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September 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm #5188Donna BuntenParticipant
P.S. My tops are still “wrinkly” even though I only proofed for 30 minutes, plus the oven pre-heat time. Will keep experimenting!September 17, 2021 at 1:34 pm #5182Donna BuntenParticipant
I baked 4 really pretty loaves with the new formula this morning. I used the new amounts, but charged ahead and missed the changes to the mixing; i.e., adding the oatmeal after the slap & fold (I mix by hand). My dough is usually still pretty tacky during the slap & fold and I never get a good window pane, but I just sense when the dough is done (and my arms are done). Oh well, looking forward to using the new method next time.
FYI, I couldn’t access the video links through the pdf, but I could through the spreadsheet (I use a MacBook Air). The additional videos on shaping and proofing are really helpful. I was never sure what I was trying to accomplish with the pre-shaping step–this helped. And even though I didn’t watch until after the bake, I really liked the hand mixing video.
Regarding baking more loaves: I bake 4 loaves in a standard-sized oven, rotating 180 degrees and front to back halfway through the bake. My oven is also a convection oven, although I don’t use it much. I was wondering about baking 3 loaves per rack using convection. Does anyone have any advice/experience using convection heating? Would the loaves not brown as well?
Plus, since I’m mixing by hand, I’m not sure I could handle the dough for 6 loaves at one time. I may just have to bake more often. Now that gardening season is done and the weather is turning, my thoughts are likewise turning to indoor activities.
Thanks for the new materials, Katherine!September 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm #5179Katherine KehrliKeymaster
Couple things on oats:
First – “oats fall” – it is part of the process.
Second – to thump or not to thump – you don’t always have to thump it is simpliy a technique. If you know your loaves are done just set them to cool.
Another thought – when adhering your oats, do make sure to give them a little pat/press on top of the loaf to help them adhere. That said, I always have stray oatmeal from the unmolding process, tipped out gently or completely inverted. One thing that helps, a friendly lab. Thankful for my dog at the end of bake to help clean up the oats that end up on the floor. 🙂 Happy baking everyone!September 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm #5178Katherine KehrliKeymaster
Working on making sure everyone has access. Thank you for alerting me!
KatherineSeptember 17, 2021 at 12:25 pm #5177Katherine KehrliKeymaster
Nina, did you get this to work? I’ve not been able to replicate the issue. Let me know. I’ll email you the recipe if necessary.September 17, 2021 at 12:24 pm #5176Katherine KehrliKeymaster
Each oven is a little different. I found that my loaves baked better 4 across then staggering them 2 up and 2 down. You will need to play with this to see what works best in your oven. Be sure to check on them 20-25 minutes into the bake so you can make any necessary adjustments.September 17, 2021 at 10:10 am #5155Greg GlocknerParticipant
It works fine on an iPad, which is great for me since that’s what I use while baking.
But the file size is huge! I was able to get it 15x smaller (!) by compressing the pictures. Here is a link to my edited version: https://1drv.ms/x/s!ApDhmJwuQsKd5mIBEyulcb6JQJFISeptember 17, 2021 at 9:39 am #5152Valerie SteinParticipant
Thanks, Jennifer! I don’t lose as many oats after the loaves have cooled in the pan, which I usually do before removing them, but I like the sideways approach. I’ll try that next time (tomorrow!).
Also, thanks again for the 6-loaf suggestions, Karen – guess I need to get more pans. 😉
Happy baking indeed.
ValerieSeptember 16, 2021 at 4:32 pm #5143Jennifer TaylorParticipant
I dont know if this will help but when I remove loaves from the pan, i tip the pan sideways and jiggle it so the loaf comes out on the counter, laying on its side. I don’t have to handle it much. I lose a little bit of oats, but not too much. Thumping the bottom is easy because the loaf is laying on its side. Then I lift up the ends of the loaf, using mits, and put it right side up on a cooling rack.
I like the way you put it – by doing 6 loaves at a time, we can do more at a time, rather than just more in more sessions.
JenniferSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm #5142Valerie SteinParticipant
The six loaf input is very helpful, since I just got my Ank, and I’ve been pondering how to make more at a time, instead of just more in more sessions. I am wondering how you thump the bottom without losing oats off the top… I find that handling the loaf with an oven mitt pulls them off. I’ve learned my pans and timing so that I can trust that they’re done, but the new formula may change that.
*By the way, I just realized that this Forum does not show up from the “Forums ” page on the dashboard – I accessed through the link in the email. Thought you might like to know that.September 16, 2021 at 1:34 pm #5137Jennifer TaylorParticipant
That’s really helpful Karen. Thank you! I’ll try that tomorrow. Yay!September 16, 2021 at 12:43 pm #5134Karen WheelerParticipant
In reply to Jennifer’s question about fitting 6 loaves into a standard oven – I set the shelves so that I can put three on each shelf, and then I switch them around (top to bottom) at the midpoint in the baking. It works well for me. I find that the bottoms of the ones that are on the bottom shelf first get browner and sometimes the ones that are on the bottom shelf second need a little longer in the oven than the first set. My loaves get plenty of thumping on their bottoms!
Happy baking! KarenSeptember 16, 2021 at 10:41 am #5129Jennifer TaylorParticipant
Update – I got it to open. Just took a long time to download.September 16, 2021 at 10:30 am #5126Jennifer TaylorParticipant
I’m trying to download the new documents onto my Apple desktop computer. Its taking a loooong time. Could be my computer but I don’t think its supposed to take this long (going on 10 minutes) – so far it won’t open .September 16, 2021 at 10:10 am #5125Daphne TangParticipant
I am using an iPad. The video links do not work for me as well
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