I called into South Metro Tafe Beaconsfield yesterday to make a booking for lunch at Quinlan's Training Restaurant for next week and was informed that the facility will be closing for good at the end of this term which is only 5 weeks away. I was given the opportunity to endulge myself and spend this morning with a number of Commercial Cookery students in the training restaurants bakery. Under the circumstances i thought it wise to grab the chance while i could. As i did a test run with the 10% Millet bread posted here just yesterday i opted to do that but a much larger dough 5Kg of flour and using the big Hobart mixer. this was followed by a fruit dough 5Kg making Cinnamon Scrolls just like we used to make for the Cancer Councils fund raising Australia's biggest morning tea. All four students were very attentive and were picking up their hand skills very quickly. i will be back next week but seated in the restaurant see the menu.
This was quite a quick acting dough and when shaped i decided to make the loaf placed upside down in a banneton to prove but like the old uprights that can be pulled apart quite easily , look a bit like siamese twins. The Aroma is quite divine if the taste is half as good i will be well pleased!
50% Wholemeal Spelt with White Spelt and 50% Greek Yoghurt
Whilst at the IGA store waiting for my script to be filled at the chemist i spotted a tub of greek yoghurt discounted to 99 cents and decided it would be nice to use in a bread. When i got home i worked out a formula for using wholemeal spelt and spelt flour and the yoghurt enough to make a 750g loaf.
w/m spelt 220g spelt 220g salt 8.8g butter 8.8g yeast dried 8.8g greek yoghurt 220g water (but reqd more) 66g
i mixed this dough by hand on the bench and it did require a good bit of extra water more than stated in the formula which was counting the yohgurt as liquid and with the water was 65% i added more than 20 g which would have bought the hydration up to 70%. mixing completed at 11.45 and it then proved for 2 hours 13.45 and as i was going to be giving my grand nephew a driving lesson in the mid afternoon decided to place the shaped loaf into a banneton right side up into a plastic bag and into the fridge. Upon my return it had proved quite nicely and was tipped into a cold dutch oven and then into the hot oven at 5,20 baking for the first 12 minutes with the lid on then the rest of the bake with it off. it is a lovely soft textured and flavoursome bread that should have great keeping qualities, if it last that long.
It was a Great day to have the oven on last week with a cold blustery day outside, decided on a fruit loaf as the grand daughter was having a sleepover that night. i had a new bread tin that has a sliding lid in the cupboard so it was going to have its maiden bake and here it is sweet dough with 50% Pitted Prune Pan Loaf. hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Yesterday i gave good old Black and Gold flour a run. The sour dough culture was revived from its slumber (2 months away) and was good to go. i decided it was time to try Chad Robertson's Tartine Country loaf. The formula differs from my normal 3:2:1 which has the levan @33% CR uses 20%. I didn't have any wholemeal flour on hand so substituted that for Kakulas Sisters Multigrain flour i also added some wheatgerm too but other than that it pretty much followed the formula in his book. i also used less water too. The method was to combine the levan and the water first then to add the flours and bring together into a cohesive mass leaving the salt aside for the Autolyse (rest) period, Mine lasted an hour, you then sprinkle over the salt and work it into the dough with a squeezing action until it dissipates the dough is then set aside in a good sized container and allowed to rest covered for an hour, the dough is then given a series of stretch and folds each hour and set to rest again each time i did S & F's over 4 hours, on the 5th hour the dough was turned out onto the bench and divided into 1 piece @750g for my regular Banneton and the other @ over 1100g for my longer larger Banneton. The dough pieces were pre shaped and allowed further bench rest of around half an hour, they were then shaped and inverterd in the bannetons (seam side up) they were placed in the much maligned single use plastic shopping bag (no longer single use) to protect from droughts and skinning, it also catches transpiration gases and moisture and maintains a moist environment for the dough piece to expand. The kitchen was quite cool @19 deg C so i used the Subaru wagon sitting outside in the sun with a very pleasant 31 degrees C Just about perfect. After just over 2 hours the proof was now ready the oven was pre heated to the max the tray with boiling water and a terry towel hand towel was doing its thing in the bottom of the oven the first loaf was tipped out onto a hot baking sheet and scored and into the oven the temperature was set at 210 C. The idea of cranking up to max is that a lot of the hot air is lost when the door is opened for loading plus the steam generation is also lowering the temp as steam is formed at 100. the steam tray is pulled from the oven after 10 to 15 minutes once the crust is set and there is no more oven spring taking place. the bake takes 30 to 35 minutes to complete. On this occasion the second loaf followed the first, i had placed this in the fridge whilst the first loaf baked just to slow its development. Over all very happy with the result and will be trying this one again quite soon, It will be a good swap for some caper bush cuttings and possibly some caper seeds too from Fiona
i have attached a chart showing the differences from the Chad Robertson formula and mine
I will be travelling away from Australia to Europe later this year and looking for some s/d starter to use on my adventure, meeting other bakers is also great fun. I will be staying in Huddersfield (UK) but also Guizerex in the Sth of France, Barga in Tuscany and also Rome in Italy Time frame is May - June. Not long now
I made some bread today to give away as a thankyou to some one that belongs to the local facebook "available for Barter" group its an Orange and Poppyseed loaf. its the first time i've made it and was quite pleased with the result the smaller loaf was for us and the other for giving away.
the dough was a 3 hour dough
the larger loaf weighed off at 500g the smaller one was 334g
There is 0.5% Turmeric in this dough 2% salt 2% lard 2% poppy seed and 1% dry yeast 13,75% OJ 42% water 1 Egg
thought I would share this nice little loaf that I made for a friend the other day its 50% wholemeal with home brew stout, a yeasted loaf. Unfortunately no inside shot as it was given away and well received by a friend that was showing us his commercial smoking equipment that can also bake a loaf of bread but not at the same time of course .
I was looking at doing a loaf from Elizabeth David's English Bread and Yeast Cookery book Potato Bread from around 19th century, I ended up having to improvise, I used wholemeal Spelt instead of wholewheatmeal @ 30% then when weighing up the 70% white flour ran out and had to add a small amount of multigrain. The potato was 13% and I also used the potato water from boiling them, with half milk for the liquid. In the book it said that this bread was particularly popular for the making of toast and that the loaf was soft ,moist and airy to which I can concur. Not quite following the book but pretty close to it and definitely one I will make again