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Community Bake - I have an Idea - Want Input

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DanAyo

Community Bake - I have an Idea - Want Input

As I consider ideas for our next Community Bake (CB), a particular crumb comes to mind. We have chased extreme open crumb, and many have succeeded gloriously. I think/hope that many of our participants are ready to pursue the Lacy HoneyComb crumb. If only we can produce breads that somewhat resemble the crumb of a croissant! It is not the Instagram Crumb that is so popular at this time. But, as far as I am concerned, it should be. What more can you ask of a crumb type? It is absolutely gorgeous, photogenic, and it even holds your condiments without slipping through the giant holes that are ever present in “bread porn” shots of this present time. Here are a few screen grabs to visually communicate the crumb mentioned above.

For those who are not familiar with our Community Bakes, see this link.
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/61187/list-past-and-present-community-bakes

 

My ultimate crumb is the one on the top left, which do you like best?

   
   
   
All of the Instagram screen grabs above were baked by “Chompmon”. I am in contact with her and hoping to pick here brain for help with this type of crumb.

QUESTION - Is there an interest among The Fresh Loafers to pursue this type of crumb with me?
Should it become our next Community Bake?

Hopefully, with input from all of the CB participants, we can learn together to consistently bake breads that will produce this type of rare and gorgeous crumb.

Your opinions matter...

Danny

Esopus Spitzenburg's picture
Esopus Spitzenburg

I'm very interested!

theo's picture
theo

Looks spectacular. Would love to try my first community bake!

theo's picture
theo

My favorite loaf is top right and bottom left. They look the same

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Benito

I would be satisfied with any of them, I think this would be a good CB.

Benny

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DanAyo

Please post images of your favorite crumb.

Dan

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ifs201

I love this crumb that you posted. That said, I would be more than thrilled to achieve any of the crumbs that you posted! Thank you!

 

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DanAyo

Here is a list of Instagram bread crumb that are excellent, in my opinion.

 

Chompmom 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzuZfzXnL2q/?igshid=1kjf3i0cxof10

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ujNTWJ0vz/?igshid=19i9c0tkjqaee

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw_WcLCJFLG/?igshid=bq79mbni09et

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvaeUeJnRxR/?igshid=jmfx2hk7g055

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtwshkXn6GR/?igshid=khos8010mk0h

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtR16wvndIZ/?igshid=ihs0be1tajcb

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs-EwfgHwOc/?igshid=16f3r1e3qhica

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3ROdanWit/?igshid=18nou4rhksuwi

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsab1jUHivd/?igshid=19byqiog974mq

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqzGTJDn8u7/?igshid=1032hkmuvl457

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkv6TQMFmMd/?igshid=1l6mwnq993vdj

 

Kristen (@fullproofbaking)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJ9oXmnlGt/?igshid=1djhtk1cdh23i

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJ9oXmnlGt/?igshid=1t890zxosbicu

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsqJVKQnhrj/?igshid=57mftiq100l7

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsgirzAHhpk/?igshid=spa25ytqwbd1

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuY1vZ9Hkmj/?igshid=1uf8l68w019x6

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrgRkgnHhh8/?igshid=1rj63pt3fbzx4

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqu25EMnkYJ/?igshid=1vxhvanfllcas

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqhw36Wne-M/?igshid=t14io0owmmqi

https://www.instagram.com/p/BppA2NzHeXh/?igshid=bitl8s697rlv

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpRy2MKHRUV/?igshid=1but0r1ugvbqq

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_wPjeniJs/?igshid=phreakcfz5c4

 

SharonKuan

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1XgzTrpvZa/?igshid=m7lcz0cd7jnm

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByrGCjDJ7JW/?igshid=13gpo9ct2f1tz

https://www.instagram.com/p/BseAqFWHFli/?igshid=1rrnjvqglg8ek

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk80gTyFJmq/?igshid=qj4750m80wwn

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkEfBDZl4r7/?igshid=zdb3oy8muv5b

 

Rocio (@rociocapelo)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2t3Id6D8Dv/?igshid=uvyqagpsf65y

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwoy1kTHpAm/?igshid=1vmo72vwpbxhy

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwoy1kTHpAm/?igshid=zjvt76n0ctnc

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtxqsWwnVO8/?igshid=1w2yor2ejmj8c

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsfxIEXnOln/?igshid=3ycluz13926l

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_kyronJ77/?igshid=c5l08ju7zyy1

 

Letizia (@letiziabruno_sdz)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1O0vUyol-g/?igshid=14e8c1o1n13mb

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxSqrnvFUMa/?igshid=16ascc5qq0kcs

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrVPz_sAPKi/?igshid=601gynsr6u15

 

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idaveindy

Dan, Does Mrs. Ayo ever feel like an "Instagram Husband"?  ;-)   (What does she think of that video I linked?)

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DanAyo

Dave, neither one of us knows squat about Instagram or Facebook for that matter. We don’t have a clue...

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MTloaf

An open even crumb is the gold standard for many bakers. They're looking for open crumb with a light airy texture and moderate sized alveoli, but don't want any dense areas or too many overly large holes or tunnels. Something that would still make for great sandwiches and toast – but that isn't a factory- style pan loaf.

They're after the honeycomb pattern.

Don't let the name fool you. Honeycomb crumb isn't necessarily a perfect matrix of even-sized alveoli. Some holes will be bigger, some smaller. Some might cluster a little heavier to one side than another.

But as a whole, a slice of honeycomb bread will have a fairly even texture all the way through -- with only moderate variation in hole size, and little clustering.

Honeycomb-patterned bread is very light. A slice is like the cross section of a cloud, mostly air. It's very soft and billowy, almost delicate. The evenly spaced and open alveoli are perfectly suited for catching butter or jam. Indeed, a slice of honeycombed bread will likely take twice as much butter due to its deep regular spaced holes.

And it was practically made for toasting.

Honeycomb crumb is very difficult to achieve. It takes a combination of well-developed dough, perfect fermentation, and extremely gentle handling. But the reward can be well worth the challenge.

For the highest representation of the Honeycomb pattern, the crumb should be lacy as well. Lacy honeycomb is a dream. It truly looks like the honeycomb found in a hive. And its achievement tastes just as sweet.

 

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DanAyo

GREAT! MT

Trevor is a communicator extraordinaire. He says things in such a descriptive way and at the same time does it with such grace. I’ve actually asked him to consider writing a novel. <For True>

I suspect that Lacy Honeycomb crumb will challenge us as much, and probably more than any other type of crumb. Thanks for posting that.

Danny

MTloaf's picture
MTloaf

A Dremmel tool and some varnish and with a steady hand you could make whatever crumb shot you want!! 

TwoCats's picture
TwoCats

Count me in! I would love to be able to achieve this crumb consistently.

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Alan.H

I would be delighted to call any one of them mine,......if only!  But if I had to choose I would go with middle right.

A honeycomb crumb is what I would like to see every time I cut into a freshly baked loaf but so rarely do, so I think a community bake based on that would be a great idea and I look forward to taking part and learning more. Thank you Dan for putting this forward.

Alan

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TwoCats

How are folks doing on their progress on the lacy crumb?

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DanAyo

TwoCats, the proposed Community Bake, featuring HoneyComb Lace was put on the back burner. The baker that was supposed to work with us cancelled because of time constraints.

If you have any ideas, please let me know. I really would like to do this CB, but we need someone to head it with experience and success with this type of crumb.

Unfortunately, the bakers that I am aware of that are producing this type of crumb on a regular basis are extremely rare.

At the present we are hosting the current Community Bake featuring Whole Wheat bread.
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/62486/community-bake-approachable-loaf-bread-lab

Danny