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  • I May Not Be Doing This Contact Lens Thing Right

    Posted on October 17th, 2009 ben No comments

    This is a little bit gross, so don’t click this photo unless you are prepared to see a very very red eye.

  • Pain Fendu Rye

    Posted on October 12th, 2009 ben No comments

    I like this alternative to docking the loaves before baking. Last night, after bulk fermentation and before retardation, I made boules and then rammed a rolling pin down in the middle, almost all the way through. This makes two lobes. I gently shook off the extra flour, brought the lobes back together, and set the loaves in the bannetons for the night. After final rise the next day, I put the loaves on the stones and baked them normally. That cleft in the dough looked healed, but had no real gluten strength, so the “oven spring” (expansion of the loaf in the oven) caused the loaves to open in that spot. Nice.