Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alien Bread

After we had dinner, I went to get Larry and Jackie's bread out of my car.  While I had it in a paper bag,  I forgot to close it up.   God only knows what the humidity did to the crust :)  This is the first time I haven't been able to analyze a finished bread so it's a little scary.  Like sending a kid off to school on his own for the first time (hopefully not to get eaten)  Well,  maybe it turned out OK.

Larry called it the "Alien Bread".  Darn if it doesn't look like an alien :)  Hmmm... I definitely have to work on my scoring technique.  Will have to buy some razor blades this weekend :)  Using a sharp knife isn't (excuse the pun) cutting it.

Bread was on the next to lowest rack in the oven on a baking stone pre-heated to 450F.  One cup of water was added to a pan on the first rack for steam.  The bread and the oven sides where sprayed with water in the first minute.  Two minutes later, I did the same thing.  Baked it for 15 minutes and lowered the temp to 375F (the loaf was getting a nice golden brown color at the time). Unfortunately, I was afraid it might take longer than normal to bake (and we had to leave by 5pm) so I put back to 400 after about 15 minutes.  The bread baked for a total of 50 minutes.  Color was darker than I would have liked, but it smelled pretty darn good and it seemed like it would have a nice crunchy crust.  Still not getting a lot of "spring" in the oven (although it definitely did spring more than the last one)  so I'll cut down on the proofing time on the next batch and see.

Larry and Jackie and bread... oh my ;)


Bargegirl said...

Lucky dogs!

Joe Gee said...

After reading Larry's FB post yesterday, it appears that the little "alien" bread turned out OK after all :)

Larry: "YUM!!!! The "little alien" bread is DELICIOUS!!!!!"

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