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bread made with commercial and wild yeast

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ejm

bread made with commercial and wild yeast

semi-wild bread

The cooler weather has set in with a vengeance and whenever it is windy, our draughty house is even colder than usual. Consequently, I was once again having difficulty getting dough and/or shaped bread to rise.

cold kitchen = SLOW rise

So I decided to add a tiny bit of commercial yeast to our wild bread recipe. The dough still took forever to rise - it was after midnight when I took the bread out of the oven. I had hoped and expected to be baking the bread just before dinner at around 19:30... but I didn't get to shape it until 19:00!!

I really should have taken a photo of the bread just before it went into the oven. It was easily half the height. Talk about oven spring!

semi-wild bread

The crumb was nicely chewy and the flavour had a slight sour tone but a lovely nutty flavour. Even though the crust was quite dark, there was not even a hint of burnt aroma or taste.

Here is the recipe I used:

semi-wild bread

-Elizabeth

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nbicomputers

do what i do

place a small tv table or folding table in the bathroom and run the shower for 5 or ten minuter the room will get warm and steamy

great place for the bread to rise

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Eli

Those look great and beautiful color!

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ejm

Thank you, Eli. We were pretty pleased. The bread tasted great with Puy lentils!

That sounds like a good idea, nbic; but how do you keep the room warm? In the winter, our bathroom would cool off pretty quickly even with the door closed.

I keep meaning to remember use our camping cooler for bread rising. If I put a bowl of warm water in the cooler with the rising bread, that should do the trick. It wouldn't work for shaped bread though....

-Elizabeth