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Errata sheet for: Bread A Bakers Book of Techniques and Recipes - yes... the changes are in the most current edition.

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Errata sheet for: Bread A Bakers Book of Techniques and Recipes - yes... the changes are in the most current edition.

This was dowloaded from and provided by Mr. Hamelman. Seems to have lost the formatting, but it seems to be all here.

ERRATA SHEET Bread A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes Jeffrey Hamelman Last Updated: Feb 2011 Page 45, Requirements of Rye Flour: Near the bottom. remove the following: “Rye flour will not form a gluten web of similar strength; although there is gluten in rye, there is considerably less than there is in wheat, hence rye breads will always have a denser structure.” In its place, add in: “Rye flour contains gliadin as well as the protein glutelin (which is similar to glutenin). However, due to the presence of pentosans (see page 46), gluten formation is not possible, hence rye breads will always have a denser structure.” Page 46, Rye Is High in A Substance Called Pentosans: Fourth line: change the word “glutenin” to “glutelin” The next sentence should read: “This serves to prevent the development of gluten in rye breads.” Page 54, Yeast: Replace the first sentence with the following: Yeast is a single-celled microorganism that is neither a plant nor an animal—it is a member of the fungus kingdom—and it requires suitable conditions to thrive. Page 59—60, Milk: The entire section has been changed. New text reads: The food value of milk is significant, and when used in baked goods, there is an increase in the protein and mineral content of the products. Lactose, a sugar that is present in milk, caramelizes on the surface of baked goods, imparting a rich color, and also necessitating baking precautions similar to those for eggs and granulated sugar. Along with the lactose,the fats present in milk contribute to a soft and even grain in the crumb of baked products. Bakers often replace whole milk in bread formulas with dried milk, largely because the shelf life of dried milk is of course vastly greater than that of fresh milk. Four ounces of dried milk replace 1 quart of whole fresh milk, with the liquid being made up with water. Page 94, Pâte Fermentée Last paragraph: Italicize the words pâte fermentée Page 101, Baguettes with Poolish Final dough, Poolish amount, under Metric, not 6.067 should read 6.607 kg Page 1 02, Baker’s Notes: Replace existing sidebar with the following: Baker’s Notes Around 1 840, Baron August Zang brought the poolish style of bread making to Paris from Vienna. A great deal of flavor was enticed from the bread thanks to the presence of the poolish, and only a small amount of yeast was required, which suited the bakers of the day, who had little access to reliable fresh baker’s yeast. Further, the new breads lacked the acidity that characterized traditional levain-based breads, and this contributed to their popularity. Pain viennois, as the breads were called, became immensely successful, as did viennoiserie—lightly sweetened yeasted goods whose production fell under the domain of the bread baker. Gradually, a complete genre of breads developed that used yeasted pre-ferments in place of, or along with, sourdough, and today we are the fortunate recipients of those advances made almost two centuries ago. Page 1 05 Ciabatta with Stiff Biga: Water in Home column Final Dough should be “1 lb 3.6 oz (2 1/2 cups)” Pages 11 3, 11 5 Country Bread and Rustic Bread: 1. Pre-ferment. Disperse the yeast in the the water, add the flour and salt. Page 1 35, Semolina (Durum) Bread: Bottom line on the page, first word: Change “mising” to “mixing.” Page 139, Corn Bread: Several changes: Under POOLISHin the U.S. column, the correct weight for Yeast is .01 lb, and the correct weight for TOTAL is 1 0.01 lb Under POOLISH in the Metric column, the correct weight for Yeast is .005 kg, and the correct weight for TOTAL is 5.005 kg Under FINAL DOUGH in the U.S. column, the correct weight for the Yeast is .29 lb, and the correct weight for POOLISHis 10.01 lb Under FINAL DOUGH in the Metric column, the correct weight for the Yeast is .145 kg, and the correct weight for POOLISHis 5.005 kg Under FINAL DOUGH in the Home column, the correct cup measure for cornmeal is 8 oz. (11/2 cups) Page 1 56, Vermont Sourdough with Increased Whole Grain In the Home column, the math is incorrect for the Overall Formula, Liquid Levain Build and for the Final Dough. The correct figures are as follows: OVERALL FORMULA Bread flour 1 lb 11 .2 oz. 85% Whole Rye 4.8oz 15% Water 1 lb 4.8 oz 65% Salt .6oz 1.9% TOTAL YIELD 3 lbs 5.4 oz 1 6 6.9% LIQUID LEVAIN BUILD Bread flour 6.4 oz 1 00% Water 8oz 125% Mature culture (liquid) 1 .3 oz 20% TOTAL 15.7oz. FINAL DOUGH Bread flour 1 lb 4.8 oz Whole Rye 4.8 oz Water 12.8oz Liquid levain 1 4.4 oz. (all less 3 T) Salt .6oz TOTAL 3 lbs 5.4 oz Page 1 64, Miche Pointe-à-Callière: In the FINAL DOUGH section, under HOME, the water volume should read 23/4 cups (not 2 1/4 cups) Page 197, Light Rye Bread: In the OVERALL FORMULA section, under METRIC, the High Gluten flour should read 8.5 kg (not 8.7 kg) Page 200, The Detmolder Method of Rye Bread Production: Middle column, first full paragraph: a period comes after “(60 to 65% hydration)”. Then the rest of the paragraph should read: “The ripening temperature for this phase is 73°F to 80°F and ripening time is 1 5 to 24 hours (lower temperatures require longer ripening times, and higher temperatures require shorter ripening times). During this phase, the acetic acid potential of the sour is developed, which will eventually impart a prominent sour tang to the bread.” Page 204, Three-Stage 80 Percent Sourdough Rye: Bottom of page, the Full Sour weights of Final dough should read: U.S. 14.72 lb Metric 7.36 kg Home 1 lb, 7.5 oz Pages 205 and 207, Three-Stage 80 Percent Sourdough Rye and Three- Stage 70 Percent Sourdough Rye: Under Freshening, should read “medium rye” and not “whole rye.” Page 210, 66% Rye Sourdough: In Sourdough section, change “whole rye flour” to “medium rye flour” Page 240 and page 292, Challah: Changes are bold and underlined: US Metric Home Baker’s % Bread flour 1 3.4 lb 6.7 kg 1 lb 5.4 oz (4 7/8 cups) 67% High-gluten flour 6.6 lb 3.3 kg 10.6 oz (2 3/8 cups) 33% Sugar 1.6 lb .8 kg 2.6 oz (5 T) 8% Yolks 1 .5 lb .75 kg 2.4 oz (4 yolks) 7.5% Whole eggs 2.8 lb 1 .4 kg 4.5 oz (2 eggs) 14% Vegetable oil 1 .5 lb .75 kg 2.4 oz (5 1/2 T) 7.5% Water 6.4 lb 3.2 kg 10.2 oz (1 1/4 cups) 32% Salt .38 lb .19 kg .6 oz (1 T) 1.9% Yeast .6 lb .3 kg .32 oz instant dry (2 3/4 tsp) 3% TOTAL 34.78 lb 17.39 kg 3 lb, 7 oz 1 73.9% Corrections to the yeast quantities just for the HOME column in the Miscellaneous Breads chapter to the following: Page 253, Brioche .4 oz, instant dry (1 T + 5/8 tsp) Page 255, Sesame Bread Sticks .16 oz, instant dry (1 1/2 tsp) Page 256, Grissini .18 oz, instant dry (1 3/4 tsp) Page 258, Soft Butter Rolls .29 oz, instant dry (2 3/4 tsp) Page 260, Bagels .14 oz, instant dry (1 3/8 tsp) Page 262, Bialys .12 oz, instant dry (1 1/8 tsp) Page 264, Irish Soda Bread: Changes to the first three ingredients: U.S Metric Home Baker’s % Whole-wheat (pastry)* flour 5.63 lb 2.5 kg 5.3 oz (1 1/4 cups) 50% Wheat flakes, ground 2.82 lb 1 .26 kg 2.6 oz (5/8 cup) 25% White ** pastry flour 2.81 lb 1.25 kg 2.6 oz (5/8 cup) 25% *add the word “pastry” **add the word “white’ Page 266, Traditional English Hot Cross Buns Two changes: OVERALL FORMULA and SPONGE Both read: .22 oz, instant dry (2 tsp) Page 267, Hot Cross Buns: Changes to the crossing paste: CROSSING PASTE (PER 4 DOZEN BUNS) Butter, melted .25 lb .114 kg 4 oz (1/2 cup) Milk .19 lb .086 kg 3 oz (3/8 cup) Vanilla .5 oz .014 kg .5 oz (1 T) Sugar .25 lb .114kg 4oz(1/2 cup) Lemon peel, grated 1 1 1 Egg, large, beaten 1/2 1/2 1/2 Flour, sifted .5 lb .227 kg 8 oz (1 7/8 cups) Page 267, in the sidebar eliminate the sentence: ÒThe crossing paste, which is piped on just before the bake. . . ending with the words. . .as is generally seen in North America.” In its place, add the following: ÒThe crossing paste is piped on just before the bake and becomes integrated to the bun itself, unlike the sweet white icing that is generally seen in North America, which is piped on after the buns have cooled.” Page 268, 6. Crossing Paste: Eliminate the existing text and put in the following: While the buns proof, make the crossing paste. In a saucepan, melt the butter with the sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the milk, vanilla, grated lemon peel, and beaten egg. Whisk all these together, and then add the sifted flour (cake, pastry, or all- purpose flour all work fine). Using a round tip with a 1/4- to 3/8-inch diameter, fill a piping bag with the paste. When the buns are fully proofed (approximately 1 hour), pipe lines in one direction on each of them, transecting the top of each bun. When all the lines have been piped in one direction, rotate the baking sheet 90 degrees and pipe lines again, so that the lines form an even cross (the cross, by the way, is an ancient Celtic representation of the four seasons). Page 268, 6. Crossing Paste: The second to last line in that section has a typo: change "thhe" to "the" Page 269, Pretzels Two changes: OVERALL FORMULA: .14 oz, instant dry (1 3/8 tsp) FINAL DOUGH: .14 oz, instant dry (scant 1 3/8 tsp) Page 273, Pizza Dough Two changes: OVERALL FORMULA: .1 3 oz, instant dry (1 1/4 tsp) FINAL DOUGH: .1 3 oz, instant dry (scant 1 1/4 tsp) Page 275, Pissaladière Two changes: OVERALL FORMULA: .09 oz, instant dry (7/8 tsp) FINAL DOUGH: .09 oz, instant dry (scant 7/8 tsp) Page 278, Fougasse with Olives Two changes: OVERALL FORMULA: .1 oz, instant dry (1 tsp) FINAL DOUGH: .1 oz, instant dry (scant 1 tsp) Page 282, Aloo Paratha: After the **Mustard oil note, and before 1. TO MAKE THE DOUGH, insert: Note: There will be filling left over after making the eight paratha. It makes a flavorful addition to egg dishes, or it can be frozen for future use. Page 282, Aloo Paratha: In the middle of the page, in the "Note" section: change "afrozen" to "frozen" Pages 358, 359, Developing a Liquid Levain Culture: In the Baker’s % for both DAYTWO. TWO FEEDINGS and DAYS THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE. TWO FEEDINGS, the following change: Replace 222% with 111%. Page 395, Glossary: Add: “glutelin A protein found in certain cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley, as well as in certain grasses, such as corn and rice.” Page 402, Bibliography: The title of the Roussel and Chiron book should read: Les pains français. Page 407, Index: Add: “glutelin, 45, 46

LindyD's picture

Just a note that the errata was first published in 2010 - it can be downloaded in .pdf or .doc format directly from Mellow Bakers.  Much easier to read and print.

Given the popularity of the book, I imagine that the changes are contained in the most recent printings.

OldWoodenSpoon's picture

as of Christmas 2011 were in the book.  I received a copy as a Christmas gift, and all available errata at that time was already reflected in the book.


trenz's picture

I was looking for this errata and it seems like Mellow Baker  is gone. Can anyone else access the website? All I get is a list of sponsored websites when I go to My copy of BREAD is the 11th edition so the errors may be corrected but I would like to double check. Thanks

RobynNZ's picture

Hi Trenz

As you will see from the comment posted by Paul (rainbowz) below, the Mellowbaker's site which he moderates is undergoing some changes to accomodate two 'bake-through' projects. I just tried to log in and like you I was unable to do so. Currently Paul is travelling, having been to Paris with his bakery class for Europain. It may therefore take some time until he is able to attend to whatever problem the site currently has.

In the meantime, do you have any specific questions relating to 'Bread' ? Many of us here are familiar with the errata and may be able to assist you.


trenz's picture

Thanks, the site is up now. I had no specific questions yet. I just received the book, so I may have some questions in the future. I have been interested in bread for the last two years or so, specifically wanting to learn baguettes. I have collected about a dozen bread books  but have only done some Lahey/Artisan in 5 recipes (which I loved) so far and it's time to expand a little. Thanks again.



Yumarama's picture

Because we're doing a second round of baking through Hamelman Breads AND starting a round of baking all of Lepard's Handmade Loaf, I've had to move the old forum over a bit so the URL to the errata sheet needs updating.

You can find the full list, formatted and in PDF or Word formats at

If anyone wants to hop on to either of these new book-long baking challenges, you're more than welcome to join in. Hamelman's Bread starts in March and Lepard's Handmade loaf starts in April. Go to and pick your adventure.

suave's picture

Awww, but where's the challenge in baking through books where everything works?  C'mon guys - do "Local Breads"!

tn gabe's picture
tn gabe

Is that the one with many differente bakers and bakeries full of interesing ideas and completely misleading recipes? Worth it for the inspiration?

thihal123's picture

Is there an errata for the 2nd edition of the book available? I bought the 2nd edition in August 2012 and only now, May 2013, am finally looking at the book to make some bread. I notice that there might be some errors in bread formulas, such as the Rustic Bread on page 107 (2nd edition).


edit update:

I think I should update this. It looks like it's my own error in misinterpreting the formula.