yet another intro, also "bread smell"
Just want to say hi, when i first came to this forum i did a lot of searching for "bread smell" and never found an answer that lead me anywhere. I had made some large number of loaves that looked ok but never had the 'bread' smell i was searching for. People asking similar questions in the forums got replies that had to do with yeast or ingredients, but this wasnt what i wanted. The closest comparison i can think of is if you have ever smelled roasting coffee or been close to a roastery. It is not brewing coffee but roasting coffee. It is an intense smell that drives coffee lovers crazy. Bread also has a comparable smell, and the smell is not "baking bread" but, as i have found "roasting flour" if you heat your oven to 500* and simply throw a small amount of flour in there, in short order you will get a wonderful "bread smell" that fills your whole house. The same smell cant be achieved from lower temperatures, and likely even high temps than this will produce better smell but i wouldnt know as i am limited by my consumer gas oven. Some people might complain that it smells like it is burning, but if you bake your bread in an oven full of this smell, and after it cools and you bag it, the smell will sink into the bread and smell even better a few hours later. I found this smell by accident after searching many many times unsuccessfuly for "bread smell" or variations of it online. Then when i tried out a sandstone paving stone which i got from Home Depot, i accientally slid in a bit of extra flour, and i finally found this smell. Im sure for some people, this smell is obvious but if you follow most random bread recipes you will never quite achieve the kind of smell i was looking for. Rather it can be done by throwing in a bit of extra flour next to the bread on the stone. It is for me the definitive "bread" smell and makes me want to smash the bread into my face and inhale deeply. Im not at least one person on this forum will know what im talking about.
Anyway just wanted to say hey to everyone and share a piece of my bread journey.