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Bread and original yeast. Demo: Proving Bread. Part 1: The words(pictures in the next post) Following Wendy’s request I will try and elucidate some of the mysteries of proofing.Bread dough is a complex, and not entirely understood system.

Demo: Proving Bread

My knowledge is also limited and I hope the greater experts on this list will correct my more glaring errors. This is inevitably something of a simplification of the complicated things that are going on as the dough matures. For a fuller explanation refer to a science based baking textbook such “Principles of Breadmaking: Functionality of Raw Materials and Process Steps” by Piet Sluimer, published by the American Association of Cereal Chemists 2005 ISBN 1-891127-45-4 Proofing is the last stage before baking, when the formed and shaped dough is left to rise before being baked. Softer doughs need support during proof.

To understand what is happening we need to go back right to when the dough was mixed. When the dough is mixed air is mixed into the dough to form micro-bubbles. Quote. Beginners' blog - a starter, from scratch. Contents: What you will need Background Recipe Troubleshooting Looking after your starter Glossary References What you will need: White flour (preferably organic) Rye flour (preferably organic) Water (preferably filtered) A large clean jar or container (ideally transparent so that you can see what is happening) A spoon (to stir with) a little patience… Background Sourdough is the oldest form of leavened (or ‘risen’) bread.

Beginners' blog - a starter, from scratch

Sourdough baking uses a technique akin to that earliest form of baking leavened bread. Established starters contain a mixture of yeast and bacteria. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The technique that I am going to use in this blog is one of the simplest of all. Starter Recipe The flour that I have used here is a combination of Kialla white unbleached organic flour and Wholegrain Milling organic rye I made this starter in the middle of a Melbourne winter, so it was reasonably slow to get going.

Day 1: Foraging for Wild Yeast. Related Content Sourdough Spelt Bread Try spelt, an ancient grain more easily digested than wheat, in your next loaf of sourdough bread.

Foraging for Wild Yeast

Y... Sourdough, Part 2 This is the second part of our foray into sourdough baking. My first experience with wild yeast took place a few years back, while I was conducting a primitive living expedition in the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest. The resulting "ash cakes" actually tasted good on the first day, and were even edible when the third evening came around. Little did we guess that the means of satisfying our craving was growing all around us!

Wild yeast spores are, he went on to tell us, practically everywhere, and—if they happen to land where there's moisture, sugar, and warm temperatures—the delicate plants will begin to grow and multiply. The airborne microflora are especially attracted to the sweet skin of berries and grapes. Legends about the origin of sourdough bread have, it seems, been almost forgotten. A Backwoods Bakery. Reducing Phytic Acid in Grains and Legumes. In my post, Phytic Acid in Grains and Legumes, I shared some of my research which led me to conclude that phytic acid does indeed bind with minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.

Reducing Phytic Acid in Grains and Legumes

If you depend on grains and legumes for a high portion of your diet, then those phytates (phytic acid) could lead to mineral deficiences. This may be one of the biggest reasons that traditional societies fermented their grains. Now the question is, how do we effectively reduce phytic acid? But remember, I am sharing nitty-gritty details. If you find this overwhelming, remember you can simply bypass all of this, know that using traditional methods are beneficial and be happy. Once again, I feel that I still have many (many!) As you will remember, phytase is the enzyme that neutralizes phytic acid (also called phytates). Some grains contain high amounts of phytase making it much easier to neutralize the phytic acid in them, while others are a lot lower. Historical Methods Scientific Research.