Tag: baking

  • Attempt 9: Halfway Decent Again

    It was a hot, hot few days at San Francisco. If ever I had a chance to get a good rise out of my yeast, this was it. And I decided to take it. Still sticking with the same yeast, I went for a conservative 2 cups of bread flour to ½ cup of whole […]

  • Attempt 8: Rusty

    Taking an extra long break from baking is not the best idea. I tried baking a loaf after a 2½ month long break, and it was the same as me having never baked before. Add to it the fact that I used a fresh batch of flour, and I ended up with the driest loaf […]

  • Attempt 7: First public appearance

    We were going over to our neighbor’s to watch the NBA final, and I decided to take the leap and let my bread loose on neighbors. Appearance is important. I could not have it look like a loaf baked in a loaf pan. So I decided to go free form. Keeping the recipe the same, […]

  • Attempts 5 & 6: Darker Crust

    Work related travel to Chicago took weeks away from baking. But now it was time to get back. In an effort to learn new techniques, I started reading the book Matthew got me months ago — Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper, who runs a bakery at Brooklyn. The idea seems to be to develop a […]

  • Attempt 4: Not Gnarly Whole Wheat Bread

    This time I was determined to use a higher proportion of whole wheat flour and get a good rise. Maybe having a more moist dough would do the trick? This experiment was going to be all about having a soft supple dough. My plan was to follow Chef John’s advice: don’t add all the flour […]

  • Attempt 3: Less Yeasty Whole Wheat Bread

    How do you get rid of the yeasty smell? I read discussions on the Internet that suggested that I should (a) use less yeast, (b) let the first proof happen slowly overnight instead of a quick proof at a higher temperature, (c) save some of the bread dough and use that as starter instead of […]

  • Attempt 2: Whole Wheat Bread

    Now that I have made white bread successfully once, I was ready to try whole wheat bread. I decided to go with a combination of bread flour and whole wheat flour. I also decided to add some fennel seeds to the dough for flavor. Watching a couple of recipes on YouTube, I also decided to […]

  • Attempt 1: White Bread

    I have made bread only once before. That was me blindly following a recipe. But following a recipe doesn’t mean you know how to bake. It takes a few attempts to learn techniques and develop an intuition. After watching the first season of The Great British Baking Show, I was ready. It made sense to […]