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Title: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 02, 2020, 03:02 PM
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I've made this recipe 4 times now with only one failure. My attempt to use whole wheat flour.

Other than that, it's produced a loaf that rivals the best "Artisan" loaf produced locally. It's crispy with a sort of chewy texture and a really pleasant taste. Makes good sandwiches and great toast.

I'm making French Toast with it tonight for dinner.

Super simple cook.
3 c. Unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp active yeast
1 tsp table salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 c. Hot tap water

Mix dry ingredients
Add hot water
Blend to a shaggy dough
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for 4-6 hours.

Preheat oven and a Dutch oven to 450 degrees
Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment paper., place in hot Dutch oven, cover with lid and return to oven for 30-35 minutes.

That's it!

I've added toasted sesame seeds and a light coat of butter to the dough. I just can't leave anything alone.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 02, 2020, 04:07 PM
French Toast

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Damned delicious!

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: oatkasut on Jan 02, 2020, 07:44 PM
I love good bread; any left?
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Post by: meandcuznalfy on Jan 02, 2020, 08:42 PM
Looks great, gonna have to try that. Love good homemade bread.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Jan 02, 2020, 08:57 PM
That looks awesome ! What size dutch oven are you using and I'm assuming cast iron ?
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 03, 2020, 02:18 AM
I don't have a cast iron pot. Just my 6 quart soup pot. It's oven safe and heats up faster than cast iron. You could use anything with a lid. The crispness comes from high-temperature and  the steam being captured in the pot. Some folks use a pan of water in the oven and bake it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. I can't see why.

It's a pretty foolproof recipe the way it is.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 03, 2020, 08:42 AM
Looks great Bob..
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 03, 2020, 02:01 PM
You have to try this one Dom. It's really good.

Bob
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 08, 2020, 06:34 PM
going to ithaca tomorrow scouting deer
before i leave gonna mix up some of your bread recipe RG and cover to rise while im gone got seseme seeds,dehydrated garlic and poppie seeds to top for an "everything bread" cant wait to try!!!!will post results
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 09, 2020, 03:35 AM
Sounds great. Made one yesterday. Finally got the sesame seeds to stick with an egg wash coating. Gave the loaf a nice shine as well.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Mac Attack on Jan 09, 2020, 06:28 AM

Gave the loaf a nice shine as well.

Rg


WHAT?!??!


 :w00t:
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 09, 2020, 04:54 PM
You need help!
Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 09, 2020, 05:19 PM

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Before and after letting cool, smells awesome! I preheated a cast iron Dutch oven at 450 like ya said RG and put in and lid on sat timer for 33 mins and pulled out , trying shortly!!
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Mac Attack on Jan 09, 2020, 05:19 PM
lol


I have always said you're a funny funny guy Bob.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 09, 2020, 05:24 PM
couldnt wait haha cut piece off..... buttered it....
man o man
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 09, 2020, 05:33 PM

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I could eat this whole darn thing!!!
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 10, 2020, 03:12 AM
Looks delicious. I love a recipe that just works.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 16, 2020, 07:25 AM
I've switched over to the "poor man's Dutch oven" method.
2 nonstick loaf pans clipped with binder clips.

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Same bread mixture except I've been letting mine proof for 4-5 hours. No preheating of the pan is required. Just preheat the oven to 400* ( not 450). Bake 30-35 minutes.

Makes beautiful sandwich bread.
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Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 16, 2020, 07:36 AM
Nice RG I made another loaf yesterday in my cast iron Dutch oven,only problem is the bottom gets alot harder than rest of bread
I'm guessing it's from the real hot bottom of pot
Gonna try your method. 
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 16, 2020, 08:47 AM
Looks delicious....
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 16, 2020, 01:50 PM
It definitely came out more evenly cooked in the loaf pans at a lower temperature.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: gotagetm on Jan 16, 2020, 05:05 PM
nice....thanks gonna try this weekend
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 04, 2020, 03:13 AM
I switched over to a 3 quart Corning casserole lined with parchment , covered at 400* for 30 minutes. Then 10-15 minutes uncovered. Best results yet.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Apr 04, 2020, 10:23 PM
Rg , do you by chance watch Artissan bread making with Steve on You tube ?
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2020, 04:01 AM
I've seen his videos.  And a dozen others as well. He's a pretty meticulous guy.

My conclusion is that this method is so forgiving you can make it just about any way you want. The method I posted here is what I've settled on. Mostly because my Bride and I really like the taste and texture of this recipe. Also the round loaf done in the casserole lined with parchment ends up with a nice crispy crust all around the loaf. I've let it fire for anywhere from 3-12 hours and can't tell the difference in the finished loaf.

Only thing I do that seemed to make a smoother textured loaf is I knead the dough gently about 10-15 times before putting it in the casserole to proof a second time. It's more of kneading it into a ball than anything else. Pretty much the same thing I do to pasta dough.

I played around with the "poor man's Dutch oven" a couple times. Makes a good sandwich loaf but comes out a bit more dense than the casserole.
 For your rolls....did you use a sheet pan of water in the oven while you were baking them?

I've been trying to think of a way to make hot dog rolls out of this dough.
I'm happy everyone is having fun with this.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: MILLERMANKT on Apr 05, 2020, 11:22 PM
I did not use a pan of water, I'll try that next time. It was my first time trying it, I usually use our bread machine.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 06, 2020, 06:13 AM
The added moisture will crisp the crust very nicely.

I'm on a mission to make hot dog and hamburger rolls today. We shall see!

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 18, 2020, 06:05 PM
Local stores are out of flour and yeast  :cursing: :cursing: though I can get flour easy enough since my family owns a restaurant, but thereís still no bread yeast. I may have to sacrifice some of my wine yeast to do this with, though that is in short supply for me too. Not a huge fan of sourdough so not going there.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 19, 2020, 04:20 AM
Buy your yeast online. I'm going to buy bulk soon. I have plenty for now.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 27, 2020, 07:58 AM
This video makes it look way simpler (and overall less messy) than I ever thought!  His other videos have the dry ingredients being mixed first, which is the way Iíve always been taught as well, but  doing it like this seems even easier.


Still looking for yeast however.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 27, 2020, 08:47 AM
Yeah, i bought bread pans and clips and tried that method a few times. My Bride and i like the loaf in the corning casserole better. It seems to rise more. We found the poor mans bread a bit more dense and chewy.

Bob
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 27, 2020, 03:29 PM
I got the bread pans already, Iíll be looking for an appropriate casserole dish in the future. Trying it with some wine yeast, itíll need more time to rise but it should work out. Going to start a yeast starter culture with some too, at least until I find bread yeast.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Beekeeper1099 on Apr 27, 2020, 06:44 PM
Seamonkey, do you have a BJ's wholesale near you? I get my yeast in a double 1 lb brick pack from there. Just got another and split it with my brother. Just food for thought.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 27, 2020, 08:19 PM
I do have a BJs and a membership, I didnít think to go there... but thatís a whole lot of yeast. I guess I canít get picky if they have it. As it is, Iím going to have to see if I still have viable yeast in one of my mead starters.
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Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 28, 2020, 12:37 AM
Well, itís almost 1:30am, and I just pulled my very first loaf of bread out. The only binder clips I Could find were too small to clamp the two pans, but it rested on top just fine. The wine yeast (mix of two old open packet from back of fridge) seemed to have worked just fine too. I did hydrate and feed it the sugar for a while before to make sure it was active and alive. Mixed and set in a warm spot for 6 hours, punched and stretched, and set to rise again in pan for just over an hour before baking. Never had to touch the dough!
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Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 28, 2020, 05:33 AM
Very nice!
Enjoy.
Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Perch-Pirate on Apr 28, 2020, 07:08 AM
Hey guys,
After you bake the bread. How do you store it? Just curious if you have any special storage to keep it at max freshness.

Thanks!
PP
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 28, 2020, 01:12 PM
That is a good question, Iíd assume to stick it in a plastic bag like store bought breads. It doesnít take long for it to start to dry once cut. I really enjoyed this loaf, itís almost gone already. Yes, itís on the dense and chewy side, like a French bread. Iím looking to try and make my next batch with a softer crust.
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Post by: Perch-Pirate on Apr 28, 2020, 01:35 PM
Yes, sea monkey. That is why I asked. When I made it last, I ate half of it hot with butter, so good! But the rest I put in a ziploc bag and it wasnít nearly as good the next day. So, I made French toast and regular toast with it and it was fine, but you could tell that it lost something, similar to fresh Italian or French bread from the store.
I do the same with store bought, French toast, buttered toast, or croutons...maybe it is what it is...
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 30, 2020, 06:58 AM
Based on other recipes, if you add 1-2 table spoons of oil or butter itíll help it keep a softer crust. Thereís other recipes that use milk or added powdered milk to the water. I added two tablespoons of oil to my second loaf and the crust was softer. The first rise wasnít as fast with the oil added, so this i added the oil when I punched and stretched for the second rise.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 30, 2020, 07:29 AM
Heres what we use to keep,our bread.

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Found a plastic bowl at walmart for $2.99, turned a handle for it on my lathe. Fits our dinner plates perfectly. We put a piece of plastic wrap over the cut end or turn the cut end down on the plate if it fits. It just sits on the counter. Doesn't seem to be a need to refrigerate it.

My bread wll last about five days with no mold or staleness.

I wouldnt put it in a plastic bag. Pretty sure it will produce mold very quickly in that moist of an environment.

On another note, i just bought a two lb. bag of Red Star Instant Dry yeast on amazon for $28. Should last us a while.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 30, 2020, 07:38 AM
Another note about yeast. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 years. I plan on vacuum packing portions and freezing them. Should do just fine.

Can't  believe the shortage of yeast in stores. Manufacturers say it could take months for supplies to be replenished at grocery store levels.

I'm not much of a hoarder, but I'd say buy some now if tou can.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on Apr 30, 2020, 01:59 PM
Iím maintaining my own yeast starter, not letting it get sour though.
Iíve been making a loaf a day since I started. The one I baked this morning, I added a cup of mixed berries (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry), a bit more flour, and two tablespoons of brown sugar, and glazed it with honey. Of course the cross section I did didnít have any berries visible  :-\. The overall color is more of a purple-brown.

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Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 30, 2020, 04:25 PM
I envy your baking abilities. That loaf looks really delicious.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 30, 2020, 06:06 PM
That looks great SM...  Nice job....
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on May 01, 2020, 07:05 AM
I definitely should of just ordered the yeast when you mentioned it, it jumped $10. But like I said, good thing I have a yeast culture going.
I appreciate the complements, Iím only three loafs in. First times making dough, just mixing in this case, way too easy. I do have an understanding of yeast, as I started making wine/mead again a year ago. The next time I make the berry bread, Iím adding more sugar or all honey (playing off my favorite mead blend). I forgot how acidic/sour the berries can be when itís not sweetened.
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: rgfixit on May 01, 2020, 04:32 PM
I have yet to flavor any of my breads. I would probably lean towards a garlic herb bread to start. Maybe the next loaf.

Rg
Title: Re: I'm Hooked On This Bread!
Post by: seamonkey84 on May 01, 2020, 06:51 PM
Now another issue, the bread knife from a knife set Iím using sucks. Iíve been thinking about getting an electric fillet knife to encourage myself to keep and eat more fish. Would the blades that go with a rapala electric knife work for bread?
Also, I lucked out, I stopped by the grocery store this morning for milk For the kids, and saw that they had received a good shipment of stock in. The shelves were actually full of toilet paper and paper towels! So I ran over to the baking supplies isle and they actually had flour and yeast! I grabbed one 4oz bottle of fleishmanns active dry. Itíll be more convenient to use it than to maintain the starter. Iíll prob keep it going for a bit to compare, and just because itís something different.
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Post by: rgfixit on May 04, 2020, 08:19 PM
For a knife I just use a Farberware bread  knife. My electeic knife...which I mostly use for cleaning fish... is a Goodwill found, Hamilton Beach. $5 or less i think. Cleaned countless fish and cut many a turkey with that knife.

Rg