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Thegreenbaker

And I have forgotten how to make bread.

 

Not only has life gotten so much more busy with the onset of school, new friendships to maintain and entertain, but I just cant get it right!

 

My bread is heavy, moist or dry (just depends) and even though it rises when being ferments or proofed, it doesnt do much in the oven. It is crubmly although it has that elastic bread feel.

It is just so dense. *frustrated look*

I cook with wholemeal flour. I wonder if I just got used to eating "Comercial Bakery" bought breads that are light, soft and usually 70% white highly processed bleached flour, and 30wholemeal flour.

I never buy packet off the supermarket shelf bread, but the bakeries around here are few and far between, so I have been buying from a bakery called "bakers delight" Nothing like real bread but closer than plastic bread hey.

 

Anyhoo, I digress somewhat,

I am wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what the *insert curse word here* is going on. Have I lost my knack? Do I ned more practice? Do I need different flour?

 

I just puirchased some high gluten flour and was thinking of mixing it with my wholemeal flour to give it extra strength incase it is the flour quality.

I know I could search the archives, but please forgive me, time is short ATM.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season :)

 

its almost time for the next one isnt it?

 

thefrustratedgreenbaker.

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dickgeneva

Quite often,my loaves will rise unevenly in the oan and break open along one side of the loaf.

I've tried changing from dark to light colored pans,adjusted the moisture,adjusted the amount of

yeast,changed the oven temp,etc. but it still happens. Any thoughts from anyone out there? 

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Caro_

Just tried to post a photo and comment with it. Did it workd and where did it go?

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white_poplar

I am new to bread making... But managed to whip up these rolls. The recipe for the dough is from BBA.

 

 

Interior:

 

 

The recipe is here

 

***Edited Link***

 

http://anhsfoodblog.blogspot.com/search?q=Blueberry+Ricotta+Sweet+Buns 

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Joe Fisher

My sourdough techniques have really come a long way. This weekend's loaf was far and away the best I've made. Delicious, sour, great crumb and texture, it had it all. I used about 25% whole wheat flour.

So what's for dinner? Turkey bacon lightly fried in a skillet then put on top of tangy Greek grilling cheese on my fresh sourdough. The whole sandwich goes back on the skillet and a hot cast iron skillet is put on top to press it down. Some green beans lightly sautee'd with garlic and extra virgin olive oil, and some garlic dill pickles to round it out.

Oh, and a pint of English ale. Who's got it better than me? :)

-Joe

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Nell

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jonty

I had one of the nicer Saturdays in a while this past weekend (thanks to a trip to Trader Joe's and the local Farmers' Market), and I followed it up by baking the pain au lait I prepared on Friday night into cream cheese snails and pain aux raisins.

Couple of things:

I have to make sure I work faster next time. I kept on re-rolling the dough for the pain aux raisins because I wasn't happy with my rectangle, and the dough started to get warm and stick like crazy. In the end, the dough was uneven, and some parts were thinner than others, resulting in major tearing. Some of the rolls were more like blobs of dough, raisins, and cinnamon.

I should make less cream cheese filling next time. After measuring out the amount specified in the recipe, I realized I had only a spoonful more of cream cheese left in the package so I threw it in. The snails ended up covered in, rather than filled with, cream cheese. Still tasty, though.

When I finished, I realized I had around 2 dozen pastries (after eating some, of course) that I would never be able to eat before they went bad. So, I ended up bringing them to my rehearsal tonight. All but one cream cheese snail were taken.

Agenda for next week: try the cranberry-chocolate sweet buns. Well, raspberry-chocolate sweet buns (no frozen cranberries at TJ's).

EDIT:  Oh, I forgot! I finally got my own instant yeast (I had been using my roommate's active dry). Amazing stuff.

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Floydm

Sourdough loaves

I baked three loaves of sourdough yesterday. The dough was lower hydration than I typically do, but they turned out real nice.

I also made pita bread for lunch. The kids loved rolling them out and eating them. I have to remember to make them more often.

The new job at Mercy Corps is keeping me very busy, which is why I am less active here. I'm extremely excited about being there though. It is a great organization full of great people. I couldn't ask for a much better place to work.

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Squid

I figured I'd start this blog to track my bread-making and encourage constructive criticism so that I can improve my bread-making skills. Feedback is welcome.

Sorry, I posted this elsewhere before realizing I should start a blog. This is my 5th attempt at bread-making. My first sourdough bread, cultivated a la Nancy Silverton's instructions using grapes. It had a definite sour taste, but I don't have any personal experiece to compare it to (other that what I've bought). My next attempt will be with SourdoLady's starter and I also have an Italian starter to which I can really compare my homemade starters.

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TinGull

Made some pizza last night.  It finally got over 50 degrees here and for whatever reason I was in a major pizza mood! 

Made this dough with flax meal added to it.  Nice stuff.  I baked it on my Lodge cast iron griddle that preheated in my oven for an hour at 550 degrees.  That's why the pizzas are a little odd shaped.  but mmmm, so tasty.  Also, some ciabatta's from a couple weeks ago.  

 

ciabattas

 

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