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Help with bread!

cactusette | Oct 19, 2011 08:23 PM

I have just recently started trying to learn bread making. I have tried many recipes and fiddled around, and now I am looking to get a specific result. With no knowledge I have to resort to doing a bit of research, but I feel clueless.

The bread I am trying to make has a very strong yeasty flavour. The crumb is kind of tough and the holes are big. I have had this bread before in Montreal, but at the time I wasn't really cooking so I never bothered to "remember" what it was. Some kind of hardish wide baguette? Sourdough-y? I don't even know what I'm looking for.

So far I have tried using a sourdough starter and something called a "poolish", but the taste is still not strong enough. My bread crumbs are really small and fluffy, and I have read that if I make my dough much wetter the crumbs will be larger. As for less fluffy more chewy, I have no idea yet how that works.

I was wondering if someone who knew a bit about bread making could point me towards a strong flavoured, hardish bread recipe, or give me some pointers and explanations on how to get closer to such a result.

Thank you in advance:)

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