Now that I have the attention of everyone, I will share my challenge with you.
A friend on the West coast of Washington State made their first loaf of NYT bread (at my insistence). When they cut into it, they noticed that the crumb had a gray color to it, and they were somewhat put off by this. Here's the picture he sent of the loaf:
It's a bit hard to pick out the color, but it is noticable. Also noteworthy is the shape of the loaf, which should be higher than the picture shows. This might be from cutting into too soon before it has a chance to cool (something I would NEVER do), or it could be strong handling of the dough when getting it in the pan.
I did some research about the coloration, and found a couple of wbsites that alluded to the following possible causes:
- too much malt
- too much fermentation
- high dough temperature
- low oven temperature
This was a common thread on several websites, but I wanted to get some feedback from the rank-and-file if you have had this happen to your NYT bread. Anyone have this problem? Should the bread be eaten or shipped by overnight to pacanis' dogs for proper disposal?