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Pullman Wholemeal Tangzhong Loaf-Concaved and Sagged

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Pullman Wholemeal Tangzhong Loaf-Concaved and Sagged

Hi! It is my first time using a Pullman pan, and I used this recipe.

I used Bluebird White Wheat Flour that I ground myself. I measured out 150 grams of the fresh ground flour like the recipe says. I followed all the directions exactly, and I used the bread machine to mix the dough and do the first proofing. For the final rise, I had the bread rising in the Pullman loaf pan on top of the stove that was heating up. I baked the bread for 30 minutes with the top on. I immediately turned the bread out, and it looked beautiful, tall and perfect. Then it started singing into itself. The ends kind of concaved into the loaf and look like octagons, and the loaf sunk a bit too! It was slightly undercooked too when I sliced a end. I fixed that by shoving it back into the oven for 5 minutes; however, the aesthetics of my bread suffered. If I cooked the bread the full 35 or maybe 40 minutes, does anyone think the bread will not shrink into itself? Or do I need to try something else, so it will keep it's symmetrical shape like the recipe's picture does?

Thanks for any help and advice you can give me.

plevee's picture

I have 2 Pullman pans - a very solid thick metal pan made by Matfer and a thinner generic pan. Loaves baked in the heavy pan hold their straight sides, those in the lighter pan cave in. These are made from the same dough and baked side by side in the same oven. Perhaps longer baking might help but I think it is the fault of the pan.  Patsy

BreadBabies's picture

See if they have the same temperature when they come out of the oven.

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Lechem (not verified)

Now I'm not concluding this is the answer however... You also say you ground the flour yourself. Now I don't have a flour mill but I do believe that freshly ground flour will behave differently to regular flour we buy in the shops. Hydration for instance. Then you also have to consider the grain used (isn't the same in the recipe) and the temperature difference.