I have always known that baking requires precision, especially bread baking. So, in pursuit of consistency in my sourdough journey, I pulled out the scale last night. We'll see how that changes the loaf tonight.
I have been trying to change only one variable at a time to isolate what elements of a recipe I want to keep. But as only one out of six loaves I've baked was even leaning toward the quality of bread I want to be baking, I also changed recipes to use the Tartine Bakery cookbook and fully embraced the turning vs. kneading. Stay tuned.
If you're on the quest for the perfect loaves, I highly encourage you to get out your kitchen scale.
Just for kicks, I tested the varying amounts I get from eyeballing my measurement in a volume cup. I needed 450 g of all-purpose flour and I had read that 1 C is usually about 150 g. So, I tried to scoop 3 C and see what it weighed.
The first time, I tipped the scale at just over 505 g; then I tried to readjust and was too light at 425 g in my 3 cups' worth.
In a recipe that asks for 450 g, those variances make a difference!
This is my partially risen loaf with ingredients weighed and the Tartine Bakery process of turning not kneading. I'll report back on this loaf later. Happy baking, all!
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