Hearth Bread Failure
Posted: 04 November 2010 10:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have been baking bread for a few years and using the Bread Bible the past 3 years. My best is the Jewish Rye, Raisin, and Ciabatta. I used to be able to turn out a really good Hearth Bread too, but recently (the last 6 months) I just can’t seem to succeed in baking a decent loaf of hearth bread. I always double the book’s recipes (except for raisin bread). My hearth bread develops huge bubbles on the top. If I slash the bread before baking it collapses. I use King Arthur Bread and whole wheat Flour according to the recipe. I mix it in a Kitchen Aide using a dough hook. I use the amount of water called for in the recipe (doubled) although I notice that at the end of the recipe it references 1.5 cups, not 1 1/3 cups. What could I be doing wrong now that I didn’t used to do wrong?

Thanks for any tips.

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Posted: 05 November 2010 11:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks… I cut back the time on the last batch… will cut back even more.

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