Yeast: Summer 2006 . Summer 2009 . Conversions

Eeek! It's summer!

Biga and Poolish

late June 2009

I just can't seem to remember that in the summertime, bread dough takes much less time to rise. I made two pre-ferments late last night and foolishly left them on the counter overnight. This is what they looked like early this morning. The one on top is supposed to be a biga. The poolish is in the larger bowl and the bottom was completely liquid: a veritable pool.

biga and poolish  - June 2009

Boule and Baguettes

Luckily, bread WANTS to be bread and the dough made with the above biga and poolish produced these lovely loaves.

boule  - June 2009

closer view of baguettes

baguettes  - June 2009

I had heard that placing a "hat" over the loaf for the first part of the baking would really improve the oven spring. We don't have a large enough roasting pan for all three loaves but it is large enough to cover a small boule. I sprayed the inside of the roasting pan with water before placing it over the risen boule. The marks on top of the shaped bread were made with cookie cutters to etch stars on the top of the loaf. (Instead of a roasting pan, a casserole dish works as well. And according to Lionel Vatinet, a stainless steel bowl works as well as a roasting pan. )

boule  - June 2009
boule  - June 2009boule  - June 2009

Wow!! Why haven't I been doing this before?!

boule  - June 2009

boule  - March 2006 boule  - September 2007 Compare the difference!! This is how the bread turns out when it is baked without any hat.

(Please see more photos from 2006 and 2007 of making these earlier loaves bread. There are several photos showing how to knead slack dough by hand. Also of interest may be the photos of how to "stretch and folding" slack dough.)

If you squint, and know where to look, you can just make out the stars.

boule  - June 2009

We can't wait to break this bread!

bread  - June 2009

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Biga, Poolish, Boule and Baguettes

to blog from OUR kitchen: yeast and breadmaking in the summer ~ yeast and breadmaking in the summer revisited ~ yeast + summer temperatures = oh oh!! ~ And we have oven spring! ~ What has happened to the baking aisle at the supermarket? ~ Yeast Equivalents - AGAIN

to recipes from OUR kitchen: rustic boule (based on "Acme's Rustic Baguettes" in Maggie Glezer's Artisan Baking Across America) ~ recipe for baguettes (based on "Baguettes" in Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible)

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