Friday, February 29, 2008

La Cloche bread version 1


(Montana High gluten plus premixed and unspecified amount of malt flour 20 deg C) 1000 g
Water 41 deg C [hottest I could get] 600 g -- boy can this [white] flour suck up the water, the dough felt good, certainly not too sticky to handle, could've even taken a bit more [62% ?] !!! --
Saf instant yeast added directly to flour 10 g
Salt 15 g


Mixed 8 minutes on speed 2 in 20 quart hobart, could've used 2 min more. Kneaded and shaped on bench 1 minute.

Fermented 90 minutes @ 29 deg C this was a bit fast [but could be useful for classroom demonstrations], could cut down yeast or drop temperature to 25 deg C It showed up in the flavor profile, nice bread but a bit lacking in yeasty flavors. The dough surely more than doubled and could be why it ran out of "steam" in the oven and did not have a lot of oven spring.

Divided into 2 largish dough pieces ~800 g each.
Folded in thirds and molded GENTLY into a round.
Rested 5 min.
Molded into a round and placed, seam up, in oiled and wheat-bran lined rattan proofing basket.
Covered with damp towel and proofed 45 min @ 85 deg F and in a cabinet controlled to 85% RH. Also would liked a longer proof time to make sure final flavor and crust development in oven were optimum. But they grew too big.

Turned dough pieces out onto sole of preheated [400 deg F; 200 deg C] La Cloche stoneware domed clay baker. Forgot to slash the tops. Bit freaked-out with handling the 200 deg C stoneware.

Baked @ 400 deg F; 200 deg C for a total of 40 min. 30 with lid on, 10 with lid off. Final crumb temperature 98 deg C. Crust crackled and cracked nicely on cooling. Great bread except maybe could use more flavor. Interesting crumb structure with effectively no real molding. Didn't get the oven spring i expected, but not slashing the tops didn't help.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A sourdough resource,1,5833083.story

Vejledning i bagning med surdej

Rug grundsurdej

1.dag. Grunddej I
1 dl. Tempereret vand ca. 37ºC
½ g økologisk gær (kan udelades)
80 g fint formalet rugmel
Gæren skal være i økologisk kvalitet da denne har en bedre sammensætning af mælkesyrebakterier og gærceller.
Gæren må gerne have stået i stuetemperatur i 1 ½ døgn, for derved øges mængden af mælkesyrebakterier.

Det hele blandes sammen til en lind grød. Henstår lunt (22-24° C) i et døgn i et glas med let påsat låg.

2.dag. Grunddej II
1 dl tempereret vand ca. 37ºC
Ca. 80 g mel
Vand og mel blandes til en lind grød og iblandes grunddej I; henstår igen i et døgn på et lunt sted. Surdejen er derefter færdig til brug og kan opbevares i køleskab.
Husk altid at tage surdej fra ved fordejen til næste bagning.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Active V Instant yeast

and some science

Yeasty beasties

Thanks to

for the idea.


for the title

We will explore other permutations [glucose, maltose, very dilute NaCl, flour, flour plus malted barley flour] in class to see what is fastest.

Pink balloon;
water 250 ml ~ 36 deg C
1 packet [15 g] Fleischmann's fresh compressed yeast
10 g sucrose

Green balloon;
same as above plus 6 g NaCl to slow yeast activity

Time zero
Time 45 mins at room temp
Time 90 min at room temp
Clearly the concentration of salt has slowed the rate and amount of gas production in the green balloon.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Pacific Northwest Wheat Quality Council test-baking workshop

Test baking workshop at the Wheat Marketing Center Portland OR.

It was run by the USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Wheat Quality Lab people who are based in Pullman Washington.

Remember you can see larger versions of the pictures if you click on them.

Mixing in a small scale mixer
The dough ready is well mixed and ready to go, see how nice and smooth it looks
Rubbing hands with a little oil to help in taking the dough out
Into the moulder for the first time
Out of the moulder
Folding before fermenting

Finished products: the small unattractive loaf is not bad baking, it is the wrong type of flour, too weak, can't add enough water because it was made with soft wheat. It small, pale, and not glossy like its counterpart beside it and the little loaf will be stale in a matter of hours if it wasn't "stale" straight out of the oven.