Whole Wheat Boule #2
After some nice feedback and advice from Syd, I mixed up another batch of the 25% WW bread formula I've been working on. My only (very small) complaint about the last boule was the crust. It just didn't stay "crunchy" for long. As a matter of fact, it lost all of it's crispiness while it was on the cooling rack. This, I was told, was caused by not driving off enough moisture during the bake. Turns out that I may have done a couple of things to contribute to that...
This batch was exactly the same as the last one i.e., ingredient weights, mixing speed, kneading time, overnight retarded bulk fermentation, etc... However, I paid particular attention to the proofing of the dough after forming it into a boule. Every 5 minutes I did the "finger proof test" while the oven was pre-heating so the oven would be ready (this time :) ) when the dough was ready. I was able to see / feel the changes in the dough over time. At around 20 minutes, (after poking my finger in the dough) it sprang back slowly while still leaving a small indentation. This must have been just right because the oven spring for this bread was even better than the last one (that I thought I over proofed a bit).
I also played with the baking temps / times a bit to see if this improved the crust. I'll get a pic of the crumb up later but I'm sure it's going to be just fine. I proofed the dough in my $1 proofing basket lined with a textured towel dusted with flour and got some nice markings :)
Make sure you click on the pic to enlarge it (the iPhone sure does take awesome pics!)
Here's a shot of the crumb... it's dense but tastes great!