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Large quantity using a small mixer

Cellarvie's picture
Cellarvie

Large quantity using a small mixer

Happy Halloween TFL-ers!  If you get a moment away from the ghoulishness, I'd welcome advice on bulk doughs.  

My mixer will only handle a maximum of 2kg of dough so until now I've only made a couple of loaves at a time.  I'd like to be able to double this so would welcome advice on how to do this within the limits of the mixer.  Currently I make bread with a levain fermented overnight, which is then used to make a dough which is bulk fermented for a second night.  I'm wondering if I should mix 2 separate small doughs, then combine them by hand, and bulk ferment overnight.  Is that likely to work?  Any other suggestions or advice?  How do others manage this?

drogon's picture
drogon

... is the easy solution!

However, just make up 2 batches and split your levian between them. You could then ferment them in separate tubs or mix them together.

When I was getting to that stage, (before I got my first big mixer) I was mixing (by hand) 2 (or 3) separate lots and fermenting them separately.

-Gordon

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Cellarvie

Bigger mixer would be great but would need a bigger kitchen, which would need a bigger house, which would need a bigger plot, which would need a bigger..........well maybe your two batches idea sounds more feasible.  Thanks Gordon, I'll give that a go.

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tptak

Could you get more bowls for your mixer?

I have two, which is enough to make 8-9 loaves in three batches. I just need to do them in order where I don't need to do a lot of cleaning to avoid potential contamination (so usually white bread first, then wholemeal rye, then seedy with strong and whole flours). If I make one of the gluten free recipes (or low gluten, as they are contaminated anyway), I make them before I do anything else, cover with cling film and then get to the glutenish ones.

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Cellarvie

Another bowl - why didn't I think of that - it would have so many uses!  And thank you tptak for the sequencing suggestion, that could work.