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Humility, discard bread

AnnieT's picture

Humility, discard bread

I know very well not to place 2 loaves close to each other or they will "burst" on the adjacent sides. So why in the world did I line up 4 pans of discard bread across the oven shelf? They were almost touching, and yup, each one burst open. I had 4 cups of starter and made the dough a little softer than usual - and the crumb is light and tender. I also decided to bake them from cold and the bottom crusts are very dark  Hopefully the neighbors won't be too critical. My only excuse is a rotten cough and cold which must have affected my thinking, A.


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Yup, a cold can do it.  You just wanted it over in one batch instead of two so you could rest.  Not a problem if you keep your bread, you can sleep longer because you won't run out.  Sure you want to give them away?

Mini O

AnnieT's picture

I think you are right about me wanting to get the bake over in one fell swoop, even though the little voice in my head was telling me it wasn't a good idea. As to giving the bread away, I HAVE to or I won't be able to face my doctor. My neighbors expect the bread fairy to leave a loaf on their porch every week or so and I didn't bake at all last week. The "discard" bread has evolved into raisin bread which they seem to like. I have to make Susan's sourdough today and will get my windows washed in payment, yay! A.

josordoni's picture

Kissing crusts that's what we call the bit where bread touches and breaks.

 I love it and deliberately put bread too close together to get that soft kissy bit.