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DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« on: January 12, 2014, 03:42:47 pm »
Based on Uni's quick rolls in under an hour. Thanks Uni so much. I make the rolls often. It makes lovley loaves, but not in under an hour to get the right softness and bounce.

http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=12530.0

So many people have asked me about the adapted big soft loaves so I thought I'd start a new thread with all my info in one place. Please refer back to Uni's thread too.  

600 g strong white plain flour (bakers flour) or 450g  strong white and 150 wholemeal. ( or other mix of flours)
370g tepid water ( may need a fraction more, depends on flours)
22 g fresh yeast (or 2.5 tsp traditional dried yeast or 2 tsp fast action instant yeast - the fast action is very very small grains)
Two slugs of olive oil (two tablespoons) I don't measure it!
1 tsp sea salt
Scant half teaspoon of vit C powder

Put water in  *: with yeast and mix speed 2 20 secs.
Weigh in flour.
Put on top of flour the salt, the vit c and oil.

Shut lid and  :: for four minutes. After one minute add a little water if it needs it, repeat as necessary. Only experience will tell you this. The dough should feel soft but not stick to your fingers. It should just be handleable.

Leave to rise until double or pushing mc out. In my temps about 40 minutes.
Turn out on to silpat mat and shape into a two pound loaf.
Put in loaf tin. Spray with water.
Leave to rise until double and finger test indicates proof is complete. Can take up to an hour. ( the better the rising and proofing, the softer the loaf). When almost ready slash top with sharp knife or lame.

Just before the oven spray the top again with water. Sprinkle with seeds optional.
Put in oven 220 approx, lower if fan. Turn 180' after 15 to 20 mins. Briefly spray inside of oven.
Done in 30 to 35 mins.

Here are some pics ( sorry for size of pics and long post)
Enjoy..and bake

White


Brown made with brown flour


Proving in 2lb tin


With part wholemeal flour


Yesterday's two, one with 50g sundried tomatoes and dried onion (rehydrated) and Topped with nigella seeds


« Last Edit: January 12, 2014, 03:52:36 pm by Droverjess »

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 03:57:34 pm »
Thanks DJ. Good instructions and helpful photos.

Photo shows that you proof it inside a plastic bag. Does it speed up the process?

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 04:27:03 pm »
Well thanks for asking BZB it keep off the draughts, and makes a humid atmosphere.  I sometimes use a big bowl, but it doesn't fit over the two pound tin. It keeps it moist, and doesn't make a dry crust on top.

Here are today's photos for part wholemeal made in two tins.

Shaped and in tins


Proofing nicely


Ready for the oven


Baked


Enjoy
« Last Edit: January 12, 2014, 05:34:25 pm by Droverjess »

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 06:52:52 pm »
They look great, DJ, thanks for the adaptation.

One hint I got from Chookie - either here on the forum or one time when we got together - was to use one of the shower caps you get in hotels for the proofing.  It works a treat.  I've since collected a few of them and use them often simply as covers over salads, etc. in the fridge as well instead of plastic wrap.
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 07:19:03 pm »
A great photo gallery of the breads you have made using this recipe DJ 8)
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 09:01:09 pm »
Fantastic DJ, will try your way for sure.  :)

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 09:20:59 pm »
Oh thanks Julie, please do let me know how you get on.

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 10:54:13 pm »
Thanks DJ.  Love the photo's and your bread looks wonderful.  Next time I make a loaf will be giving your method a try.  Would try today but it's supposed to be 40C so don't want to use the oven!!!!!!!!!

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 10:57:46 pm »
Ooh fantastic dj, were going home today, on my to do list :)
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 11:33:40 pm »
DJ, thanks for the finger test explanation. Reposting on your loaf thread so that I can find it easily :)

BZB

Andrew Whitley wrote Bread matters, he is a great baker he told me years ago to use a  finger pad, and press gently on the surface of the dough, to feel how far the dough is fighting back. Test the rising dough periodically, and he said when the dough has proofed to a point where the finger test tells you that it is nearing its maximum expansion it will be ready to bake. What that means is it must take the finger pressure and keep its shape. I hope I am explaining this ok. A bit of practice and you'll get to know.  If the dough sinks, it is over proofed.
There should be just enough 'gas' left in the yeast to give a final push of 'oven spring' in the oven to give the final lift to the loaf.


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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2014, 01:41:44 am »
Nice to have your method all in one place DJ, the bread speaks for itself.
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2014, 05:20:58 am »
Heres todays :)
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2014, 07:08:21 am »
It didn't take long for you to get into the bread baking after your weekend away Hally.  I'd love to make a loaf but in this weather, not on your Nelly  ;D
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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2014, 07:30:03 am »
Good loaf Hally.  :D

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Re: DJ's soft springy loaf with thanks to Uni
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2014, 08:43:57 am »
Thx dj, tastes good too :)
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