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Old 05-27-2005, 11:08 PM   #1
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What's the Problem?

I was reading Shirley Corriher's Cookwise last night and ran across these examples in the section on "how to spot a bad bread recipe". I actually knew the answers before I read them! No, not from reading Shriley, or Harold McGee - but from reading the sections other than just the recipes in Joy of Cooking! Can you spot the problems?

1. Rye Bread:
The recipe calls for 2-packages of yeast and 3 cups of rye flour. The bread comes out dense like a doorstop.

2. King's Cake:
This is a New Orleans Mardi Gras sweet bread and the recipe was published in the newspaper. The recipe calls for 2 packages of yeast, 3 cups flour, and 1 cup of sugar. Turned out flat and dense.

HINT: I have given you the part of the recipe that causes the problem in both cases. The rest of the recipes is insignificant and has nothing to do with the problem.

I'll post the answer in about 48-hours ... need to give you time to make your guesses.

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Old 05-27-2005, 11:10 PM   #2
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the yeast was dead. inactive.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:39 PM   #3
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the yeast was dead. inactive.
Nope ... but the most obvious answer. In both cases - the yeast is alive and well, and both breads were proofed at the proper temperatures.

That's my fault luvs - I should have said the yeast was alive and kicking.

All indregients are in 100% working order ....
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:45 AM   #4
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Too much yeast to flour ratio?
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Old 05-28-2005, 07:09 AM   #5
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I agree with Lyndalou
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:38 AM   #6
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that's the only thing I could come up with as well.
(I feel like I'm watching Alton Brown firsthand)
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:55 AM   #7
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I agree too. Tell us if we are right Michael.
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Old 05-28-2005, 12:46 PM   #8
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You can't use all rye flour, you have to mix it with some wheat flour - preferably bread flour. 1/3 rye and 2/3 bread flour would work.

For the King Cake, I'd guess there's too much sugar.
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Old 05-28-2005, 04:49 PM   #9
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doh!

(which is why I don't bake bread too much, except for one recipe!)
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Old 05-28-2005, 04:54 PM   #10
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You notice I didn't pop up with an answer? Anybody need some brown hocky pucks? Or how about a loaf shaped pop art piece? Could probably be drilled and a light socket put in it.
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