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  • scottranda
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    • May 2015
    • 1449
    • Charlotte, NC

    Top | #571
    Sometimes, in the final stretch and folds, my dough is so airy, I feel like I only need 3 S&F to round it out (not 4). Should I force in one extra S&F after my third one?

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    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      I don't think so, but someone more experienced might want to weigh in. Forkish has some that only want two folks and some that want three or four.
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1449
    • Charlotte, NC

    Top | #572
    How many times will a bread lame work until you have to get a new blade?

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    • Willy
      Willy commented
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      I'd guess it's bad when it doesn't cut well. Do dry it well after each use--razors go bad more from residual moisture than from cutting the beard itself.
  • MBMorgan
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    • Sep 2015
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    Top | #573
    Here's a question for you artisan loaf bakers out there. I received a bread cloche (made of unglazed clay pottery) for Xmas and I'm wondering if anyone here has used one. I haven't tried it yet mainly because I'm finding conflicting advice around the interwebs:
    • Start the oven no hotter than 275-300 deg. F. then turn it up to your desired temp after putting the boule and cloche lid in place. Apparently putting a cold boule on the base might crack it due to thermal shock.
    • Start the cloche and oven both cold, then let them come up to temp slowly (huh?).
    • Never exceed 450 deg. F. This is a show stopper if true because I normally bake at 475 or 500.
    • Never set a hot cloche on the cool counter because (again) thermal shock might crack it.
    • Coat the interior lightly with oil after every cook in order to form a patina.
    • Never soak it in water or spritz it ... again due to it falling to pieces in the hot oven.
    • Never wash it while it's hot ... thermal shock again. Duh!
    • Leave the lid on for the entire cook (I don't think so).
    • Bake for 30 minutes covered then remove the lid (just don't set the hot lid on the counter).
    Here's a pic from the catalog (with a really bad looking crust on that bread) to show what the incredibly delicate little fella looks like:

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    • Potkettleblack
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      Seems like a bit of a loser there. Should have nice thermal mass and heat retention properties, but that level of instruction seems a loser for me. I like the throw it over the fence nature of cast iron.

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      In defense of La Cloche:
      http://artisanbreadinfive.com/2009/0...best-crust-yet
      I think you'll be fine preheating it, and dropping a room-ish temp loaf in.

    • MBMorgan
      MBMorgan commented
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      Thanks, Potkettleblack. Since (like you) I prefer cast iron, I think I'll just give La Cloche a try using my favorite temps. If it breaks, I've still got my cast iron favorites.
  • Willy
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1806
    • High Desert of the Great Southwest

    Top | #574
    My wife used to make no-knead bread in a ceramic cloche (we called it the clay baking thing--LOL). She pre-heated to 500°F--from room temp. I suspect heating in a cold (to start) oven and not soaking it in water is good advice. Various "brands" may require different usage.Personally, I like @Breadhead's idea of a pizza stone and stainless steel bowl.

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    • Breadhead
      Breadhead commented
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      Willy... I buy those SS bowls, the 3 pack, twice per year. If my SS bowls get ugly I throw them away.👍

    • Willy
      Willy commented
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      @Breadhead: "If my SS bowls get ugly, I throw them away"

      You go for the nice look; I'm going for the been-thru-the-battle look! LOL Plus, I'm a cheapskate.

    • Richard P
      Richard P commented
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      recycle and use in garage or make good planters, too many other uses after being banned from kitchen to throw away/discard.
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    Top | #575
    I have had this clay baker for a number of years - long enough that I don't remember if I did anything to season it when I got it. It does look like I may have spread a little oil in the bottom though. At any rate, I put it in a cold oven and then turn the oven on to whatever temp I need. I then place the risen dough in the hot baker and put the lid on with no problems.
    To make it easier to get the dough in the hot bottom half, I place the shaped dough on a narrow piece of parchment, lift the parchment, and place carefully in the baker. You can then either trim the exposed parchment or not. I've done it both ways and prefer to not trim.

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    • scottranda
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      • May 2015
      • 1449
      • Charlotte, NC

      Top | #576
      Interesting question a coworker asked me about today. Thought I'd pose it to you. Does an aged starter taste better than a young starter? The older the better tasting? The older the starter the stronger?

      (All else being equal, of course)

      And if not, at what point is there parity between 2 starters? Like at 8 months, it's just as good as a 40 year starter?

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      • Breadhead
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        Remember... yeast is everywhere. It's in your kitchen. It's on your hands. It's invading your home from your backyard, your community. Those that sell 200 year old starters are shisters! Your local yeast invades your culture daily! Atmosphere dictates how your culture effects your bread.

      • Breadhead
        Breadhead commented
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        New yeast enters your sourdough culture daily. If your culture dies from abuse you can generate a new one in 2 weeks. The temperature of your culture dictates the taste of your bread. The activity of your starter dictates how long your dough will take to rise. Acidity content affects the flavor.
    • MBMorgan
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      • Sep 2015
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        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
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        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
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      Top | #577
      So I finally got to try out the new 5 qt. Lodge L8DD3 Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven (inverted with the skillet on bottom) and I've got to say it's pretty much perfect! Baked a loaf (seam side up) of Forkish White Bread with Poolish. The only really noticeable problem is that, while oven spring was pretty good, the loaf failed to split along the seam as it normally does. This is probably due to my decision to pick at a few sizable "subcutaneous" bubbles during the final shaping /tension pulling. I'm pretty sure that the loaf vented through those weak spots rather than through the seam. The crust was impeccably thin and crisp and the crumb was open, light, and moist. All in all, a pretty tasty success.

      Next time, I'll bake the same bread in the new cloche for a comparison.

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      • Thunder77
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        That is a success in my book!

      • Breadhead
        Breadhead commented
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        This loaf looks great to me. Thin & crisp on the crust is fantastic. The crumb looks light and airy. I think you're right about why and how your seam didn't open. The pan reversed...? I'm waiting to see your experiment before buying one.😎

      • scottranda
        scottranda commented
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        Do you like your crust better with your Dutch oven skillet combo? How does it compare?
    • Willy
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 1806
      • High Desert of the Great Southwest

      Top | #578
      Mbmorgan Just curious why you think failing to split is a failure? Your loaf looks great to me.

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      • MBMorgan
        MBMorgan commented
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        From an artsy-fartsy perspective, it didn't behave quite like I intended. Didn't affect flavor or texture though ... so not really a failure.

      • Willy
        Willy commented
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        LOL. I hear you. My docking attempts are often pretty lame and missing the artsy-fartsy aspect gets to me too! Interesting that some prefer the seam-up split and others like the seam-down/ docking more. In a perfect world, everyone would agree with me, but... LOL
    • Thunder77
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      • Jul 2014
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      Top | #579
      A Tale of Two Breads:
      For Christmas I asked for and was gifted "The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day". I made some bread from their master recipe, and I must say, I am impressed. So I wanted to do a comparison between the 5 minute bread and sourdough. Today I conducted the experiment. I started last night with a preferment of:
      100 grams starter- 100% hydration 50/50 bread/WW flour
      300 grams bread flour
      200 grams water
      I let that develop overnight for about 14 hours

      Today I built it up to a 1 kilogram 66% hydration dough
      Added 21 grams salt, and followed the Chef Jacob technique. While this was proofing I pulled out a 1.5 lb ball of the 5 minute dough. I shaped it into a batard, and let it rest per instructions on a prepared pizza peel.
      I preheated the oven to 475 with my baking stone in the oven. The sourdough batard was slashed and put in the oven first. When the 5 minute batard was ready I slashed it, stuck it in the oven. For the steam I used a broiler pan and a cup of hot water per the 5 minute bread instructions.

      The results:
      Both breads were excellent! I like the sourdough better; my family apparently liked the 5 minute bread better, judging by how much was left. The 5 minute bread was sweeter, almost like a white sandwich bread. It had nice crust, but not quite like the sourdough. The sourdough had a more open crumb and crisper crust. Both loaves had excellent oven spring. I think they are both winners. It just depends on the kind of bread you want that day. 😎

      The 5 minute bread is very easy to make, and you store the dough in the fridge for up to two weeks, so you can easily make bread any time. It won't replace my sourdough, but it is a fun and quick alternative when you want a fresh loaf for a meal.

      In the picture of both, the one on the left is the 5 minute bread, the right is my sourdough.
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      • Breadhead
        Breadhead commented
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        Now we will wait for the rest of the story...🤔

      • Thunder77
        Thunder77 commented
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        Breadhead, what do you mean? It's all there
    • Breadhead
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      • Jul 2014
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      Top | #580
      Willy ... Ken Forkish developed the seam side up technique because he prefers high hydration sourdough bread. You can score the smooth side of 65% & 70% hydration dough and get a nice ovenspring and good ears on your loaves. That's not the case with 75% hydration bread. Your final proofed 75% hydration dough is very loose and is not easy to score. It acts more like Ciabatta dough does. He's counting on the seam to open up when the steam escapes the dough during the ovenspring process. The steam will always find the weakest part of the final proofed boule to escape. Sometimes you get surprised.😁

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      • Pequod
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        Some of Forkish's breads proof in the fridge overnight and are then immediately baked. These are not as loose and the seam, for me, doesn't burst on its own all the time. I have no problem scoring these and baking seam side down. I like the Forkish's 78% Hydration breads.

      • Potkettleblack
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        My last Forkish (FB#2) didn't explode open at the seam, but did crack there. It was a very sticky dough that would have been a nightmare to dock without a lame.

      • Pequod
        Pequod commented
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        Exactly. The loaf I posted on page 35 of this thread was a FB #2 that was scored with a lame. Have another loaf of it in the oven at this moment scored the same way. Works great. FB#2 doesn't burst at the seam for me, so scoring is a must.
    • Breadhead
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      • Jul 2014
      • 2

      Top | #581
      "artsy-fartsy" to an Artisan bread baker is important.

      Using the recipe/formula that we do... we know we are going to get really great tasting loaves of sourdough bread.👍 That's a given.

      So... the only real grading process has to be about how the crumb looks, light and airy? How the crust looks, blisters? No blisters? How was the ovenspring. Scoring... ears or no ears? Did you singe the edge of the ears without burning the crust? How does the bottom of your loaf look, color wise, relative to the crust? How crisp is your crust without burning your loaf? How thick is your crust?

      The perfect loaf of sourdough bread 🥖 is elusive... I small failure in any step of the process can take a loaf from perfection to just really good. I get lots of really, really good looking loaves of sourdough bread but only a few every now and then that I will call the "Perfect Loaf". One must start every loaf with the Perfect Loaf as the goal. Every single step must be carefully executed and luck must be on your side.

      Getting your first Perfect Loaf of sourdough bread... is an emotional experience!!! Spending the time to attain the knowledge to execute every step perfectly is an obsessive commitment that the average home bread baker will never make. Once you've acquired all of the necessary knowledge and honed your techniques and understand exactly why a loaf was not perfect can you stumble upon the Perfect Loaf.🙀

      I honest to god think I cried... it's was one of those moments where you are alone and speechless, so you just cry.

      That day for me was 3 loaves, all made on the same day and baked on my BGE, 1 right after the other, bingo, bango, bongo!!! I lined them up, took a picture and cried my eyes out. I had only been backing bread for about a year and I knew that these loaves were special.👌
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      • Breadhead
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        Top | #582
        jgjeske1

        Sorry... this is all I saw when I posted that.

        "A Tale of Two Breads:
        For Christmas I asked for and was gifted "The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day". I made some bread from their master recipe, and I must say, I am impressed. So I wanted to do a comparison between the 5 minute bread and sourdough. Today I conducted the experiment. I started last night with a preferment of:
        100 grams starter- 100% hydration 50/50 bread/WW flour
        300 grams bread flour
        200 grams water
        I let that develop overnight for about 14 hours"

        The rest of the story was not yet there.

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        • Thunder77
          Thunder77 commented
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          I accidentally hit "post" before I was finished, I think. 😜
      • Breadhead
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        Top | #583
        Willy commented
        January 6th, 2017, 09:30 PM
        I'm thinking I want to get started doing, at least trying, higher hydration loaves--looser crumb, right? I really do like the appearance of a docked loaf, though. I've been reading Forkish (FWSY) and enjoy his thoughts.

        Ken Forkish is a wizard of high hydration sourdough bread. I think the best of the best. I would strongly suggest you buy his book if you want to move into high hydration sourdough bread.

        Truth be known... making 75% hydration sourdough bread is easier than 65% hydration dough. It's easier to learn bread baking starting with 65% hydration though. Final shaping and scoring is much easier with lower hydration dough.

        Knowing how to do both will make you a better bread baker, for sure.👍

        Yes... higher hydration gives you a softer, lighter crumb.

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        • Pequod
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          Top | #584
          Another 78% hydration loaf of Forkish's Field Blend #2 baked this AM. As you can see, it was most definitely scored with a lame, and quite successfully too.
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          • Potkettleblack
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            Dayum.

          • MBMorgan
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            Excellent!!

          • Thunder77
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            Yowza!
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          Another refrigerator proofed Forkish 78% hydration loaf from Christmas. Already sliced, so you get a look at the crumb, but this was scored as above. Bottom line is I have no problem scoring refrigerator proofed high hydration breads, and have made it a practice that works.

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          • Willy
            Willy commented
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            Nice! I do need to try the Forkish methods. I'm leery of working with tacky dough, but I just need to take the plunge. I enjoyed his "Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast" quite a bit.

          • Bumper
            Bumper commented
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            I'm a convert to Forkish and FWSY as well. Most of the doughs are pretty wet and it is really game on at various points, but the efforts are so worth it.

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