Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day (con't)

On Tuesday morning I took the highly aerated dough from the cold storage room where it had been kept since Sunday at around 45-50º. I scooped out a hunk and placed it in my banneton. Probably I should have scooped out more because the dough was really undersized for the banneton, and it barely rose at all. The instructions tell you to bake after about 40 minutes, but I wasn't excited about putting such a cold dough in my conventional gas oven. I waited about two hours, and the dough was still cold. I baked it anyway and did get a little oven spring.
The crust is thin and crisp, just the way I like it, and the dough is pleasantly filled with mouse holes, but the flavor did not excite me. In fact, there really wasn't much flavor, and it tasted slightly salty.
I will, however, continue with this method for awhile to see where it takes me.

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