White French Pullman from The Pain d' Avignon Baking Book
This is my second bake from the book. They refer to the recipe as White French Pullman aka Pain de Mie.
I'm enjoying the book so far. A good read, and the author does a good job with telling the history of the bakers and the bakery and how they have developed and grown. Likewise, they do a pretty good job of explaining their methods and how their methods are used in each of the bread and pastry recipes in the book. What I do like is that while their methods are familiar, they're different enough from what I do that I've learned from both recipes (first was a banana bread).
Three facets of this bake were new to me... a long, refrigerated fermentation for the poolish, no folding or gluten development (only punching down the dough), and a really strong bake for a dark, flavorful crust (and I didn't go as long or as hot as called for). The result... Not my prettiest work. My shaping for pan loaves is out of practice and was a lumpy mess to begin with. And... Learned that I either need a new razor or need to lubricate it with a little oil before trying to score a warm, fragile dough. It stuck and pulled more than it sliced and my diamond pattern turned into... well.... something not diamond shaped. :-)
All the good news though... The dark crust did smell great out of the oven. Not sure I could have gone for 40 minutes at 500 deg, but I will push it a little harder next time. The crumb is custardy and creamy. It's tender, but not at all shreddable. I would say the exact opposite. It's firm. I've made toast and a grilled sandwich with it. The exterior becomes nice and crunchy but the interior stays "creamy". A fun bake for something with only white flour, water, salt, and ADY.
43.2g All Purpose Flour
43.2g Bread Flour
0.3g Active Dry Yeast
1) Disperse yeast in the water. Mix in flour until completely mixed with no dry flour clumps. Target temp = 75 deg F
2) Ferment at 75 deg F for 2 hours. Refrigerate for 13-14 hours.
** Poolish should be at least double in size, have some bubbles on surface, and pass the float test.**
156.8g All Purpose Flour
156.8g Bread Flour
0.7g Active Dry Yeast
1) Disperse yeast in the water.
2) When yeast is completely dispersed, mix in poolish until completely and evenly mixed
3) Add flour and gently mix until all flours are fully wetted. Shouldn't take more than 3-4 minutes.
4) Fermentolyse for 30 minutes
5) Add salt slowly and mix in using pinch and squeeze until completely and evenly mixed.
6) Bulk ferment at 75 deg F for 4 hours. Thoroughly punch down dough to degas after 2 hours and then again after 3 hours.
7) Preshape into a round using a bench scraper
8) Bench rest 20 minutes
9) Final shape for a Pullman pan. Gently pat down to evenly distribute the dough.
10) Final proof at 75 deg F for 3-5 hours.
11) Preheat oven to 500 deg F. Quickly score the dough and place in the oven. Throw 4 ice cubes in the oven for steam (one in each corner) and bake for 40 minutes.
11a) I was too chicken to go that hot for that long. I went with 450 deg F for 20 minutes with steam, vented oven, 10 minutes at 350 deg F; remove loaf from pan; 350 deg F for 5 minutes to fully set the crust (not sure this was needed though)
Next time, I will go for the full 500 deg F for 40 minutes with just a few ice cubes instead of my full steam set up.