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Offline Wazza McG

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A great read about yeast.
« on: December 15, 2005, 09:34:10 AM »
Here is a great spiel about yeast. 

I stumbled across it looking for a ciabatta bread recipe thinking that this may give me a few suggestions on how to get a better aerated crust for my standard oven.  In section two, under  "Factors Effecting Fermentation - Yeast Growth" the second paragraph supports what Petezza has been saying for some time - less yeast is better with longer fermantation.  I did not understand all the information about yeast, however, I do have more knowledge on things to consider.

Hompage -

The ciabattta bread looks a bit like the bottom 2 pictures from this thread.

and here are the recipes that got me to the yeast thread in the first place - not sure how though.  I found every link a tutorial and very relevant, especially the articles on biga's and poolishes.

I was particularly interested in the Ciabatta - Indirect Method (Poolish #1) for a pizza correlation.

I hope you enjoy the links as much as I did. 

Finally, I would like to confirm that I have had great success with spraying a fine mist of water on the rim of my crust just prior to it entering the oven and doing it again 2 minutes before removal - this tip is probably only for standard ovens (8~12 minute cooking time).  The crust does brown better and if you get the hydration right, the base is light and airy with a delicate crunch on the outer rim - delightful.


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Re: A great read about yeast.
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2005, 06:34:20 PM »
I knew that link! it has many reference to Pyler....

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Re: A great read about yeast.
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2005, 08:41:50 PM »
I must suggest you try the ciabatta recipe in  "The  Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum. It seems after trying many different recipes this has been the one that I can use with consistant results, always good. Don't buy the book, just get it at your library. Buy the book if you like what you see. If you are into ciabatta this is an easy loaf. I do shorten the final rise to 45 minutes because this dough is so active the holes actually become too large.

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Re: A great read about yeast.
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2005, 01:09:36 AM »
my favorite surprising bit of information from this wonderful link

 Interestingly, it has been shown that at lower levels, rather than being detrimental, salt actually exerts a favorable influence on yeast fermentation, A series of studies have shown that the use of 0.5 to 1.0% salt in the sponge of a sponge-and-dough process resulted in reductions in the fermentation time, while at the same time producing a better quality bread than was obtained with a sponge containing 0.15% or no salt.