Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up

Continuing my theme of practicing first I’m attempting making 4X the loaves I normally bake. I chose 4X (8 loaves) due to my plastic tub, banneton, and refrigerator constraints. I also considered that I can only bake 2 loaves at a time and I’ll need to switch to baking croissants shortly after the last pairContinue reading “Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up”

Sourdough Baguettes – Scaling Up

Need to practice scaling up my recipe and leveraging past lessons on temperature control. Better to try one batch at a time than to try scaling up three different bakes concurrently. THAT could be a disaster! Today it is baguettes. I’m going to double my recipe and aim for 10 baguettes. My decision to doubleContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Scaling Up”

Scaling Up – Sourdough Bread (Part 2 of 2)

Baked the four loaves of sourdough bread today vice my normal two. Things that I noted in baking the two batches of loaves: Rice flour is the bomb! Makes my loaves less inclined to stick to the bannetons Can’t preheat the lids for the second batch – not enough space in my oven Baking atContinue reading “Scaling Up – Sourdough Bread (Part 2 of 2)”

Scaling Up – Sourdough Bread

I decided that I’d try scaling up my bake and try four loaves instead of my normal two. I’ve a friend that wanted me to bring some bread to an event. As I think about this I’m always asking myself “What has to be true for THAT to be true?” It started with me makingContinue reading “Scaling Up – Sourdough Bread”

Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 5)

They’re baked!! I’m pretty jazzed by the result. Lots to improve on but a much better outcome than last time! They remind me of little tuna fish actually. A little fat. Need to roll them a bit longer. I did as intending to put them on a scalloped holder and was shaping them a bitContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 5)”

Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 4)

This post has a video of me shaping baguettes. As you can imagine I’m multitasking and probably not doing a good job of anything. Again, this will show me shaping baguettes. I’m new to this. My technique is horrible. I’m trying to record as a way for me to remember what I did. The doughContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 4)”

Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 3)

This is a short post showing me doing a coil fold. I’ve referenced them before but never attempted posting a video. NOTE: This is ME doing it and I’m not an expert in any way! There are plenty of videos on YouTube made by bakers far more experienced than I. Before this I’d snipped offContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 3)”

Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 2)

“Flexibility is the key to AirPower” said Italian airpower theorist Gen. Giulio Douhet. It was one of the first tenets taught to me as a cadet at the US Air Force Academy. I guess it also applies to bread making. My Poolish was rising at a much faster rate than my Leaven. Next time IContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3 (Part 2)”

Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3

Well trying again…. This is already turning out interesting. Mixed the Poolish and Levain today and decided to make the temp of the mix 80°F. My flour was 74.5°F I thought I’d make the water temp 85°F. Both weights of flour and water were 200g … the average would be ~ 80°F. I microwaved myContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes – Attempt #3”

Sourdough Baguettes Alternative Part 3

Well… they looked like baguettes (sorta). Good thing was that I didn’t put my oven out with my massive volume of steam. Secondly, they were sized about right for my scalloped rack and not overhanging. My wife’s comment was: “Why did you change virtually every variable from last time you attempted baguettes? Doesn’t seem likeContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes Alternative Part 3”