Miche taste test... take two!
For my second miche taste test I wanted to do two things: compare King Arthur High-Extraction flour against Central Milling Type 85 Malted, and experiment with a smaller loaf after the comment from one of my tasters that the first loaf was "gummy" (though he ended up liking that loaf the best.) Above is a closeup of the result, with the Central Milling loaf on the left.
As you can see, the King Arthur flour has higher ash content which led to a difference in taste that I found distracting (it actually did taste like ash, or chalk, but to a very subtle degree) while others didn't mind it. The crumb turned out great and this 75% formula (producing a loaf that's a bit over 3 lbs vs the 2 Kg full-size miche) is an ideal size for a 5 qt dutch oven if you're using that method.
The complete results of the 2nd miche test are available here: http://wp.me/p1S3Ig-lp  . The first taste test is at http://wp.me/p1S3Ig-kY  and my TFL post about it is at http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30470/threeway-miche-taste-test-results  . Thanks for reading... and commenting!