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enBread vs The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking
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<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Bread vs The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">Daan</span> on February 22, 2013 - 10:01am.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I have both excellent books: Bread (second edition) by Jeffrey Hamelman and The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking by the French Culinary Institute.</p>
<p>Oddly enough: the breads I make from Hamelman turn out te be always a big success. Of course, sometimes after the second try but the work, they turn out well.<br />
My breads from FCI never work... I have the impression the doughs are always too wet. Even when the overall formula is almost identical!</p>
<p>For instance:<br />
Ciabatta with liquid sourdough from CFI has 73% hydration. Also the Ciabatta with a stiff biga has 73% hydration.<br />
I baked both recipes. Of course, it's 2 completely different techniques.</p>
<p>The one from CFI turned out to be flat breads with no holes. The Hamelman version was a lovely ciabatta!!!!</p>
<p>And this is only one example. I have the same problem with other recipes from both books.</p>
<p>Is anyone having the same issue?<br />
Is it because my flower is more or less the same than the one that Hamelman uses but not as absorbing as the one that FCI uses?<br />
I notice that sometimes flowers give different results. I live in Belgium. When I visit my sister in South Africa and I bake bread: I have to use up to 10% more water! (for regular baker's yeast bread).</p>
<p>Some findings or advice would be useful...<br />
Thank you in advance!</p>
<p>Daan.</p></div></div></div>Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:01:32 +0000Daan32390 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/32390/bread-vs-fundamental-techniques-classic-bread-baking#commentsl = (f + 1)n alpha baker needs beta help
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/25125/l-f-1n-alpha-baker-needs-beta-help
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>l = (f + 1)n alpha baker needs beta help</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">freerk</span> on September 18, 2011 - 9:17am.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>I'm having a discussion with myself here regarding a formula I found to calculate layers in laminated dough.</p><p><em>l</em> = (<em>f</em> + 1)<em>n </em></p><p>L being # of finished layers, F # of folds and N being the # of times the dough is folded.</p><p>Seriously lacking in the math department myself it probably is a better idea to ask for help!</p><p>I understand the formula, but I'm uncertain as to where the formula starts counting. Here is my point: if I lock in the butter, which I wouldn't "count" as a "fold", I start out with 3 layers anyway, right? So... that will effect the total number of layers by an extra factor of 3... or am I completely nuts.</p><p>Or is it just as simple as this: one sheet of dough with butter locked in= one layer?</p><p>Any pointers?</p><p>Thanks for helping me out</p><p>Freerk</p><p> P.S. You would do me a big favor endorsing my <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-BreadLab/168345623245227" rel="nofollow">BreadLab</a> iniative. Every "like" will get me closer to realizing a 6 episode documentary/road movie; chasing the best bread Europe has to offer. Thanks in advance!</p></div></div></div>Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:17:58 +0000freerk25125 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/25125/l-f-1n-alpha-baker-needs-beta-help#commentsNeed help figuring out formula for this bread.
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/24412/need-help-figuring-out-formula-bread
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Need help figuring out formula for this bread.</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">eschneider5</span> on July 24, 2011 - 11:01am.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>I wanted to start a new thread for this. I need to find out the formula for this bread which is also a sandwich roll. The roll has a slight sour taste to it, the crumb is soft and chewy, the crust is thin and crunchy. The crust is the big mystery for me as it is unlike any baguette that I have made or eaten before. This crust is much thinner than a baguette which makes it great as a sandwich roll. Help please!</p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG162.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG163.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG164.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG165.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG166.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG167.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG168.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG174.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG172.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG171.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p><p><img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m84/eschneider5/IMG175.jpg" alt="" class="bb-image" /></p></div></div></div>Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:01:30 +0000eschneider524412 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/24412/need-help-figuring-out-formula-bread#commentsHydration: Effect of potatoes?
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22364/hydration-effect-potatoes
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Hydration: Effect of potatoes?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">Scott Grocer</span> on February 22, 2011 - 5:25pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Does anybody have a good rule of thumb for calculating the hydration of a dough when it includes plain, cooked and mashed potato?</p>
<p>According to the USDA: Potatoes, baked, flesh, without salt (100 grams) contain on average 75.42 grams of water. That sounds right I guess, but how much of that moisture is available to the dough, and how should I adjust hydration in relation to potato content?</p>
<p>Thanks</p></div></div></div>Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:25:18 +0000Scott Grocer22364 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22364/hydration-effect-potatoes#commentsHelp adapt formula for use with levain
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/21969/help-adapt-formula-use-levain
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Help adapt formula for use with levain</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">Scott Grocer</span> on February 3, 2011 - 1:38pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>I've got a formula for a nice American style pizza dough that rises in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours, but I was thinking about swapping the instant dry yeast and long ferment for a levain so I could do silly stuff like make same day sub rolls or maybe even soft dinner rolls. Mostly I just wanted something to experiment with.</p>
<p>The problem is that I just can't seem to grasp how to adapt the formula. I was thinking about plugging say, 20% Biga (100% flour, 60% water, 0.2% yeast) into the following formula in place of the IDY:</p>
<blockquote>
<p>AP Flour 100%<br />Water 60%<br />Honey 3%<br />Oil 2.8%<br />Sugar 2%<br />Salt 1.65%<br />IDY 0.40%</p>
</blockquote>
<p>I've spent the afternoon playing with the Levain section of Dolf's incredible dough calculator spreadsheet from <a href="http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/4635/dough-calculator-spreadsheet-available">http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/4635/dough-calculator-spreadsheet-available</a> , but I'm still where I started: confused. If anybody could offer some tips about how to do it, I'd be really grateful.</p>
<p>I hope this isn't too obvious a question,</p>
<p>Thanks.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:38:41 +0000Scott Grocer21969 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/21969/help-adapt-formula-use-levain#commentshow to use biga and poolish (preferment ratio agains the dough)
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/15246/how-use-biga-and-poolish-preferment-ratio-agains-dough
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>how to use biga and poolish (preferment ratio agains the dough)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">markie_oliver</span> on December 31, 2009 - 10:43am.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Hi folks!, I've been making loaves, for a few months already and I'm quite satisfied with my white bread so far(this is my way to start mastering the craft)although most of the people here are doing either whole wheat or multigrain with their formulas. My question is I would like to make a big batch of biga or poolish then retard them for future use but I don't know how to compute the ratio against the dough eg: let say i would like to use 500 grams flour as base for the dough so how many percent of biga or poolish should i use. I bet big bakeries have their pre ferments always available for their everyday use. I hope my question does make sense and thanks for considering it. your help wil be highly appreciated.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:43:16 +0000markie_oliver15246 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/15246/how-use-biga-and-poolish-preferment-ratio-agains-dough#commentsSourdough 1.1.2. - new formula for Sourdough Bread
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/13718/sourdough-112-new-formula-sourdough-bread
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Sourdough 1.1.2. - new formula for Sourdough Bread</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">md_massimino</span> on September 24, 2009 - 2:22pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>I've been trying and trying to get my sourdough bread up but have had little success. The 1-2-3 recipe worked out ok except it was always too gloppy to make anything but ciabatta. So I started experimenting with different forumlas, twice a day for two weeks. I think I've hit on something and I'd like some of you guys to maybe try it out and see if it works as well for someon else as it does for me.</p>
<p>I maintain two starters...a 100% hydration white and 100% hydration whole wheat. I used Gold Medal AP Flour for everything, both refreshing the starter and making the dough. If I want a wheat bread I use the wheat starter in the recipe, the same a white bread. All ingredients are measured in grams for simplicity's sake. So here's the formula:</p>
<p><strong>1. part ripe starter</strong></p>
<p><strong>1. part water</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. parts flour</strong></p>
<p><strong>2% salt</strong></p>
<p>Here's my technique. I take a nice ripe starter and measure out the first part. Normally I use 150g as a base. Then I stir in 1 part water (150g) to make a slurry. To this I add the 2 parts flour (300g) and mix in to incorporate. I use a fork and my fingers to get everything mixed completely. After everything is mixed I let it sit for about 20 minutes to autolyse.</p>
<p>After the autolyse I sprinkle in the 2% salt (12g) and give the dough a quick 5 minute knead in the bowl. Part of this experiment was to cut down on the amount of crap I had to wash and clean up. After the knead I let rise until doubled. This could take anywhere from 1-3 hours.</p>
<p>After the dough has doubled, I flour a work surface and scrape out the dough. It's should be a little on the sticky side but easily workable on the bench. I've only made batards and baguettes so far, but the dough could probably hold other shapes. I shape it into a rough oblong, give it a flatten, then do a quick letter fold and let it rest about 10 minutes. Now a stretch, flatten and make either the baguette or batard. I have a makeshift couche (read: old napkin) that sometimes doesn't work so well, so I tend to place the formed loaf right onto parchment with a little cornmeal on it.</p>
<p>After the loaf is formed you can do two things, cover it and let it rise to about doubled. I use spray oil to lubricate a piece of saran wrap so it won't stick to the loaf. Again, this takes about 1-3 hours for me, your mileage may vary. About halfway through the second rise preheat oven to 450. Steam the oven, slash the loaf and put bread on a stone or cookie sheet. After five minutes I give the oven another spray for more steam. After another five minutes I give the bread a turn for even browning and reduce heat to 425 for another 15 minutes or so. Here's how the white bread turns out...</p>
<p><img src="http://www.thefreshloaf.com/../../files/u12525/sourdough%201-1-2%20003-small_0.jpg" border="0" alt="Sourdough White Bread" width="648" height="488" /></p>
<p>and here's the wheat...</p>
<p><img src="http://www.thefreshloaf.com/../../files/u12525/sourdough%201-1-2%20004-small_0.jpg" border="0" width="648" height="488" /></p>
<p>I've also formed the loaves and retarded overnight in the fridge. This really brings out the sourdough twang. I'm also experiemting with the salt percentage, 2% feels too high in some loaves. </p>
<p>I would appreciate it if someone else could validate this recipe and let me know if it worked out as well for them. Thanks!</p></div></div></div>Thu, 24 Sep 2009 21:22:53 +0000md_massimino13718 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/13718/sourdough-112-new-formula-sourdough-bread#commentsCemitas anyone?
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/9319/cemitas-anyone
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Cemitas anyone?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">sethward</span> on October 25, 2008 - 12:14pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Does anyone have a good bread formula for cemitas? These are sandwiches served in Puebla, Mexico. Here is a link to a recent show featuring them:</p><p> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYeeUUpPkks">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYeeUUpPkks</a> </p></div></div></div>Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:14:31 +0000sethward9319 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/9319/cemitas-anyone#commentsAutolayse + Stretch and Fold
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/8611/autolayse-stretch-and-fold
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Autolayse + Stretch and Fold</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">pixy</span> on September 11, 2008 - 6:35pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Hi, I have been looking a lot on your site and got excited by the idea of "autolayse". Wheat is naturally water resistant so the idea of letting it sit and soak is great. While trying to fully understand how autolayse works I ran across "stretch and fold" which also sounds wonderful. The idea of slowly stretching and folding rather than the hard work of kneading it by hand (I don't have a mixer). I would like to know how to use these methods with all my bread baking. How can I take recipes that my family and I already like and incorporate the autolayse and stretch and fold methods? Does anyone know more about one or both of these methods. I have been searching the web and all I can find are definations and a several descriptions of how wonderful the bread looks. There must be some basic formulas for both of these methods. </p><p>Pixy</p></div></div></div>Fri, 12 Sep 2008 01:35:46 +0000pixy8611 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/8611/autolayse-stretch-and-fold#commentsReinhart's Master Formula
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/5876/reinhart039s-master-formula
<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Reinhart's Master Formula</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-submitted-by field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Submitted by <span class="username">Bred Maverick</span> on February 9, 2008 - 8:09pm.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Today, I made Peter Reinhart's master formula whole wheat bread from his new book Whole Grain Breads. According to the text, soakers "change the way the dough performs, usually sweetening it and creating a richer more golden crust."</p><p>Normally, I never add sweetner to my sourdough recipes. Interestingly, I see that most of the recipes in the book call for a whopping 2 - 3 Tablespoons of honey or agave nectar; sugar or brown sugar, so I wonder if that is the reason why the bread is sweetened ....</p><p>Diane</p><p>Upstate NY </p><p> </p><p> </p></div></div></div>Sun, 10 Feb 2008 04:09:22 +0000Bred Maverick5876 at http://www.thefreshloaf.comhttp://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/5876/reinhart039s-master-formula#comments