Friday, July 10, 2009

Over-rising may cause Shrinkage

So, I've been trying really hard to be good at making bread. Today I learned an interesting lesson, maybe.
I'm not quite sure of the actual reason behind my discovery, but I've been speculating.
I made some bread today, and as usual, I prepared enough dough to make two loaves. I separated the dough into two equal pieces and shaped them into to similar looking loaves.
Then, as usual, I got distracted and lost track of what I was doing. I just happened to walk by my rising loaves in time to notice they were way too big. One wasn't quite as big as the other, so I decided to just bake it anyway.
The bigger loaf, I decided to re-knead and reshape it. Then, I had to run an errand so I put it in the fridge to rise slower.
When I got back it had risen to just the perfect height, so I set it on the counter to warm up a little while the oven preheated. Then, I baked it like normal.

Here are the results:

What do you think?
The one on the left (the pretty one) is the one I reshaped and allowed to rise to the proper height. The one on the right is the one that rose too high.

So, my theory: Over-rising may cause Shrinkage...good to know!


Jessica said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS BREAD TIP--I shall pass it onto my husband (he's the bread maker in the family.) And he keeps trying to perfect the bread, but yes, it always shrinks, and it's really doughy sometimes.

That is so awesome that Malachi is WANTING to walk! Every kid is different, but Jessa is trying to take steps too now! I think I'll show her this Blog, and some old Video's of Nathan Jr. learning to walk.--Put the idea in their head, ya know? :)

That's so scary about the Flooding.--I actually had a horrible nightmare about flash flooding from the mountain, about a year ago when we moved down south here.--Worrisome.

Well anyhoot, that's great that you could get out for the Fourth. I "only" have Two kids to take, but I'm such a Holiday BUM sometimes. I wanna go to the Parade next year. I hope it pooped them out. Well, hope all continues to go well for y'all--minus the horrible flooding. And of course it had to happen when you've worked so hard with new projects. -Sigh- such is life!

hoschouerhousekeeper said...

It true! It's cuz over risen break has bigger bubbles in it and they try harder to find their way out. (shrinkage) I'd really like to figure out a way to make my wheat bread rise better. I know it won't ever rise as well as white but it always seems so heavy!