  Degassed and made a letter fold. I waited until the dough temp got to 50F/10℃  just a couple minutes or so.( I have been successful when the dough temperature was 50F/10℃)

8.Shape folding  1/3 fold from the top side, lift the other side to cover that I already feld. Pinched very well.  DT was 65F/18.3℃ when I was about to shape.

9.Proof : 30 minutes at 70F/21℃.  I put the dough in a gabage bag to avoid to get dry.

10.Bake : Preheat 470F/243.3℃ for 1 hour ( I can't use maximum temperature. If you can, you better use maximum temperature for better result)

              Bake  7 minutes with steam (I used Sylvia's steaming method) at 470F/243.3℃-----> Take the steaming tool out and decreased down to 450F/232.2℃, bake 3 more minutes--

------------->Take the parchment paper and bake 10 more minutes-------> Shut off the oven left it in the oven for 3 minutes.

I am so glad that I had a lot of holes in the crumb, however, I am not a big fan of thick crust and too chewy texture.  I should have let it rise at higher temperature until 1.5 times in bulk, then let it rest at 50-57.2F/10-14℃ for overnight, Or I better use more water in the dough around 70-74% hydration.   I like the taste but it was sweet less than I usually get.   Now, I realize that I don't want to let the dough rest below 50F/10℃ anymore。I tested it before...

3/3/2011  Next day:  The crust and crumb are much better. The top's crumb is better texture than the bottom. The bottom's crumb was little wetter when I chewed it. I will make 68% hydration again, next time I will frement the dough at 28-30℃ around and let it rest at 10℃ for overnight or less.

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3/13/2011

I changed a little bit of Aki's method, but I finally could manage 10% raisin yeast baguette.

Ingredients:

 KA AP 130g

Rasin yeast water 14g

Water 76g  ( DDT 69F  /20.5℃)

Salt  2.1g

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Method: ( I always set up at 6pm around so I can bake at 6am next morning)

1.  I mixed all the ingredients except the salt for a minute, then add the salt, mix it again for a few minutes with my hands  (Dough temperature(DT) 69F)

2.  S&F x2  every 30 minutes   ( I did in the air with my hands) ( DT was 70F both after the S&F)--Rest at  roomtemperature was 26-28℃ /78.8F-82F  for 4.5 hours until the dough is little flat and the surface is slightly bumpy.

 

3.I moved the dough at room temperature around 18-19℃ for about 8 hours

4. The dough in the morning:  I saw a lot of bubbles on the bottom. ( DT62.5F/16.9℃)

5. I put the dough on the floured wood board very gently. The bottom is face now. 

   Strech the dough X way to make a rectangle around 35cm x11cm is better ( I streched too much this time I did 41cmx11cm)

6.Using a ruler, make a fold like the picture. Pat the dough gently and

 Put tightly squeezed dump kitchen towels on the dough and take a bench time for 15-20 minutes ( I took 15 minutes )

7. After the bench time,

8. Using your finger tips, pat the dough gently... ( I feel like that I can shape the air in the crumb at this time) 

9. Puch the edge little harder and  Pat the rest of the dough with your finger tips again.  ( If I didn't do this process, the crumb was tight... I think that both sides dough need some space to have airy crumb when you roll. )

10. Brush off the excess flour and roll and pinch the seam very well.( This picture is a different one. I just want  show you how I pinch the dough)

11. Proof :  I pust a tightly squeezed dump kitchen towels on the linen, then I put it on the top of the refregerator for 35-40 minutes at 70-71F /21-21.7℃

12 Prepare the steaming towels ( Sylvia's steaming method), Scroing, then bake.

  I practice to score baguettes a lot using playdough playing with my daughter because I am not good at it. I used to drag so much.. A couple of my Cookpad friends gave me g reat advices. I am still afraid of it....

1. Score the right angle on wet dough.. ( 80-90 degrees)

 2. Slice the dough the same speed and depth  ( This is difficult for me... because my scoring is always deeper in the middle, then the top and end is shallow.. I RE-score the top and end lines from the other direction where I score first.)

 

This is my way.. You can make up other ideas to score the same depth each lines.   

 I recommend you to use bamboo skewers to detamine the length  ( probably 10-11.5cm?)and make a mark with a tooth pick or so. --This is from the book.

How do you slice when you score the dough? 

I found out that I can score very straight when I use No.1 way. My cookpad friend suggested me the way. That is very helpful.. I don't think that my way fit everybody but, It may help some TFL members.

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3/28/2011

Here is the best crumb that I got on 27th. 

Ingredients:

 Raisin yeast water 14g

 Water    14℃              74g

KAAP                     130g

Salt                    2.1g

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Method:

4:40pm: Mix all the ingredients except the salt--- Autolize for 10 minutes--- add the salt -- mixing by hand for 2 minutes.

4:55pm Bulk fermentation   DDT 70F   Room temperature 79F

5:40pm S & F  in the air    Room temperature 79F

6:00pm-  S&F   in the air    Room temperature 79F  

8:00pm Transfer the dough at the colder place ( 62.6F)-- Overnight

Next day

7:30am  Transfer the dough in the basement  ( 50F)  until  3:20 PM

3:20pm  Preshape ( Strech to make a rectangle shape, hold 2/3 ) 

Bench time 20 minutes

3:40pm Shape ( Roll it and close and pinch ) 

Proof

4:00PM  Bake

Recently, I score the line differently. I used to slice very straight, now I  make a curve to score like Tartine book's baguette. ( A crescent shape)

Best wishes,

Akiko

 

Comments

arlo's picture
arlo

Those are some very nice looking baguettes Akiko, thank you for sharing. The formulas and procedures look easy enough to follow, it must just come down to having a great handling and care for the dough as you have demonstrated!

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teketeke

Thank you, arlo!! I have practiced making baguettes for 10 months seriously.   I am going to make baguettes over and over until I get close to hers! :) Fun!


Best wishes,


Akiko

Daisy_A's picture
Daisy_A

Hi Akiko,


Wow - those are some beautiful, airy looking baguettes. Great bloom also around your score marks.


I will have to study these formulae - thank you for taking the time to share this in so much detail.


With very best wishes, Daisy_A

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teketeke

Your welcome and thank you for your kind words, Daisy :)  Let's study together! :)


Best wishes,


Akiko

Syd's picture
Syd

Those are beautiful baguettes, Akiko!  What weight are you scaling your baguettes at?  Thanks  for such a thorough posting.  I think a very small amount of yeast and long proofing times are key to flavour and openness of crumb. 


Regards,


Syd

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teketeke

Thank you for your compliment and your great opinion that is really right, Syd!


 



What weight are you scaling your baguettes at?



Does it mean that the weight before dividing?   I don't put the dough on the scale to divide. I just cut it in a half by my sight using a dough cutter because the dough is so wet and I don't want to damage the dough.   Your question gave me an idea.  May be the dough wont be damaged if I used version (1) 3 folds ( a letter fold) - bench - degas-shape...  I will try it tomorrow.


Best wishes,


Akiko

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Syd

You' re welcome Akiko!  Sorry, I ddn't make myself clear.:(  I meant the weight of each baguette after dividing.  But now I feel foolish for asking because I could have worked it out without myself.  Your final dough weight is 453.8g and you made two baguettes, so that means each baguette is approximately 225g each.  Am I right?


Best,


Syd

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teketeke

Thank you for calculating for me , Syd!  Yes, you are right.   I thought you were asking about the actual weight of the dough. but you gave me the good idea!


Thank you,


Akiko

teketeke's picture
teketeke

Hello, Syd


I weighed the dough and the total weigh was 425g, then I divided it 212.5 g each.


:)


Akiko


 

ehanner's picture
ehanner

Very nice Baguettes Akiko. The yeast water method is interesting and you seem to have mastered it.


Eric

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teketeke

Thank you for your thoughtful words, Eric!


I will post another my result of Aki's yeast water baguette and the others. :)


Best wishes,


Akiko

txfarmer's picture
txfarmer

Amazingly open crumb! I will study the formula for sure, thanks for sharing!

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teketeke

Your welcome, Txfarmer!   I am sure that you will figure it out!! You and Aki are my goal!  I am looking forward to seeing  your result! 


Best wishes,


Akiko

cranbo's picture
cranbo

Really gorgeous baguettes, thanks for sharing your info and this recipe!


Can you clarify about the strawberry water and the raisin water, are these starters? 


I checked Aki's web site but I was unable to find a better explanation about how these are made. 

hanseata's picture
hanseata

Akiko, how does the taste compare to regular ones (without fruit yeast)?


Karin

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teketeke

Hi, Karin


 I edited 2/24/2011 I am telling you that this is based on the same hydration each baguettes when I make.---   The crust is thinner than sourdough baguettes, thicker  than commercail yeast baguettes.  Aki's baguettes has milder sweet in it. It is wonderfully tasty and thin but hard and very crispy crust that I am very pleased with.


I don't smell the raisin flavor, I don't recognize it because the raisin has not strong smells, but Aki mentioned that she smells strawberry in the baguettes. Once, I made her strawberry baguettes, I did smell it too. It was really great although I was not successful. 


I hope that will help. :)


Best wishes,


Akiko


 

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teketeke

Hi, Karin


 I taste very mild sweet flavor in the baguettes, and the crust is thinner than sourdough baguettes, thicker than commercail yeast baguettes. 


I don't smell the raisin flavor, I don't recognize it because the raisin has not strong smells, but Aki mentioned that she smells strawberry in the baguettes. Once, I made her strawberry baguettes, I did smell it too. It was really great although I was not successful. 


I hope that will help. :)


Best wishes,


Akiko


 

cranbo's picture
cranbo

still in the dark about the "fruit yeasts" mentioned here, can someone please explain?


 

teketeke's picture
teketeke

I am sorry that you are still in the dark, Cranbo.


I will ask Ron and Daisy and Karin to get you understand well.


Akiko

Daisy_A's picture
Daisy_A

Hi cranbo,


Good to hear that you are interested in fruit yeasts.


There is a lot of information on the threads started by Ron, including the one below that I think Akiko flagged up on Aki's blog.


Did you get to see this thread? Ron and Akiko but also myself and Karin all talk on this thread about making and baking with fruit yeasts?


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/20693/culturing-growing-and-baking-range-wild-yeasts#comment-143857


There is also information on Ron's Banana Saga thread


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/20460/banana-saga-長篇故事


From the first thread I've put below how I made my raisin yeast water. I now feed this every 2-3 days with a handful of raisins or spoonful of honey. I top it up regularly with boiled, filtered water, leaving room at the top of the jar to stir. Every 1-2 months I start it from scratch again.


I use this mostly to feed my sourdough starter and use a raisin yeast water leaven to bake bread. You can, however, replace some or all of the water in a formula with some or all fruit yeast water. There are a lot of examples on the first thread.


Wishing you Happy Baking! Daisy_A


Raisin Water Yeast (RWY) follows:



Day 1 



  • made sure that a mason jar and all utensils were well sterilised. (I think that this is even more important with fruit yeasts than sourdough, as they tend to be less acid). 

  • added around 250g of unwaxed raisins to around 600g of filtered, boiled water and filled the jar about 8o% full, leaving room for CO2 to escape and oxygen to be stirred into the mixture. 

  • I heated the initial mixture to 30C. After that it was kept at room  temperature (a fluctuating 15-20C at the moment). It was stirred regularly

  • I did not tamp the lid down. (For me this was very important as my yeast water releases much stronger gases than my sourdough cultures and I did not want the lid to blow or the jar to explode).


Day 2 saw a very few bubbles in the mixture


Day 4 the raisins had risen to the top of the jar, there were many more bubbles and the 'shush' sound that Akiko describes, when the jar was opened.



  • I then strained off the raisins.


 


 

Day 5

  • following RonRay's good advice I made a small test leaven with 20g of bread flour and 20g of RYW. It rose very strongly overnight. 

 

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teketeke

Thank you for taking a time to write up, Daisy. It is excellent!


I was looking at some processes of how to make  strawberry yeast in Japanese site. 


I found this. It is very easy to understand.


http://www.panpan-love.com/homemade-naturalyeast/handmade-naturall-yeast-strberry.html


She made her strawberry yeast in 4 DAYs.    Aki likes to crush her strawberries before she put them in jar to make it because she can see well when it is fully fermented.


Like this: This is hers:


http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rinrinmaman01/e/cb6e5005374d580457caf61cb5dc378f


Can you see the lot of bubbles in the crushed strawberries, too? 


Thank you again, Daisy.


I hope that cranbo can try it now.


Cheers,


Akiko


 


 

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cranbo

Wow, thank you for providing these interesting threads. 


Fascinating process, I look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing! 

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teketeke

Your welcome, cranbo!


I thought that we better  use honey to add in the fresh fruit with water instead of sugar because hoeny is simple sugar that ferment the fruit well. But Aki and some others use sugar to make strawberry yeast and it seems going very well. 


Leave your strawberry yeast at 28℃ around and shake 2 or 3 times a day to get oxygen that avoid to have mold and make your yeast water tasty!!   I saw many people who tried fruit yeast left it in a colder place then all of the result didn't go well.   


Good luck, cranbo!


Akiko

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cranbo

thanks for locating that thread for me, and for the write up, very revealing. 


looks like a really interesting process, would like to try it myself. I'll keep you posted.

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Daisy_A

Hi cranbo, 


Welcome to the wonderful world of baking with fruit yeasts!


Look forward to hearing how you get on.


Best wishes, Daisy_A

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Juergen Krauss

What a crumb, Akiko, beautiful.


I will try your formula as soon as possible.


Juergen

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teketeke

Hi, Juergen!


I will say try yeast 1-2g as to 125g All purpose flour.  Now, I recommend all of you guys to try 74-76 % hydration instead of 80%.


The big point is that let the dough ferment fully. ( the bulk fermentation) Otherwise, you will have dense heavy baguettes.


I am still trying to get light airly crumb like hers, and nice ears and blooms. hmmm..  Please let me know if you find something! :)


Happy baking,


Akiko

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Juergen Krauss

Hi, I had some success with the recipe I started off with - letting it bulk-ferment for 4 hours instead of the proposed 1 hour. I feel I am on track now.


I set a jar with water, raisins and Pai Mu Tan tea leaves aside... another test for my patience!


Best Wishes,


Juergen

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teketeke

It sounds great, Juergen!!  Please ask us if you have a queston about yeast water.


This is my raisin yeast now.  It has not fully fermented yet. I just wait until all the raisin float up on the top of the water.   I never have tried tea leave yeasts. I will be interested in your experiment, Juergen!  Please let us know how your new yeasts goes.  :)


Happy baking,


Akiko

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Juergen Krauss

Akiko,


The learning never ends.


My pot of raisins just didn't start to ferment.


I then checked the package to find that they were coated in sunflour oil!


I'm going on holiday, and further experiments will have to wait until my return.


Happy baking,


Juergen

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teketeke

MY,,, Sorry to hear that, Juergen.


Even if they are not organic, They will be fermented. but not the one are not coated with oil.


I agree with your opinion.   I hope you can enjoy your vacation!


I am watching this video over and over and over. This is really great video!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-WstoakmQ


When I feel that I am diappointed in my baguettes, I always watch this video.


Happy baking, too!


Akiko

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Juergen Krauss

Hi Akiko,


I had a great vacation and have been back for over a week now.


In Germany I managed to make some of my worst bread ever (interesting experience, what different equipment and experience can do to you.)


I followed the events in Japan with great worry, and I am glad to hear your friends and relatives are safe.


My wife has lived in Japan for a while and has frends there, too.


She made me to try out some melon pan recipes. Would that be something to use fruit yeast for? Here is the writeup of my melon pan


I have started strawberry water, and it looks good so far.


I'll try it out tomorrow or on wednesday.


Best wishes,


Juergen


 

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teketeke

Hi, Juergen


I am glad to hear that you had a great vacation!  I am looking forward to seeing your another experiment and strawberry yeast water!!  YAY!


Thank you for your thoughtful message for my family and friends.   How are your wife's friends? Are they safe, too?   It has been hurting me so much...  I do hope that the nuclear plants will be fixed as soon as possible..  That is my big concern...


Best wishes,


Akiko


 


 

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Juergen Krauss

Hi Akiko,


Luckily our friends are safe and well. One had travelled up north and couldn't return to Tokyo as planned, but she was very calm about that.


The power stations are really the big concern. Things seem to be improving.


I trust the workers on the Fokoshima plant that they do their best.


About the strawbery yeast: It got really frothy yesterday night, so I made a poolish, which has well risen and smells very aromatic and alcoholicky this morning.


I shall have some strawbaerry baguette by this evening!


Best wishes,


Juergen


 

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teketeke

I am so glad to hear that your wife's friends are safe and well. It is really heartbreaking to think about it if they are safe or not.


:) I hope your strawberry baguette goes well!  I baked the overnight baguette with raisin yeast  just right now. That is my favorite baguette now. 


Best wishes,


Akiko

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Juergen Krauss

Hi Akiko,


The strawberries bubbled nicely, but I didn't have time for experiments and shopping, so I used the starwberry water to seed some raisin water.


I just made a poolish baguette with my best crumb so far using 100% raisin water for the poolish and the final dough - and I burnt it! Argh. (Yes, I know, someone invented a timer ages ago ...)


Here a crumb shot ( the "hull" is black as a brick):


raisin baguette


But I think I got the very basics of fruit yeasts and will continue to experiment.


Thanks again for your curiosity and support.


Happy Baking,


Juregen


 

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teketeke

The crumb looks nicely open and  tasty and shiny, Juregen!!Sometimes, I burn my bread, too. I scrape the crust that is burned with knife when I burn my bread, However, it is a sad moment to see the thing... I am sorry, Juregen.  Could you eat it?   I'd like to see your another experiment, Juregen! 


Best wishes,


Akiko

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Juergen Krauss

Thanks for your kind words.


I put the baguette in the oven and then went off to calculate a sourdough experiment of mine ...


It was quite severely burnt, what I could taste of the crumb was a very soft and sweetish taste.


As you might know I was on a course on Friday and am mentally digesting what I have learnt. We made breads with 5 different preferments, my family like the pugliese bread with biga best (I had to cut it warm for the photo). That's probably what I will mainly do for the next couple of weeks or so.


Your new baguette looks amazing!


Happy BAking,


Juergen

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teketeke

Wow, That is very appealing to me, Juergen. No wonder you family wanted to eat more of it!!   Although it is little difficult to get your formula and method. You better create your own post on baker blog.  I don't want to bother you, but it is really looking great pugliese bread with biga. I never have tried pugliese honestly.    Hmmm.. It really looks YUMMY. 


Thank you for your compliment for my new baguette.   It happens some accidents when you make several breads in the same day.   For me... I  forget to add salt in it...


Best wishes,


Akiko

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wmtimm627

Seeing all these posts about how airy a loaf turns out makes me wonder if it's worth it if it doesn't taste great. What exactly is the purpose of an airy crumb anyway? Just to look good?


Sorry for my ignorance. I've had great success with VanOver's recipe for years now.


Billybob

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teketeke

Hi, Billybob


About the taste: It is not a taste less cracker baguette that I bought at the bakery shop here. The baguette looked exactly like Aki's. but it was a totally no taste baguette. 


 Aki's baguette: The crust is very crunchy but thin, the crumb is very moist and I can also taste chewy taste in the crumb because I let the dough rise in the colder place for a long time.   I like light baguettes like I like pizzas have light crumb. This is the same reason that I prefer light airy crumb. Which one do you like  bread pizzas or crispy pizzas?  It is  similar to describe about this baguettes.


VanOver's recipe? I haven't heard about this. I am interested in it and I will google it now :)


Thank you for your comment, Billybob


Akiko

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wmtimm627

Charles VanOver wrote a book about making bread using *gasp* a food processor! I'll try to find some pictures I've taken of some of the loaves I've baked using it.

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teketeke

Thank you, Billybob!  :)


I found the recipe:


http://www.losangelesovenworks.com/recipes/wood_fired_best_ever_baguette.php


They look great!  I want to see the crumb though...


Sometimes, I use a food prosessor to kead to strength the gluten. but it was just a short time. I think that Peter Reinhart mentions about it on his book, too.


Akiko


 

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wmtimm627

I found this on my computer. Maybe I'll fire up another batch soon to get a better view.

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teketeke

Hi, Billybob


I finally tried "My best ever baguette" today.




I really like the idea of using wheat Germ that give more  flavor.  However, I should have waited until doubled for the bulkfermentation.I let the dough rest only 1.5 times in bulk.    The crust was crunchy and thick.  I thought it is the traditional french bread because there is completely no oil in the dough.   I don't know why the crumb was little dry..  Your crumb looks fine.  Did you use some oil in the container before you put the dough in?  I want to try again. 


Best wishes,


Akiko

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wmtimm627

Akiko,


I pretty much follow the recipe to the letter. The only variation I use is described on page 54; "For a Lighter, Fluffier Bread". I stop the kneading process after 20 seconds and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then continue for another 25 seconds. I have a very nice Thermapen instant-read thermometer that makes my job that much easier, as it seems very important to achieve the correct temp using the food processor. I have an old Cuisinart 11 cup with paddle switches.


As for the doubling in bulk, I've never really worried about that because Van Over doesn't seem to think it's important.


Good Luck,


Billybob

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teketeke

THank you for taking the time to write up for me, Billybob!  I have a 10 cup Cuisinart food processor with paddle witches too. That is a christmas gift a couple years ago.


Okay I will try. Thank you, again Billybob


Best wishes,


Akiko

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teketeke

Hi, Billybob


I made 2 baguettes of Van over's "my best ever baguette". But I wanted to compare the taste using 2 different methods. One is Van over's FP mixing method.  the other one is what I make for overnight baguette with raisin yeast.


I decreased the yeast amount down to 0.4% and the hydration is 70%



Left:DDT70F  S&F twice interval 20 minutes, Bulkfermentation 2 hours including S&F time at 78-80F.  Rest at 50-54F for 7 hours.  Some oil used.


 Right: Van Over's way FP method- FP 20 second / rest 20 minutes/ FP 20 seconds  DDT 80F --- Bulkfermentation 3 hours at 70F-- Rest at 50-54F for 6 hours. No oil used.


Both of two rose doubled.


 This is DDT70 and S&F way.


I could shape long and thin.  The crumb is moist and sweet and chewy pleansantly.


 This is Van over's way


I couldn't shape any longer because the gluten was develped a lot in the dough.


The taste was little drier ( the last one that I made was much drier. Thank you for your advice.),less sweeter and softer crumb compare to the other one. I was surprised to see a lot of holes in the baguette.   It will be good go with a sandwich though.


Have you ever tried the method of hand mixing and S&F?  I think that it has more flavor to be honest.


Best wishes,


Akiko


 

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teketeke

Thank you, Billybob!


I better try the recipe!  Thank you for the picture with THE BOOK! :)  I may be able to borrow it from the library....  There are a lot of air around the crust, too. They look awesome!


Thank you, Billybob!  I will study more baguettes!


Akiko

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Yippee

"Now, I realize that I don't want to let the dough rest below 50F/10℃ anymore..."

Akiko:

Could you please explain why? Thanks!

Yippee

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