Bread Hoarders Anonymous

The Multi ~ Multi ~ Multi Bread

So, over the past three weeks I got a bit obsessive watching the past seasons of The Great British Bake Off.   After the current season ended on PBS, I picked up all the rest on YouTube… plus the snippets…and the irritating Comic Relief ones… and the Master Classes… and pinned and saved a whole heap of Mary & Paul’s recipes… (I’ll get around to making them …eventually.)

I’d like to think I learned a thing or two… actually, I’d like to think I’ve become a master baker just by watching TV, but that’ll happen when I can get ripped abs just by polishing the Bowflex in the basement. But, all this bake viewing has done some very good things – it’s removed a lot of the mysticism, fear and stigma I’ve had about making bread – it’s taught me not to be so anal about the processes –  and most importantly, to relax… even good bakers make crappy bread from time to time.


 

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The Multi Multi Multi

I decided to play it kind of safe for my first uncharted bread. It’s based loosely on the milk bread recipe in the sense there’s a cooked roux.  I’ve also added 5 different grains to the recipe (the 1st Multi) – Whole Grain Whole Wheat, Rye, Rolled Oats, Corn Flour (the fine-milled meal, not corn starch), and Standard Bread Flour. I’ve used a minimal amount of active dry yeast plus 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter (Multi #2), and finally, I’ve used 3 different techniques (Multi numero tres) to create the loaves.

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Overkill? Yeah, a bit. But I’m the sort that brings a gun to a knife fight.

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2 Comments

  1. “Even good bakers make crappy bread from time to time” … and of course the converse is also true (even crappy bakers make good bread from time to time. I submit my mom as evidence.)

    I watched the Baking Show too – I blame you – and I had the same reaction: Maybe it’s time to let my OCD go and, you know, wing it a little more. I’m just not there skill-wise – at least not with baking. Kudos to you. It’s a nice-looking loaf.

    • platefodder says

      so true.. I fall into the latter category – I’ve just been occasionally lucky. But watching them bake has shown me a great deal of what to look for in bread, that you just can’t get from reading instructions.
      Did you troll youtube as well for the past seasons?

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