May 21, 2023 - 9:54am
Baked in flan ring?
A visit to the County Fair and review of winning entries left me with a question. Did these entries get turned from the banneton into a flan ring or cake pan? This bread has a slight "muffin top" which makes me believe so, but that's a technique I've never heard about. Another entry, sibling, has the same form. Did I miss a good trick?
Or low pie pan. Look at the curvature of the bottom corner, seems like it was baked in a low pan or dish.
I would take points off for the void in the middle suggesting less than ideal forming and/or degassing.
perhaps a pie plate. :)
I completely agree about the flaws. Although, I think that might be where judges picked out a hunk of the crumb. Not sure but saw that kind of void in several entries.
Sadly, in all of the sourdough bread entries I was noticing that many of the 1st place and Best-in-Class had really significant flaws, including flying crust, yet sometimes the 2nd and 3rd place appeared much better. Same with other baked goods, like cookies and cakes. The chocolate chp cookies that were Best-in-Class looked only partially baked.
Looking into the judging process I found that they use the American System, judging one against the other in each classs, but no other standards.
Now I'm not too sure that I'm interested in participating...