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My first loaves (post #65221)

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I decided that I needed a new hobby now that I'm single, so I've bought RLB's Bread Bible. My first attempt was the Basic Soft White Sandwich Loaf. I have to say, it turned out well. Now we'll see if I have the patience for baking. 16 hours from start to finish...

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FL.Cook's picture

(post #65221, reply #1 of 19)

Keep going, your on a roll!! They look wonderful!

Carole

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leonap's picture

(post #65221, reply #2 of 19)

Beautiful! I bet they are delicious!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #65221, reply #3 of 19)

Congratulations!!!!!

Now that you've been bitten by the yeast-bug, there's no turning around!

Looking forward to your future adventures....

 


 


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bjb0777's picture

(post #65221, reply #4 of 19)

looks great!! Keep us posted on your endeavors!. Barb

Jean's picture

(post #65221, reply #5 of 19)

WTG!  Yeast is magic!


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tones's picture

(post #65221, reply #6 of 19)

Can't say I've even seen a finer loaf of white bread.  Nice job!

MadMom's picture

(post #65221, reply #7 of 19)

Beautiful!



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roz's picture

(post #65221, reply #8 of 19)

Great looking loaves! Well done! The making and baking and eating of bread is addictive...be forewarned!

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Marcia's picture

(post #65221, reply #9 of 19)

Your loaves are beautiful. It's encouraging when one's first bread baking effort turns out so well, and I hope you'll continue to enjoy your new hobby.

roz's picture

(post #65221, reply #10 of 19)

Oh, BTW, 16 October is World Bread Day! Make sure you bake something on this day. I am! Have fun!

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annieqst's picture

(post #65221, reply #11 of 19)

There's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread!

butterscotch's picture

(post #65221, reply #12 of 19)

A very creditable first effort, Matt.  Your loaves look beautiful and delicious.

paretsky's picture

(post #65221, reply #13 of 19)

Thanks for all of the kind comments. The bread tastes terrific. I'm trying to decide if I'll make another batch this coming weekend, or try something new. It's kind of tempting to try the same recipe again, and see if I can improve on some of the challenges I experienced in shaping the loaves. Plus, that way I'll have bread in the freezer for the future.

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Jean's picture

(post #65221, reply #14 of 19)

Conventional wisdom is to keep making the same recipe until you can do it in your sleep and get consistant results. New recipes are so tempting though. ;)


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
                                               - Cicero  - 55 BC
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paretsky's picture

(post #65221, reply #15 of 19)

OK, I'm on the second batch of the same recipe. But I've made an error. The sponge is in the fridge, where it is supposed to sit for 8 to 24 hours. The problem is, If I pull it out at the 8 hour mark, and go through the rest of the process at that time the bread won't be ready to go into the oven until sometime after 1 AM, and I need my sleep so I won't be doing that. I have to work tomorrow, otherwise I'd just let it sit until the morning. So I'm not sure how to time it. I'm tempted to knead the dough this evening, and then put it back into the fridge to rise overnight, give it a few turns again tomorrow morning, put it back into the fridge for the second rise, then proof and bake tomorrow evening. What do you think? Am I pushing my luck? I don't really have anything to lose here so I figure I'll try it and see.

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roz's picture

(post #65221, reply #16 of 19)

I think you will be ok with the back and forth in the fridge. Like you said, you have nothing to loose and the retardation of the dough could improve the flavor. Leave the dough for the first proof in the fridge for as long as you can. Then go from there. The dough will probably rise somewhat in the fridge, but won't take over the fridge!

I have some bread on my counter waiting to be folded, then shaped and then retarded in the fridge overnight. I had to put the levain in the fridge at 7 a.m. (when it was ready and I wasn't). All seems fine so far.

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paretsky's picture

(post #65221, reply #17 of 19)

Well, they rose just fine in the fridge overnight. And then I wound up having to take the day off because my youngest son got sick, so I just left the dough out on the counter after the first turn. It seemed to rise and bake OK, but since I still had a loaf left from the first batch I gave away one loaf and froze the other from this batch, so I won't know how it came out for a while.

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butterscotch's picture

(post #65221, reply #18 of 19)

My schedule has lightened up a little recently.  But for years--between working full-time and bringing up DD--I found myself putting together bread dough fairly late in the evening and not wanting to stay up for 2 risings and the baking.  What turned out to work best for me was preparing the dough early enough in the evening so that I could stay up through the first rise and shape it into loaves before I went to bed.  I would then put the shaped loaves into pans, place them in the fridge to rise overnight, and bake them early the next morning before I left for work.  Most of the breads I like to make are amenable to this method, but it's definitely best left for mornings when you're not extremely rushed.

Lee's picture

(post #65221, reply #19 of 19)

Those are gorgeous loaves. I don't bake bread anymore, but there's nothing quite like the aroma from baking bread. Great job!