Skills Get Rusty…

If you don’t practice your skills get rusty! I’ve not made Batards lately. I’ve been making Pullman loaves every week and not shaped and slashed Batards. Slashing needs to be at a shallow angle (16-20°) and NOT as vertical as I do with the Pullman loaves. The more vertical reduces the “ear” that is producedContinue reading “Skills Get Rusty…”

Creating Desired Dough Temperature (DDT)

Lately I’ve been really paying attention to “desired dough temperature” as a variable in my process. Basically, it is about knowing what temperature you’d like your dough to be to get the peak reaction for whatever you’re trying to accomplish (e.g. bulk proving etc) To get to the desired dough temperature requires knowing the flourContinue reading “Creating Desired Dough Temperature (DDT)”

Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up (Bake Day)

I’m up and getting ready to bake. Not quite “Baker’s Hours” bu close enough. I had to start the coffee manually earlier than it is normally set to go off. Today I’m practicing baking four times since I can only fit two Dutch Ovens in my oven at a time. Pretty much “cottage baking”. AsideContinue reading “Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up (Bake Day)”

Sourdough Croutons

I mentioned making sourdough croutons first before turning them into breadcrumbs from day old bread (in this case my baguettes). Here are some pics of the process for making the croutons I cut the croutons up by slicing the baguettes (or bread) at about a finger width. I then tear the bread apart or useContinue reading “Sourdough Croutons”

Sourdough Breadcrumbs

Made sourdough breadcrumbs from some day-old bread and baguettes. I mentioned that I was going to do this in my last post. Good use of older bread. Process was pretty simple. First make croutons then crush them. Cut up the bread into crouton size pieces. Add a bit of olive oil, sprinkle of salt andContinue reading “Sourdough Breadcrumbs”

2X Baked Almond Croissants (Updated)

My sister-in-law requested I make the twice-baked almond croissants for when they came to visit. My last two attempts had been OK. However, I’ve been disappointed with how the almond cream survived (or in my case didn’t) the second bake. Time to experiment! My croissants that I baked this time were some of the bestContinue reading “2X Baked Almond Croissants (Updated)”

Sourdough Croutons

A warm oven and week old sourdough is a perfect opportunity for making croutons! Simply cut them up, toss in olive oil and seasoning and pop into oven to dry out after baking the bread for this week. Actually turned oven on a bit to make sure they got nice and crispy. Really a greatContinue reading “Sourdough Croutons”

Using Leftover Laminated Dough

“Heaven forbid there should ever be such things!” you cry! For the record I did too. I hated going to all this effort making laminated dough only to cut my croissants and have some scrap. Aggghhh! Total foul!! I’d think. Well, my solution of late is to roll the scrap pieces together and put themContinue reading “Using Leftover Laminated Dough”

Technique Tweak Wasn’t a Fluke!

I was able to recreate similar oven bloom results applying the tweaks to my feeding and autolyse methods. The results from my experiment were NOT a fluke! Yay!! I’m pleased with these results and will continue to use them going forward as my “standard method”. Always learning…