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[Mar. 8th, 2003|09:30 pm]
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Ok, the first experiment from The Breadbakers Apprentice is underway. I think that my main problem with the other loaves was underkneading, and I gave this batch of dough a good 10 minute massage like the instructions said. It's undergoing the first proofing right now, and will be reshaped for the final proofing in about 1.5 to 2 hours. Since I slept so much this afternoon to get over the last of my flulike symptoms, I have the feeling that I'll be up for a good portion of the night.

Lots of the recipes in the book actually take 2-3 days to make, the idea being that a longer rise lets out more flavor in the flour. There are lots of neat looking loaves that I intend to try, but not just yet. I need to clean the counters for more work space (I currently do the kneading on a cutting board) and make sure there is room in the fridge for dough storage if I do the multi-day bread recipes. It also tells how to emulate a true bread oven, using a baking stone and how to steam the bread. Right now I'll just be thrilled if the loaf turns out. Then I'll start playing with making boule loaves and stuff.

Off to clean the kitchen. I have plenty of time to kill while the yeast does its work.