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San Francisco-style Sourdough Bread two ways

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dmsnyder

San Francisco-style Sourdough Bread two ways

Baguettes made with San Francisco Sourdough dough

I do like sourdough baguettes. Since I'd developed a San Francisco-style Sourdough bread I was happy with, I decided to make some baguettes with this dough. I made one kg of dough and shaped half of it as a boule which was retarded overnight before baking. I divided the other half into two 250 g pieces and shaped them as baguettes, proofed them and baked them without retarding at 460 degrees F for 22 minutes. See my recent blog entries for the formula and procedures. (My San Francisco Sourdough Quest, Take 3

Baguettes on the peel, ready to score and load

Scored baguette, ready to load and bake

Baked baguette, cooling

Baguette crumb

The crust was slightly crunchy and chewy. The crumb was chewy with a nice flavor and a mild sourdough tang. These are definitely worth making again. Next time, I think I'll retard the shaped baguettes and also try baking at a slightly higher temperature to get a darker, crunchier crust.

The boule also turned out nicely, shown here with "a supporting cast" of San Joaquin Sourdough bâtards.

David

 

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PiPs

Lovely bake David,

Your Super Peel looks very well loved :) I think your boule turned out a lot better than "nicely" ... looks stunning!

Cheers,
Phil

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dmsnyder

My Super Peel does get a lot of use, and I do appreciate it.

Thanks for your compliment on the boule. You didn't like the baguettes? ;-)

David

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PiPs

Ha Ha, you know, i'm not really a baguette kinda guy :)

I can imagine they're pretty darn good though ... 

Phil

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Mebake

Very attractive baguettes, David. The scores opened perfectly! The color on the baguettes, too, is fabulous.

 

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dmsnyder

David

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SallyBR

Absolute perfection!

 

I have some sourdough baguette dough waiting for me in the fridge, once I get home from work, I'll shape and bake - gotta work on my slashing, yours is so neat!

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dmsnyder

I am pretty happy with the baguette scoring. I guess my mental mis en place was en place.

David

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GSnyde

Nice looking loaves, the skinny and the round both.

Glenn

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dmsnyder

To paraphrase our grandmother, "Why would I make ugly bread?"

David

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ananda

Lovely crumb and scoring on your baguettes, David.

A "Super peel" sounds great!

All good wishes

Andy

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dmsnyder

I do recommend the Super Peel, especially with the wider extension. It allows me to load my baking stone completely all at once. There are also fewer loading mishaps with it.

David

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breadsong

Hi David,
What beautiful scoring on your baguettes, and boule!
The batards aren't looking too shabby, either.
:^) breadsong

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sonia101

They look stunning, gosh I can almost smell them all the way over here in Australia....I'm drooling!

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dmsnyder

David

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Syd

Nice shaping and scoring of your baguettes David.  I have been following your sourdough quest with interest.  After bragging somewhere on this forum that all it took was a bit of hot weather and I could turn out a sour loaf, I can't seem to put my money where my mouth is.  I am on my third attempt now and I haven't been able to do it, yet.  I tried letting my levain ripen for almost 14 hours until the it was really sour.  It didn't work.  Retarding for 24 didn't work, either.  Now I am trying a formula from the Handbook on Dough Fermentations.  It starts with a firm starter (50% hydration) which matures for 8 hours.  The final dough is made up of 20% starter, 100% white flour, 60% water and 2% salt.  It gets a 1 hour bulk ferment and an 8 hour final proof.  No mention is made of temperatures.  We will see what the final loaf is like, but I have to say after having just tasted the dough when it completed its bulk ferment, I don't hold out much hope.  Unless of course some magic happens in the next 8 hours.  I think the crucial difference is that I have never used 100% white flour in the past.  All of my sour loaves have had some whole grain in them. 

Syd

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FlourChild

Gorgeous loaves, I especially love the look of the crumb on your baguette!

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sweetbird

Your baking always inspires me, David, and these gorgeous loaves are something to strive for!

Janie

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dmsnyder

Syd: A little whole grain flour - rye or wheat - really does enhance the flavor. Rye in the levain seems to increase the acetic acid. Warmer proofing seems to do so also.  76 degrees or so enhances yeast growth. 85 degrees enhances LB activity.

David

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Yuki-Johan

when the baguettes are rising do i cover them with damp cloth or not? :( i covered them with a damp cloth and it was hard to slash. I really love the slashes on your baguette and wana learn to make slashes like that :)  

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dmsnyder

I proof my baguettes smooth side down on bakers' linen. They are covered by a fold of the linen couche. When proofed, the baguettes are flipped over on the couche, then onto a transfer peel ("flipping board") and then onto the peel, so they end up with the smooth side up. The couche absorbed some moisture from the baguette surface, making them a bit easier to score.

Baguette scoring is really an advanced technique that takes knowledge and lots of practice. See the TFL Handbook scoring tutorial and watch videos of Ciril Hitz or Jeff Hamelman. (Links provided on request.)

David

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Yuki-Johan

:) I shall watch the videos.