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#91 Anna N

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

Hi,
 
As a brand new baker, I'm trying to understand why all the recipes in this book are for two loaves?  (Other than that they're delicious.)  Is it that the ingredient amounts get too minute to measure?  We're a small household, and there's no way we'll go through the bread fast enough to avoid it going terribly stale.  Plus I want to bake more often, so that I have more chances to improve my technique before my memories of what worked last time are equally stale.  
 
I saw one person on this thread had halved the recipe to only make 1 loaf, but any advice you can offer on how to modify successfully would be hugely helpful.  
 
Thanks!


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#92 Kerry Beal

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 03:10 PM

Made a Forkish Pane de Campagne over here in the Cooking on a Big Green Egg thread.  



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

Another Ken Forkish convert. Started the Levain (from scatch) on Tuesday and followed it up with the Pain de Campagne on Sunday.

 

Levain was made with 40% whole wheat, 40% whole rye, 20% whole spelt ratios.

 

Awesome crumb and taste.

 

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#94 Anna N

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 03:01 PM

Luke,

Congratulations. That is one beautiful looking bread! I must get back to Forkish.
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#95 dr_justice

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 06:33 PM

Another convert here. Baked for the first time the overnight white on saturday morning, and my 3 year old was like "want more bread" all day long. I've never seen her want so much bread, ever.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 08:31 PM

By the way, has anyone tried  the bacon bread in Ken Forkish's book?   I don't have the time or work schedule to make levain, which is what it calls for in the book. Anybody tried to incorporate the bacon in the overnight white bread?

 

Speaking of the Overnight White Bread, my work schedule would command that I need to cut about 3 hours from the whole process -- basically I am thinking I would need to bulk ferment for 9 hours instead of the required 12-14 hours.

 

Any suggestions for how I could/should accelerate this process?  More yeast? Warmer water?



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 05:17 PM

Space log E-2103.

 

Tried overnight white again.

 

Tried bread flour instead of AP, same brand, because I was out of AP.

Mixed in a tub as per Admiral Forkish's instruction (instead of a large concave bowl).

Reduced water temp 5 degrees to target 78 degrees (I was still off by a few).

Mistakenly baked at 450 for the first 30 minutes, at which point I remove the lid and go: "hey. Why the... Oh damn". Then bake for the the remaining 25 at 475.

 

The result of the experiment resulted in a thinner crust than anticipated.

As for the rest....

 

Oh.

 

Oh my.

 

Ooooooh. Moist. Flavorfoul. Perfect crumb texture.

 

Ooooooooooh.

 

Revelation.

 

Kirk out.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:43 AM

Gave up on the idea of splitting the loafs into two dutch ovens 50/50 as I found it too time consuming, and I was a little concerned I'd be burning more electricity that I wanted too...

 

So, I dug out the good old camping dutch oven! Now this dutch oven is a monster, and normally used on our camp fire, but it can easily accomodate the whole loaf.

 

Baked the overnight white this time as my schedule would not allow a levain bread. Not bad. Could have left it a bit longer in the oven to brown up. It was a tad under-done in the center, but I put this down to changing to the larger/heavier dutch oven and changing the recipe as well. Note to self: dont change two variables at the same time! Actually, I think the issue was I used a pizza stone with this dutch oven like I did last time, but the cast iron is much thicker, so I will remove it next time.

 

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and crumb

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Now dont get me wrong, this is good bread! But was it better than the levain bread? Not even close. The flavour was somewhat bland (but so are a lot of bakery breads), but it was definitely enjoyable. If I was to make a non levain bread again, I would go for the wholemeal to add some extra flavour.

 

Cheers

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#99 janeer

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:00 PM

I too find the overnight white bland. I like the poolish better. Pretty loaf, though

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 10:41 PM

Baked the Field Blend #2 yesterday in the large dutch oven. The baked loaf weighed in at 1.5kg!

 

Field Blend #2 is a different animal to the Pain de Campagne, no doubt due to the rye. After proofing in the fridge, it was more fragile and sticky when trying to get it in the dutch oven.

 

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The bake went really well....

 

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Crust was much darker, and I left it in the oven for quite some time.

 

 

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Crumb was a bit tighter as you would expect from a rye. The flavour is excellent, with some deep complex caramel/bitter overtones from the crust. This bread would go fantastically well with beer. But then again, it goes well with anything!

 

....Next experiment is see how Pain de Campagne works with plain flour (10.1% protein). Up until now, all of my white flour in these loafs has been Special White Tipo 00 (11.9% protein). Will let you know how I go....

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 09:31 PM

I have now settled (for the moment) on the Pain de Campagne as our standard loaf for baking during the week....

 

What I have been experiementing with is flour blends. I was originally using 100% Tipo 00 at 12.5% protein, and while the bread was awesome, the crumb was really chewey. Maybe a bit too chewey ...

 

Forkish recommends a flour between 11% and 12%.

 

So I made a few loaves blending the Tipo 00 with "Plain Flour" which in Australia is cake flour, a low gluten all purposes type flour, my plain flour was 10.5% protein.

 

I settled on blend ratio of 70% Tipo 00 @ 12.5% protein and 30% plain @ 10.5%, for the portion of white flour in the recipe.

 

A couple of observations:

   - Oven spring has increased by 25%. So much now that the loaf will hit the lid of the dutch oven and compress.

   - The crumb is noticably softer. It still has a nice chewy texture, but not the jaw breaking chew of before

   - The crumb cooks out a bit easier. By that I mean it doesn't seem to suffer from undercooking as the previous 100% Tipo 00 flour type did.

   - Taste is just as awesome, however I think my levain has changed its personality. This week our breads have had a more noticable sour twang, subtle but more notificable than before. We love it!

 

I will now scale the recipe down to 75% so the single (combined) loaf fits into the dutch oven with compressing on lid.

 

Cheers

Luke

 

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This is a really large loaf! I mean really really large! And that's a big banana for comparison!

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 09:35 PM

Nice, Luke.  The dancing goanna I see on top of the loaf in the first and second photos is a particularly thoughtful touch!


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#103 Anna N

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 12:48 PM

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Half recipe of Saturday bread baked in a clay baker (Romertopf).
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#104 Kerry Beal

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 08:42 PM

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Started a couple of loaves of the Poolish White Bread.  Were in their last rise, had the oven preheating - when I got a call from work asking why I was half an hour late.  Well - likely because I had lost track of the shift I had today!

 

So popped the loaves in the garage (about 5º C) and turned off the oven.  Called hubby about half an hour before work ended and asked him to turn the oven back on.  Cold loaves into preheated cast iron - 50 minutes later - I'm listening to them crack like mad.  Of course it's too late at night to eat them!


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 09:53 AM

The Saturday White Bread - albeit baked in the Cuisinart Steam Oven in a loaf pan. Great toasted this a.m.

 

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 10:06 AM

what size loaf pan, and what % or Rx / pan ?

 

did you have to loosely cover the top of the bread to avoid burning ?

 

what sort of CSB setting did you use ?

 

many thanks for the inspiration !


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:06 AM

The Saturday white bread recipe I scaled down to 750g flour.  this loaf was 1/2 of the finished dough. Probably could have gone into an 8" x 4.5" loaf pan, but I used a 9" x 5" loaf pan.  Yes, I covered the top of the bread, with foil, at about 30 minutes. I used the bread setting, 450°F, till done.


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#108 rotuts

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:09 AM

thank you

 

did you use or have you used the 'proofing' setting ?



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:10 AM

Hmmm - I forgot there is a proofing setting (is there?)!  I proofed in my regular oven with the light on.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

take a peek on page 9 of the manual.  under 'steam'

 

the 'Bread' section refers back to this info 

 

"The lowest temperature (100°F) on the Steam function is ideal for bread proofing. Allow dough to complete at least one rise at room temperature. Shape dough and place on the baking pan lined with parchment and then put directly in the oven in the lower rack position. Set in oven for a minimum of 20 minutes and up to 1⁄2 hour on 100°F to proof. Once time elapses, switch oven to Bread function and set temperature and time, indicated by recipe."



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:18 AM

I'll give that a try next time.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:06 AM

 
I've discovered that feeding 50 grams of levain with half as much flour and water as called for gives me enough to work with on any given day and it doesn't seem to suffer.  And it appeals to my thriftiness as I don't like throwing out large quantities each day.

 
 


I came to this thread to whinge about the huge amount of levain he has you build and ask about reducing it and there my answer is right in the first post. Gotta love egullet. Thanks Kerry.

The overnight blondes are forthcoming.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 07:11 PM

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So much flavor in this bread wow!
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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:31 PM

I have been thinking about joining in for awhile, so glad I did. Made the Saturday white bread... delicious! So much better than what I can get from the local markets. Looking forward to trying out the other recipes in this book. So, what are your recommendations for storing the loaves (especially after you start cutting slices from it)?

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:33 AM

I store loafs, cut side down on a piece of plastic  ( flat ) in a brown paper bag on the counter

 

uncut loafs the same, just no plastic on the bottom of the bag.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:17 PM

I store loafs, cut side down on a piece of plastic  ( flat ) in a brown paper bag on the counter

 

uncut loafs the same, just no plastic on the bottom of the bag.

Thank you rotus I am trying out your method. Hoping that the loaf will be good to the last crumb. Wondering how many days we have to finish it before it goes stale.  If this does not work for me, I think I'll cut the next loaf in half and freeze half of it and leave the other half on the cutting board cut side down. Loaf two was given to family to enjoy.



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:42 AM

let us know your your results.    freezing and re crisping always works   just dont keep it in the freezer forever.  tightly wrapped !



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 07:06 AM

let us know your your results.    freezing and re crisping always works   just dont keep it in the freezer forever.  tightly wrapped !


An update... Wednesday the bread was still good but it is getting more & more difficult to slice the bread. The interior is still soft but the crust is getting much harder. This morning, Thursday, it was a battle to slice the bread and while it was edible it has reached the point that I would recommend that it only be used for bread pudding or french toast. Next time I will wrap and freeze some of the bread so we only have two to three days worth of bread on the counter. Think I'll try the overnight white bread next, may include some whole wheat flour in those loaves.





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