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Friday, August 01, 2014

Hand-Made Bread - Using the Ken Forkish Method

I've been making all my bread recently by hand, using the Forkish method of pinch and fold. 
For  regular and sourdough breads. 
This method also uses the autolyse technique, which isn't new to me.
 I've been using this method for years.

 I fed both of my starters on Thursday, July 24th, and at the same time made this
 Levain using some of the excess. 

Once it had doubled it went into the fridge.
Saturday evening , I mixed up a batch of sourdough bread.

I added 100 g of Organic stone ground Red Fife Flour to 900 g of white high protein flour.
The Red Fife Flour was locally milled by True Grain.

I bought three of True Grain's flours to experiment with.
It is my intention to try all of their flours over the next year.

Canadian flour is considered the best in the world.

After the first rise, the dough was folded and stretched and then placed in the fridge. 
 This is what it looked like after 24 hours in the fridge.

It continued to rise in the fridge and this is what it looked like 
Monday morning.
Threatening to blow the lid off the container

Left on the counter to come to room temperature 
before shaping.

Sourdough Boules
baked in cast iron Dutch Ovens.

Rather than slash, I let the loaf split naturally.


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I was running out of bread in the freezer so Wednesday
I mixed, again by hand, another batch of baguette dough.
Not sourdough.

This time I added 100g of the organic sifted Red Fife.

Baked the same day.

Crumb Shot.
This bread "sang " for 10 minutes  as it cooled.

And on Thursday, I made another batch,
adding 100 g of the organic stone ground Spelt to the mix.

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I'm really enjoying the hands on approach to bread making.

So for the time being I have retired my Magic Mill.

The basic formula I've been using is:

900 g white flour (high protein)
100 g Organic (Stone ground, Spelt or Red Fife)
780 g water
5 g yeast
26 salt


  1. You really need to write a book.

  2. I tried the Ken Forkish pizza dough this week after reading your post. Wow! It was awesome. I must try this for bread. I'm glad to see the whole grains as I'm trying to incorporate them into my baking.

  3. I so admire your baking skills. I love how you give details. It is the little things that help me improve.


  4. May I ask a couple of clarifying questions please?
    1) Is your starter 100% please (equal portions starter-flour-water)? If not, how much of each please?
    2) What are the ingredients of your "Levain" please? (starter-flour-water, also type of flour)
    3) You say you mix the ingredients together, are you just mixing to form a shaggy mass is there more kneading, autolysing or both going on?
    4) At what point are you allowing it to go to first rise?
    5) On Monday, how long did you leave on your counter to come to room temp please (southwest US is warmer)?
    6) what oven temp please?
    7) lid stay on the whole time or did you remove the lid after a time?


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