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  • More Bread Baking…getting the crust right.

    by coldwarrior ( 31 Comments › )
    Filed under Food and Drink, Open thread at January 21st, 2020 - 9:59 am

    I’ll be posting this while I bake. So watch for updates.

    I am able to bake really good bread, but I can’t seem to get the crust as crunchy as I’d like. I comes out pretty crunchy if I bake in one of these. he problem is, It is a large round loaf that, while quite yummy, is not the shape needed for lunches. I need a loaf….yeah, Serious First World Problem.

    The trick to a great crust, according to the ‘experts’ is getting it to steam inside of a closed vessel. It works fairly well as proved above.

    I always use the Poolish method for a starter for any bread or pizza dough. The poolish (or starter), made the night before. Its a little flour, yeast, and water. The Poolish is ready to go.

    the bread will be baked in one of these.

    The manufacturer says that this can handle up to 6-7 cups of flour. I want room for expansion so 5 cups flour will be the start point not including the Poolish. Flour should be weighed. so 5 cups is about 600g which is about 22oz of bread flour, 100g or 3.5 oz of semolina, 4 tbs olive oil, 2 tsp sugar, 2 1/2 tsp salt, 4 tsp of Baker’s Special Dry Milk, just a dach of yeast to help out, and 18 oz of water =/- to get the texture right.

    Put it all in the stand mixer on low for 5 minutes. I reserve some of the water for later. Mix it and then let it sit for 10-15 minutes while the flour absorbs the water.

    I had to add a little water to the dough and now 10-15 minutes of stand mixer on slow. The dough should just stick to the bottom of the bowl and not the sides. The gluten process starts here in this and the previous step and finishes after the proofing and rising. After a few minutes, the gluten strands are evident in the dough.

    The manufacturer says to let it rise for 30 minutes in an oiled bowl, then shape it, and put it in the loaf baker for an hour. I oiled and cornmealed the pan so it doesn’t stick. OK…here we go!

    Brush the top with water, 3 1/2 inch deep cuts, dust with flour, and into the 475 oven for 45 minutes.

    All finished!


    Sunday Morning Open

    by coldwarrior ( 72 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at January 19th, 2020 - 4:47 am


    Thursday Drive-by Open

    by lobo91 ( 109 Comments › )
    Filed under Uncategorized at January 16th, 2020 - 9:31 am

    Here you go…

    NCAA Football Championship for the 2019 Season Open

    by coldwarrior ( 86 Comments › )
    Filed under Beer of the Week, College Football, Food and Drink, Friday Cigar, Open thread at January 13th, 2020 - 9:09 am

    Done with 4 nights in a row. But, no time to slack off. There is what promises to be one of the greatest football games in the history of College Ball tonight. As it is Saturday morning for me, some details have to be attended to. The pellet reactor smoker is lit, and we have fission smoke. I’ll nap whilst the Cajun brined and injected turkey breast gets layered with my Yankee Smokers proprietary blend of wood pellets. The girls demand beer-can chicken. that will go an later.

    A cigar is in order, as well as a shot and a beer whist Mrs Coldwarrior is at the gym. A Perla Del Mar Churchill, a fridge temperature Stoli shot, and a Cigar City Brewing Maduro chaser fits the bill nicely. The Perla Del Mar is something that every cigar lover should have in their humidor. It’s damn near perfect. I almost always buy my cigars at auction, these, I pay full price for, gladly.

    #3 Clemson versus #1 LSU at 8:00 PM from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in N’Orleans. The pretenders and wanna-be over rated programs are weeded out. There are no Sooners, Tide, Buckeyes, or Ducks. It’s TIGERS all the way down!

    LSU is giving 6 to Clemson (as of yesterday and I am going with that). That LSU offense is flat out great. They could beat some pro teams. Clemson is no slouch on O either. Both defenses are really good too. Clemson’s QB is undefeated, 25-0. And he’s ‘just’ Sophomore! ‘Clemson allows the fewest points of any team in the country (11.5 per game) and the second-fewest yards (264.1).’ but they don’t play in the SEC like LSU. It comes down to Clemson’s defense. LSU can make any D look foolish. I would not be surprised if LSU wins by 3 touchdowns.

    Back to the 6 point spread.

    38/69…1600/1000 thus far. That’s a 60% ROI (with fake money because I would never bet real money on a bunch of 20 y.o. kids, ever.). I’ll put $100 on Clemson to cover…but LSU wins. The bet is on the ‘line’, not on the eventual winner. I won’t bet more as I don’t have confidence. Clemson beat Ohio State with some late game heroics and a ‘bend don’t break’ defense. That might not work against the LSU machine.

    Ohio State was over-rated again by the media, and are always over rated by their fans, sorry, my doppelgänger. But it’s the truth. Ohio State is in fact one Woody Hayes quality head-coach away from dominating NCAA ball. But, that only comes around once in a lifetime…and they had theirs. They have the talent but not the discipline.

    The cigar is all but finished, my booze is done, the smoker is on auto-pilot. Nap time.

    Have a great day. See yinz tonight.

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