Thursday, November 1, 2012

Proofing, Shaping, Steaming FAIL

Folks, turn away if you have a weak stomach for bread carnage. This is a seeded sourdough loaf that I let go to seed (pun!).

I tried to add the pumpkin and sunflower seeds during shaping instead of during my s&f time (short for "stretch and fold", more on that in another post). I was hoping I could keep the seeds from tearing the surface tension in the loaf and therefore end up with a prettier boule, but what happened is that it ended up with pockets of seeds which created weak spots inside the dough and later exploded every direction but the way I wanted it to. Also I think the loaf was under proofed as evidence by the tearing. And finally I dusted with flour and sprayed with water right before baking and it seemed like it created a layer of glue on top so that only the sides could expand. Next time maybe either spay or flour but not both?

Turned out to be an extremely ugly, yet delicious sourdough loaf. I suppose that's better than beautiful and inedible. Notice the pig on the tea towel grinning at my bread. He mocks my pain...


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