Use Your Loaf – Bake Your Own!

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Post: #1344 sunpuppy
Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:37 pm

I've just started making my own bread (loaf two was on Sunday!) and need some advice.

My bread didn't rise as much as I wanted it to, and I wondered if it was because I didn't use enough flour for the tin (2lb tin), or water, or both.

I used:
500g of wholemeal flour
1tsp Quick Yeast
1tsp salt
1tbsp olive oil
325ml hand hot water

I mixed the flour, salt and quick yeast together, then mixed in the water, followed by the oil. After I kneaded it, I left it in the mixing bowl in a warm place for an hour and it doubled in size, but when I took it out to knead it again, it shrank and never recovered! It rose a little bit more when I left it for another half hour, but never managed to rise above the edge of the loaf tin.

Help! Are my measurements at fault, or is it my technique?! :bom:

NB: the bread tasted fine though, apart from not rising!

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Post: #1346 Andy Hamilton
Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:04 pm

Did you cover it with a clean tea towel or plastic bag both times?
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Post: #1349 sunpuppy
Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:16 am

Andy Hamilton wrote:Did you cover it with a clean tea towel or plastic bag both times?


I covered it the first time, but not the second (not sure why, probably forgot!)

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Post: #1350 sunpuppy
Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:33 am

next time I'll leave the second rise a bit longer.

Might also increase the quantities of flour and water a little too...

I have to say, it's mightily satisfying making your own bread, and the taste is just so much nicer than shop bought.

Thanks for the input..... :bom:

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Post: #1351 Andy Hamilton
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:07 pm

sunpuppy wrote:
I have to say, it's mightily satisfying making your own bread, and the taste is just so much nicer than shop bought.



much cheaper too :wink: I highly reccomend trying elsinore bread http://www.selfsufficientish.com/elsinorebread.htm - certainly one of my favorites. I have seen similar bread for sale in deli's for £2 a loaf I work this out to be about 45p a loaf!
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Post: #1359 sunpuppy
Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:18 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:I highly reccomend trying elsinore bread http://www.selfsufficientish.com/elsinorebread.htm - certainly one of my favorites. I have seen similar bread for sale in deli's for £2 a loaf I work this out to be about 45p a loaf!


Sounds interesting - the only thing is, I can't stand cottage cheese. Does the bread taste cottage-cheese-like when it's done?

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Post: #1360 Andy Hamilton
Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:33 pm

It does not taste of cottage cheese what so ever. My girlfriend hates cottage cheese too and she really likes this bread.

It does strongly taste of dill seed which I think is quite a warm flavour. Took me a while to hunt down some dill seed I found some in a health food shop in the end. I nearly ended up buying some from a garden centre!
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Post: #1362 sunpuppy
Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:41 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:It does not taste of cottage cheese what so ever. My girlfriend hates cottage cheese too and she really likes this bread.


Fab - I'll give it a go this weekend.... :bom:

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Post: #1373 Wombat
Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:50 pm

I used to make my own bread years ago, using a recipe that was given to me by a naturopath friend, but it was quite complicated :shock: . I have been reading about wood fired ovens (goin' ta build me a cob oven! :mrgreen: ) and most of the writers favour the longer rising sour dough type. Has anyone any expereince with making sourdough type bread?

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