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Baker's Math

Ilse's picture

Baker's Math


I would like to know the baker's percentages for the different kinds of breads.  French bread; Wholewheat; seed loaf; white loaf.

Kind regards


yy's picture

There's no single formula for any of the breads you mentioned, although there may be some general characteristics such as hydration level (for example, a french baguette dough is typically around 66% hydration with 2% salt content). Below is a link to a great resource with lots of reliable formulas:

Amazon gives you a searchable preview of the book. Hamelman lists quantities as well as percentages. I hope you find it helpful. If you don't already have the book, I highly recommend it. A second edition will be coming out in November.

foodslut's picture

..... will bring in LOADS o' hits from people who've baked with the formulas they're sharing.

Happy hunting!