Meanwhile back at the Bread 9-28-11
Last night we baked 90 loaves of the best bread we’ve made to date. We are now baking a consistent loaf, in flavor, size, shape and color. I have learned that the prime baking range is between 550°f and as low as 375°f. Higher temps cause a fast rise that is not baked all the way through. We have also learned that the yeast has an active life of about 15 hours after that the bread will not rise consistently. We are getting 3-30 loaf loads baked on one firing of the oven. If we need to bake more than that we load the excess loaves into the refrigerator for two hours after shaping then we pull and allow the final rise. This retards the yeast and we get a good oven spring.
This project is coming up on a year and a half, “from bricks to bread.” I learn something new with each bake and as with so many things the task will show you the way, if you are patient and have your eyes open.
If you have any comments or questions I’d love to hear from you.
Mad Coyote Joe