March 14, 2006 - 10:05am
Cinnamon Raisin Walnut bread Flop
Yesterday I made Struan bread it turned out ok I used the recipe out of Peter Reinhart book brother Junipers Bread book. I also made the Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread this recipe calls for 8 cups of four and only a cut and a half of liquid with an extra half of cup for adjustment durring kneading, I added an extra cup but it is still pretty heavy, how much water approx. should this recipe have had? I'm thinking at least 4 cups? Let me know what you think. Thanks.
That's a lot of flour to have flop on you. If I was you I would add enough water/milk how much it takes to give me a nice dough.....
I though all recipes in these books are tried and tested,,,,, That's why we pay big bucks for them,,, st st. qahtan
The proportions in Brother Juniper's Bread Book are huge. I always at least cut the recipes in half and typically quarter them.
I was working at Brother Juniper's Cafe when that book came out. That was Peter's first book and, at the time, he was baking primarily in a commercial setting. He has since learned to scale his recipes down to a size that works better for home bakers.
Aside from that flaw, it is a great book.
And, addressing your original question, take a look at the Struan Bread recipe here. It is the reworking of the recipe that he printed in the Bread Baker's Apprentice. It looks like around 50% liquid, by volume, to flour. It is a fairly dry dough, at least when compared to French Bread dough, but if you are still seeing raw flour or it is too tough to hand knead, I would add more liquids.
That's what I figured I'll just have to add lots more water later. I'll make margin notes when I get my own copy. As for amounts I like making lots my family goes through homemade bread like it is air.
I made the Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread with the recipe
from from BBA. Peter states that he thinks this is a better
version than the original. It called for 3 1/2 cups flour (1 lb)
and 1/2 cup buttermilk and 3/4 c water. So a little less than half
the flour and almost the same amount of liquid.
That sounds much better I'll try that next time