Fireplace Bread


Now that I have plenty of time on my hands, I have been playing with high hydration break making. This took all day in prepping and just came out of the fireplace oven.

Good bread making is all about technique. So for this loaf I started with 500g flour, 350g yes grams of water, this gives about a 60% hydration ratio, a teaspoon of salt and the same of yeast. I weighed out everything and put it in the stand mixer and kneaded it for 5mins.

It was then left to rest for 30mins and transferred to large tupperware container for proving. Every hour i returned and stretched it out and folded it into 3, that went on for 6 hours, before it was shaped and placed in a rattan bread mold for the final proving and cooking in the fire at bloody hot degrees C.

Now i just need it to cool enough so that I can cut it open and see if i have nice air bubble formation. It should have some, but it really needs to be done overnight and be closer to 24hours before it would get nice big holes.

Edit: I am going in the right direction with this. Nice chewy texture.


The Art of Bread


The wife has a turn out on today and my contribution to this affair was to bake my world famous bacon and cheese pull apart. To give you some rough proportions of this monster, its about 400x250x150mm, layers of dough bacon and cheese. Pity i do not get to eat any of it. Its all for the lady conference taking place here HAHAHA.


Coffee, Cake and FT8

Sunday here is cooking day, I do a bit of radio and cook up a storm. Not only can I solder, but i am a damn fine cook as well. So today, in between making a few contacts on 15m, i made a chocolate cake. So with double espresso in one hand and cake in the other, I am doing FT8. There are some advantages to the watching paint dry mode of boredom, you can stuff your face with yummies.