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Offline thezu

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Adding (forgotten) water after dough comes together?
« on: September 11, 2023, 01:48:43 PM »
I haven't made Tony G.'s Master Dough with Poolish in quite a long time, sticking rather with a Lehmann-style formulation using IDY and no starter.  Since I've been conditioned to using IDY and not having to activate it in a small amount of water I completely overlooked the 70g called for separately in Tony's recipe.  I didn't realize it until the dough started coming together and was straining my KA mixer.  I immediately stopped the mixer, realized the omission of the water, then added in the 70g H2O.

It took a while for that new addition of water to be uniformly absorbed into the dough ball.  I mixed on low for 2-3 minutes with the ball kinda just swirling around in a puddle in the bowl.  Then I let it rest for 10 mins and had much better results mixing.  About 6 more minutes mixing and it resembled a "normal" dough ball that I'm used to.

Question: can dough absorb "forgotten" water after initial mixing?  What effects would this have relative to a normal ball?
I'll find out in a couple days when I bake it.

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Re: Adding (forgotten) water after dough comes together?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2023, 02:36:06 PM »
Yes. Just say the word “bassinage” as you are doing this and it will be ok. ;D  It may have taken less extra mixing time if you had added the water and a little at a time.
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Re: Adding (forgotten) water after dough comes together?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2023, 06:18:29 PM »
Cool.  I was not familiar with that at all.  Good to know.

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