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Needing help with a bad rise

jamm1234's picture
jamm1234

Needing help with a bad rise

I have been baking "Ezekiel" bread almost every week for about a year.  The last 3 or 4 batches have not risen like they should.  They are rising about half of what they used to on both rises.  The only thing that has changed is my scale.  I used to measure my flour using 20 oz, but my new scale turns over to pounds.  So, I have been measuring 1lb 4oz, knowing that 16 oz are a pound.  is that not correct?  I have been trying to trouble shoot this.  Does too much or too little moisture cause a small rise and dense loaf?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

MichaelLily's picture
MichaelLily

Two questions: isn't Ezekiel bread supposed to be cooked over human or cow waste?

And the second (which I am actually curious about): is not Ezekiel 4 a curse of judgment on Israel and Judah, and the bread part of that curse (called "defiled bread")?  As this is my understanding, I am curious as to what the allure of such a bread is.

Sorry for not having an answer to your question.

jamm1234's picture
jamm1234

Well, yes, I think you are correct that Ezekiel 4 is a judgement of some sort, but I believe that the bread was intended to be a bread of sustenance.  Not overly versed in the book of Ezekiel, but the allure of this particular recipe is that it is a bread that is higher in protein, uses 50% fresh ground wheat and is one that my family enjoys.  I have not tried the cow waste baking method, but thinking I might need to learn it.  You never know when that Zombie Apocalypse is going to break out.  Sorry you could not answer the question, but thank you for adding a little joy to my night.