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davidg618

1 pound loaves

During the holidays, and for the first time, we baked 1-lb. loaves, one-third smaller than our usual 1.5-lb loaves. We did this because we gifted a number of family and friends that live alone, reasoning that a larger loaf would likely stale before it was consumed. Furthermore, I can bake three 1-lb per load in my household oven, but only two 1.5-lb loaves otherwise. We  baked more than was needed, so we've been consuming the leftovers. We've realized the smaller loaves serve our needs--there is only two of us--as well, or possibly better than the larger loaves. I'll continue to make larger loaves to share at our frequent community pot-luck dinners, or when we entertain.

I also like simply hand-shaping batards, and proofing the loaves on a couche vis-a-vis bannetons.

This formula is 10/45/45: Whole Rye Flour/KA Bread Flour/KA AP Flour, with  14% of the flour (all Bread Flour) prefermented in the levain build. Hydration is 68%. I retard the dough for 15 hours at 54°F.

David G

David G

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Floydm

Very nice.

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SylviaH

Beautiful loaf.  

I know what you mean about bread for two.  I have almost always baked large loaves.  Just recently I did some smaller versions.  The reason why is I just ordered some one pound baskets for my proofer.  The smaller loaves are very nice for two and gifts..you think I would have figured this out some time ago..I'm just a large loaf lover..still prefer them larger, but the mini's are great too!

Why even bother with a basket...well the only reason here would be to put it in the proofer with larger baskets.  They roll up so nicely in linen.

This is a recent bake of my mini-loaf.  Now does this really qualify as a loaf or a roll : )  for now I call it my mini-loaf.  I know miches have a starting weight : )  

Sylvia

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davidg618

...is an inspiring mini-loaf, Sylvia. Am I correct interpeting the 8.20 on the scale is ounces?

David G

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SylviaH

yep it's only 8.2 oz, I made 2.  They don't last long.

Sylvia

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dghdctr

Very nice stuff, David.

--Dan DiMuzio

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ananda

Hi David,

Your baking is lovely, as always.

Happy New Year to you

Best wishes

Andy

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davidg618

It's especially nice to receive replies from TFL's creator, Floyd; Dan--you mentored me through my first days and weeks learning sourdough--and Sylvia and Andy, whose works have have inspired me to do the best I can.

Happy New year to you, and the entire TFL community.

David G

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dmsnyder

I'm sure your gifts were appreciated.

David

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davidg618

Obviously, you are yet another TFL'er whose kind critiques and guidance I've sought on this journey. Happy New Year!

David G

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Mebake

Lovely looking Batard, David! Happy New year!

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davidg618

And for you I wish 2012 be dusty with good flours, every day!

David G

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Syd

That is just great looking bread.
Best,
Syd