Sharing today’s bake

Sharing today's bake

Submitted by MonkeyDaddy on November 12, 2015 – 7:56pm.

Sharing today’s bake and practicing with photos for the first time.

This originally started out as an 87% hydration white loaf, and I was practicing with Bertinet’s slap-and-flip method of kneading.  But it was just too wet, and I couldn’t get it to develop.  Admittedly, this is only the second time I’ve tried this technique.  I added enough flour to get it down to 75% hydration and finally was able to start getting it to form up.

I slapped and flipped for over 10 minutes and it was still an unmanageable mess until I added the flour.  Should I have just stuck it out and kept going, or should 10 minutes have been enough to develop the dough?

Side view to show the ears.  (Sorry it’s a bit out of focus).  The loaf rose well, and had great oven-spring.  There was just a tiny crust blowout low along the bottom edge, but otherwise the crust came out great.  We just moved into a new home (only there for 3 weeks so far) and I had to break the oven in.  I think it was probably the cheapest range the builder could find to install, and it cooks a little unevenly.  One side of the loaf was a bit lighter in shade than the other.  So I guess I’ll be rotating my loaves from now on.  I just hate how much heat you lose every time you open the door.

This is the crumb shot.  I would have preferred it to be a little more hole-y, given how nicely it rose.  But all in all it was a good loaf and went well with dinner tonight – vegetable meatball soup.  Yum!

 

There’s a project I’ve been wanting to post for a while now but I’ve not tried using pictures before.  If this comes out well I’ll give that post a shot.  But it will be kinda picture-intensive so I might have to set up a picture hosting account somewhere else first.

Let me know if you all can see these or not.

 

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