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A Tale of Two Loaves

Large MargeLarge Marge Posts: 404
edited 10:33PM in EggHead Forum
These were two monstrous bread loaves stuffed with asiago cheese...so big that I either needed to bake separately-- so I decided to fire up the kitchen oven and compare the two. BGE vs. a brand new Jenn-Air with convection, the results:

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Doughball done fermenting in the fridge 2 days, cut in half, shaped and stuffed with asiago cheese, after 2hrs of proofing and ready to bake. Everything is identical up to here.

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After 15min in the oven at 400 convecting (like 425), rotated and baked another 12min

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After 15min on the BGE at 425-450 dome...note slightly better oven spring...used 1cup of hot water for steam underneath the loaves in both

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After 12 more min on the BGE ready to go. "Gee Doctor, I dunno how I burned my tongue. It's a complete mystery" :P

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side by side, BGE bread on the left

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BGE on the left again, says it all don't it? Interestingly the oven got a longer pre-heat and the stone was even a bit hotter (used IR therm to test)

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the oven bread

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the BGE bread. Confirms the better spring with the larger air pocket created by the cheese, also slightly better crumb structure.

And most important...the blind taste test. Let the Missus sample from each and the BGE bread was the clear favorite. She's an asiago cheese nut, and for her the added smokiness of the finished cheese tasted better. Gotta try bagels next :woohoo:

Comments

  • Great post. We have been really happy with the bread we have been getting off the Egg :)
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,954
    Nice, I haven't done any serious baking in the egg yet :blush: . Go return the Jenn-Air :P

    Gary
    canuckland
  • KMO_QKMO_Q Posts: 150
    I've just recently tried bread and it did not look as great as yours, thanks for the post. I'll keep at it until mine look like yours... ;)
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Nice Joe,thanks for sharing ;)
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Very nice comparison!
    Molly
    Colorado Springs
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  • Nice! thanks for the pics. Makes me want to bake!
  • Thanks for the comparison! The more I see, the more I no longer crave build an outdoor pizza oven. BGE does as good a job and is SO much more versatile. Great post!
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