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Thegreenbaker

Woo! Hoo!

Referring back to my blog about not being able to make my bread rise..........well, it rose!

I adapted a recipe from BBA. I have been wanting to make Pane Siciliano but time wasnt permitting so I used the Anadama Bread recipe but didnt use the soker. I added 1 cup of fine semolina,

1 cup gluten flour and 2 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour (wholemeal) 2 teaspoons of yeast, salt, 2 TBSPN Barley Malt and about 2 1/2 cups of water.

 

I did this as I didnt have time to do the soker over night then then let the shaped dough rise in the fridge etc.

 

I had just about EVERYTHING crossed watching the dough rise much more strongly than it has before. I folded it let it rise again then cut it into two pieces and made a sandwich loaf out of one and a batard out of the other.

They still looked a bit dubious when I put them into the 500 degree oven (approx....it was 250 celcius-I'm in OZ) Well after a few times misting, I looked in to see my batard and grown about 20%. I squealed with such delight. I made My partner and 4 year old daughter come over to look.

When the baking was done, I put my Batard on the bread board and danced around with it.

My sandwich loaf rose higher than they ever have. And this is difficult as I dont have a proper loaf tin. It is very wide and has quite low sides compared to the loaf tins I have seen on this site. So I was quite chuffed at my success.

 

It was never my technique, it was my ingredients!

The crust is lovely, I had pretty holey crumb *bounces* The bread is a bit, chewy maybe, but I think I could stand to reduce the gluten flour and add a bit of fat to that recipe to soften it :)

 

I am soooo happy! *said with mouthful of vegemite toast*

 

thegreenbacker

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Joe Fisher

I ran myself right out of bread flour today :)

First we have some poppyseed "bloomers." Last time I followed the recipe to make one loaf and it was gigantic! This time I broke it in two.

 

To bring to dinner at my brother's house today, I made a pile of grissini. These are super easy to make and very tasty, what with the extra virgin olive oil and rosemary in them.

 

Then, of course, my old stand by. Rheinhart's NY Deli sourdough rye. Always a big favorite with those sautee'd onions and caraway in there. Soft as can be and twice as delicious :)

 

-Joe

 

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mattie405

My pizza and bread , still in the learning stage but getting better. at least they taste really good.

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PMcCool

My Valentine present, which had been back-ordered, showed up while I was out of town last week: the KAF Whole Grain Baking book.  My, oh my, oh my!  There is some serious baking to do!  Since our grandson is staying with us for part of his spring break and since he loves cinnamon toast for breakfast, I decided to start last evening with the honey oatmeal bread recipe, which has a cinnamon swirl option.  It contains honey and oatmeal, natch, as well as whole wheat flour, unbleached AP flour, butter and other good things.  I didn't have any nonfat dry milk on hand, but the bread doesn't seem to have suffered any as a result.  The cinnamon swirl mixture contains egg white, brown sugar, cinnamon (2 tablespoons!) and flour. 

The texture is surprisingly light for a mostly whole grain bread, as well as being moist and tender.  It toasts up wonderfully, with both the honey and the cinnamon flavors being very noticeable.  Here's a picture:

Honey oatmeal cinnamon swirl

I think that the egg white and flour in the cinnamon mixture kept the layers of the roll from separating or creating pockets, as has often been the case with other recipes that I have made.

This was everything that I anticipated, and more, so I have high hopes for other recipes in the book.  The only downside may be a dent in my pocket to buy spelt and other not-so-common flours, if and when I can find them locally. 

Paul

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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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