The Fresh Loaf

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Humidity and Height

jclcf's picture

Humidity and Height

Hi ! I love recipes of buns and rolls and I'm developing some, I have had some success so far but sometimes I find one contradiction, that perhaps someone could explain. I've read that to achieve a bread full of holes (as a ciabatta), the recipe must be high in moisture but I also want a roll with good height and, apparently, a lot of liquid cause a certain spread of the dough. How can I balance this ?

MichaelLily's picture

Proper dough development and steam in the oven will allow a very high hydration dough to achieve great volume with large holes.  I have had great success with 85% hydration for a white sourdough and 105% for a whole wheat sourdough.  Both pieces are essential.  You can get good rise without steam, but it's nothing compared to what steam can do.

PetraR's picture

I achieve this in my Dutch Oven.

The Dough will also not spread out more than the Dutch Oven is wide, I bake my boules and batards in my Dutch Ovens and they get great height.