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  1. have you gotten good oven spring? I haven't using this method.
  2. I'm puzzled as to why no oven spring. I have had good oven spring with this same hydration ratio. I could fold the dough although it was much slacker than in the video. Really more of a ciabatta dough but I'm used to working with that.
  3. I'm bad at following directions. Here's what I did. I created probably 80% hydration sourdough dough with about 6 cups flour, 2tspns salt, and refrigerated overnight, and then let rise about 8 hours. Then I proofed for about 2, preheated the oven with a Dutch oven in it to 450F. It was too hydrated to get much surface tension into it although I tried. I was a little apprehensive about getting the dough into the pot. But that was pretty easy. I covered and baked for 30 minutes then uncovered and baked for another 10 until the internal temperature was 205F. My loaf had no oven spring and I think I should have baked it longer, perhaps at a lower temperature, maybe 425F. It has a marvelous reddish crunchy crust that my bread hasn't had before and it tasted very good although I shouldn't have sneaked a slice as it wasn't yet cool. I will definintely try this again and refine it for my style which is 1) sourdough, and 2) refrigerated immediately upon mixing, for 1 or 2 days.
  4. I have been using the method pretty much except for mixing in a food processor (like Bittman mentions) but I am working on a sourdough batch that I mixed without the processor. In the video the dough isn't as hydrated as my dough is. I am probably at 80% or 82%, almost a batter. For my new sourdough batch, I mixed with cold water, retarded immediately in the refrigerator, and took out this morning and folded twice in two hours. The dough is much stickier than in the video, but it is workable due to it being cold. Later I will proof and try the baking in a dutch oven method. Looking forward to it!
  5. cut the yeast to 1/4 teaspoon or even less (1/8 teaspoon due to the sugar here). Mix the oil with the other ingredients. Increase the hydration by using some water in addition to the milk so you have a very slack dough.
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    Caramel Almond Paste..

    I bought some almond butter that I plan to use to make almond paste. It isn't as fresh obviously as almonds I roast myself, but it is finely ground already. Does anyone know if I should include all the fat, which has separated, and mix it all together or just use the mealy part without the separated fat?
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    Stand Mixers 2002 – 2011

    I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I like my Viking. It is extremely powerful and I use it with the meat grinder accessory on a weekly basis, as well as for dough. It works very well for me. The paddle and whisk needed adjustment which is easy and now they extend to the bottom of the bowl. It mixes things just fine. No complaints except minor ones and I paid in the low two hundreds US$ for it. I can't imagine a dough it wouldn't work through including bagels or struan or whatever. It has never as much as slowed down or even groaned when I'ved used it!
  8. I do my starter in the fridge and I retard the dough as soon as I mix it. If I use a ratio of 1:3 starter to total flour, I get a good but not too extreme sourness that is quite pleasant.
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    hors d'oeuvres made using puff pastry

    Got a dinner party coming up and I feel like making puff pastry (I don't look like it but I feel like it ) What are some hors d'oeuvres I can make if I choose to make puff pastry? Thanks!
  10. Yeah, water and flour only. Start with rye and water, then just keep refreshing by removing 1/2 and discarding, and replacing with bread flour and water. Forget Silverton's method. It's ridiculously complicated. No need for it.
  11. Yes, a great tip: rub the couche or teatowel with rice flour. No sticking even with very slack doughs. Amazing how well it works.
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    salt in yeast breads

    Tuscan bread has no salt. so it is possible to make bread without salt. It will rise faster than with salt and it can over rise easily.
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    Curry Powder

    Yeah, I agree. I use commercial curry powder but sometimes I make my own because it tastes better and is very quick to make. It does taste fresher.
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    Tamales--Cook-Off 25

    my tamales worked out great. I beat the coconut oil and butter quite awhile to make it light, then I added the masa harina and beat it all. Then the liquid. I did learn that you do need to tie them and that you shouldn't let the water run dry in the pot!
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    Curry Powder

    most curry powders contain ground cumin, coriander seeds, turmeric, and some hot chili pepper seeds such as cayenne. I might make a basic curry powder with the following ground spices: 1T of cumin, 1T of coriander, 1tspn turmeric, 1tspn cayenne. I grind the whole seeds in a coffee grinder reserved for spices for specific recipes and as the other posters have said, they vary by recipe. One important step is to toast the spices. You can toast the whole seeds in a skillet until fragrant and then grind or you can toast the ground spices. I do have some curry powder in my spice collection that I do occasionally use for non-Indian dishes such as curried chicken salad and it comes in handy.
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