Retarded Bread

Chris’ recent experiments with overnight retarding of dough inspired me to try it for myself.  Dough was made yesterday, and bulk fermented for about 6 hours.  Shaped and laid into baskets, then each loaf was placed into a large freezer bag, sealed up, and put into the fridge overnight.  There was very little rise at all overnight, which worried me somewhat. I baked them straight out of the fridge (no warming up) in a hot oven.  Results were pretty good – loaf doesn’t look all that different on the outside to my usual loaves, but there are some nice holes inside, and a lovely complex flavour to the bread.  Will definitely do this again!

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