I have to admit I may have a problem when it comes to baking challenges, I just can't seem to say no!
You may remember the several weeks of Great British Bake Off challenges, Let's Get Technical which took us close to the brink of baking reality and my sanity!
So when Head of the "Priscilla Bakers*" Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial was making a 2kg sourdough loaf "Breadapalooza" the challenge of a 3kg loaf was just ripe for the picking.
*our starters all came from the Celia's starter Priscilla
Where do you start with a 3kg loaf?
The recipe I used was based on the theory of James Morton in Brilliant Bread which is 2 parts flour, 1 part starter, and amount of water equalling 3/4 the total weight of flour. (minus water in starter)
This probably would have worked a treat if I had not remember it incorrectly and used water 75% of total weight (flour + starter) minus the amount of water already in the starter......confused? I sure am!
My calculations and imagining of the ratios had a recipe as follows:
- 2kg strong flour
- 1kg starter (100% hydration)
- 1.75kg water
- 40g salt
Given the starter was almost too big for the bowl I normally use, I improvised with the huge boiler that's only job is passata come tomato day.
What is the OHS on a loaf this size??
The roasting vessel, I had only thought it was cast iron pots that could be used to bake bread but the enamel have come up with great results.
The loaf was baked at 220°C for 65 minutes lid on, then reduced to 180°C and lid off for a further 20 minutes.
Amazingly Conciabattzilla was baked through!
A beautifully shaped loaf....the shape of the roaster as it had know where else to go!
If the producers on the next Alien movie need props they can give me a call!!!
The Motherloaf has landed
Yes those unlike me who can add up, given some evaporation, the 3kg loaf was 4.305kg!!
Making 5kg the next challenge for someone......not me!
#Slicie the new shelfie
and as they say it's not about the size its what you can do with it!
I have breakfast toast for the next month....
What is the craziest food challenge you'd undertaken?
Will you be the one with the 5kg loaf?
Would I do it again?.....not on your Nelly!