My first loaf
Hello fellow forum addicts,
well after two weeks of reading and contemplating what to make, i decided to go with a very basic formula and try my first loaf. not gonna lie, i just watched the Good Eats episode about break making, and used that. figured that after this first try, i could then work my way through the book i bought (baker's artisan thingy) and go from there.
well the results were good...not great, but good. the bread was beautiful, but there was something a tidy bit off about it...it would not smells exactly like fresh bread...just a little bit off somehow. i felt there was a bit of a lack of salt (the only measurement i didn't follow exactly), so that might have been it. the whole thing was a bit chewy as well, for lack of a better word. the crust had a crunch to it, but also some elasticity. maybe i didnt let it rest long enough ? (like 25m)
more info : bought a clay pot plate from hardware store, preheat the over at 400 for a while, had a water pan where i put boiling water as the bread went in. i followed the receipe on GE exactly, which included a preferment, then the next day a first mix, autolyse, then let rise, form, rise, bake to internal temps of 205-210 (mine was 207 after 50m). might be forgetting a step, but i really did exactly as it was mentioned in the show for this first experiment. next up : cooking from the book.
all and all, a good first experience. it did make some terrific sandwich and breakfast toasts, so i'm happy. it was good enough that i will certainly make some again very soon (like right now).
before the oven, with way over done knife cuts (went with crazy sharp japanese knife and overestimated the dough resistance haha)
then right off the oven :
and finally, picture of the crumbs (i think its what you call it right?!)
thanks for watching. any input/criticism appreciated.