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  • hoovarmin
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    That second boule is amazing. I have the same issue, only one CI dutch oven and did my last one's serially. I think I'm going to buy another one because that's a long time to have the oven cranking at 475 in the summer.

  • mnavarre
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    Clearly the problem is that you need another CI dutch oven.

  • Skip
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    Very nice!

  • Mark V
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    When I bake two loaves (normally I bake one) I have used a Lodge cast iron dutch oven and an All Clad dutch oven. I am through with the All Clad. I will bake them serially in the cast iron. First, it takes about 10 minutes more in the All Clad. It also does not turn out as well. From now on I am only using the cast iron.

    You can see, two loaves, first from the All Clad.

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    Look how much better the cast iron did. Sorry it was cut first, but you can see the crust and how much
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  • RonB
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    Willy - great. Lookin' forward to your results.

  • Willy
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    Pequod Thanks so much for mentioning Open Crumb Mastery! I'm only about 15% through it, but it's already answered/addressed a number of my questions and problems. Now I'm stuck with another "problem" though; I really like very sour breads, yet it seems that using a large percentage of sourdough starter, as I have been doing, likely contributes to poor gluten formation (verified by my recent results), so I'll need to read more and figure this one out. Anyhoo, I highly recommend the e-book to all bakers here--I do wish it was available in hard copy :«(. Thanks again!

    RonB Thanks mucho to you for posting about the tangzhong method. Those rolls are on the schedule for Friday night; they'll accompany an Iberico pork loin roast

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  • Thunder77
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    Try the Harvest Wheat with poolish. I am pretty sure you will love it!

  • Thunder77
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    Wow! Beautiful. 👍

  • hoovarmin
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    Buying the Forkish book was one of the best things I've ever done. Never thought bread like this would come out of my kitchen. Now that I've made the overnight and saturday morning breads I'm going to try out the poolish and biga recipes, and then on to Levain. Ultimately I want to get a feel for working with dough that will enable me to go after what has heretofore been my white-whale - pizza.
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  • RonB
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    Pequod - my wife doesn't eat much bread, but she ate another one for lunch today and said they were too good - it's hard to stop eating them.

  • Pequod
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    Interesting. Never heard of this. Definitely checking it out.

  • hoovarmin
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    Thanks, I'm trying this out.

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    I made some soft dinner rolls today using a King Arthur recipe that included using the tangzhong method to improve the rolls. My wife took one bite and said delicious. She took another bite and said wonderful! Tangzhong is basically just making a roux with flour and a liquid.

    Both the recipe I used for these rolls and KA's article about tangzhong are linked below:

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...d-rolls-recipe

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog...n-to-tangzhong

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  • Thunder77
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    Wow

  • hoovarmin
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    Man, that's beautiful

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