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Offline Jackie_Treehorn

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Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:52:28 PM »
I've been using the Lehmann calculation tool for a few weeks now, but I'm wondering if I'm doing it right.

Here is what I do for 4, 10oz balls: 56% hydration, .5% yeast, 1.9% salt, 3% oil, 2% sugar. I follow the calculated dough ingredients to the letter using my kitchen scale using grams.

After mixing on speed 3 of 12 for about 20 minutes in my stand mixer, I form into 10oz. balls and place in tupperware containers that have been misted with cooking spray. Then I mist the balls with cooking spray. Then into the fridge uncovered for 1 hour. Then I cover the tupperware containers and let set for 24 hours in the fridge. A side note, sometimes I place two balls into their own zip lock bag and freeze them. After thawing those, the same information applies.

After 24 hours in the fridge, I pull out the containers and here is where I have the question. I guess I expect the balls to come out round, just a bit bigger, but mine don't hold their form. They flatten out. Not flat like a pancake, but certainly not like I put them in. I'm wondering if this is 'normal' or perhaps there is something wrong with my calculation on ingredients, or procedure.
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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 08:26:11 PM »
I think that is kind of a personal question.   :-D
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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 02:00:11 AM »
Mine flatten out as well, but they still bake up fine.  Maybe try reballing a few hrs before you intend to bake to get them less flat.
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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 11:49:18 AM »
Jackie, I want my dough balls to flatten out over time.  This seems to indicate your dough is relaxed after a prolonged rest.  This gives me a head start in stretching my dough.  I like a thin, but puffy NY pie,.  Reballing made my dough more difficult to stretch.  Mark

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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 01:31:11 PM »
For me it depends on the hydration and whether I cold ferment or let counter rise.  High hydration and a counter rise equals flat balls for me.

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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 01:37:38 PM »
I think that is kind of a personal question.   :-D


I agree! :-D

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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 05:41:36 PM »
What flour are you using? Have you tried Bulk  rise in fridge 24 hours then ball into fridge for 8-24 more then 6-8 hours room temp? another prersonal qustiond ?  How do you form your balls ? with a pinch ? ouch!
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Re: Do your balls flatten out or stay round?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 05:47:41 AM »
My balls are always big and round.


 

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