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AranMC

Pleased to be here and happy...

I only joined this site yesterday so I'm still finding my way around.. I did find info and videos about stretch and fold very interesting.

I made some white bread today, just simple white bread flour, yeast, olive oil, a little salt, sugar and milk/water recipe. No measurements, just eyeballed everything.

I used the stretch and fold method of kneading for the first time to see what difference it would make. (by the way I usually have a wettish dough rather than a stiff dough, easier to work and softer bread which hubby and father in law like.)

I found the stretch and fold much easier and the bread rose beautifully, nice and steady...

I made two medium sized loaves and a french stick.

They both loved the bread, the texture was perfect. Nice and soft inside, no BIG holes, as I said, they loved it. So, success so far and only one small change done.

I plan on learning much more about the different types of bread, the different methods such as sourdough, and also we're building an earth oven this year so I'll be learning to bake bread and other baked goods in that oven too.

 

It's going to be very interesting learning here.

 

Aran

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isand66

I'm so jealous that you are building your own hearth oven.

I would love to hear more about it and be sure to post some photos as you are building it.

I have a gas grill, a smoker and a charcoal webber, but no Hearth Oven yet!

Good luck.

Ian

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AranMC

Thank you Ian,

I want a smoker too... we have the gas barbecue and I did find a few videos about smoking stuff on a gas barbecue so until I cna get ana ctual smoker I'll be trying that too...lol

What is a charcoal webber?

 

Aran

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isand66

Sorry about the typo...it's Weber not Webber....anyway, it's a kettle style grill that uses charcoal.  Weber is the name of the company who has been making these style of grills for a long time.  Mine has a propane ignition which makes it very easy to light the charcoal and has 2 side baskets to hold the charcoal which can be moved around in the base of the grill to adjust for smoking and indirect cooking.

I actually use this to smoke ribs and I use my larger "smoker" to cook brisket and pulled pork.

If you need any help with smoking techniques, feel free to ask.

Ian