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yeah, it's about bread again.... [May. 1st, 2007|08:51 pm]
Verminius Rex

Yesterday I made 4 long loaves using my new pan from King Arthur (handy design for making long loaves), and I was pondering just how the use of rye and whole wheat flour in the preferment is affected by fermentation time. You may be saying to yourself, "Wow, to ponder something like that either shows his dedication to the culinary art of bread baking, or nothing good was on tv." And you would be right on both counts.

I've reached what I consider a point of Nirvana with my bread recipe, meaning that by following my own personal version of Alton Brown's Basic Bread Recipe, I can make good loaves every time. But I've eaten my own bread so often that to me, it just tastes like....bread. What can be done about this? I'll tell you what.

The Great Bread Taste Test.

That's right, I'll be baking bread for a reason other than habit. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I'll be making my two standard types of loaves (rye and whole wheat, those types of flour lends structural integrity and flavor to the dough that just really works for me) and sharing the with local friends from the studio audience (that means you). The cost? Nothing, but I need your feedback on what you think of the bread, and you'll have a couple different loaves to compare and contrast, see what you like best or if it all tastes the same to you.

So if you would be interested in getting a couple hunks of bread about the size of a sandwich roll and can fill out a simple questionnaire (about 4-6 questions total, just finding out which one people tend to like the most) then give me a shout and I'll see about getting some bread to you.

Does this serve a purpose other than my vanity? Well, maybe. I have thoughts about maybe baking bread for the farmer's market someday, so I'll consider this early market research. It'll also make for some good LiveJournal and 100 Loaves blog entries. So respond here and I'll put you on the queue for getting some test loaves. I'll be doing up some preferment tonight, so the first contestants could be getting their bread as early as tomorrow.

[User Picture]From: bellanorth
2007-05-02 03:26 am (UTC)
I'd enjoy participating.
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[User Picture]From: roseconnelly
2007-05-02 03:53 am (UTC)
Me eat bread? Of course!

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[User Picture]From: heddicraft
2007-05-02 04:00 am (UTC)
Brian has stopped making bread from starter, but he was delivering 4-5 loaves every week to friends who (gasp) paid him for the bread! I don't think we made money, but it did pay for all the flour! Maybe the taste testers would like their own weekly fresh loaf?
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[User Picture]From: motherpockets
2007-05-02 05:25 am (UTC)
I'd love to be in the taste test group! And I'd be happy to pay for my bread, too!
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[User Picture]From: queza7
2007-05-02 12:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yum. Can I try some too? You can find me at sewing night tomorrow. :)
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[User Picture]From: regine735
2007-05-02 02:08 pm (UTC)
Please consider Ron and me for your experiments in bread-tasting.
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[User Picture]From: apocalypticbob
2007-05-02 06:33 pm (UTC)
If you know anyone who is coming down to OKRF this weekend and is willing to bring me some, I'd gladly join in! Don't want you to have to ship it, though.

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From: starstraf
2007-05-08 04:28 pm (UTC)
we can be on the list - if a thursday then you also get Ruth and Sarah
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