Bread making advice please

This was the article that convinced me to use vitamin C in breadmaking.

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I must admit I read the original post wrong and though that OP wanted to sub Vit C for White Flour as opposed to just adding half a teaspoon!

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Thanks everyone. I didn’t use the Rye flour after all, as I thought it too much of a gamble given I need a quicker loaf today and have such a small amount of strong white flour to mix with it that I didn’t want to take the risk of wasting it. So I’ve just gone for a basic small 100% wholemeal and added a rather nervous quarter of a teaspoon of Doves Vit C powder. It’s sitting with its plastic bag on and rising well!

First time I’ve ever used Vit C!

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Sorry Nick. My original post was badly written.

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So I did it Andy! My first tryout I just did a really plain wholemeal with about a quarter of a teaspoon of Doves Vit C powder. I can’t say I noticed much difference in the rise and as I usually chuck in all other sorts of bits and bobs to my bread it seemed a bit boring really. No bitterness though and not unpleasant. Just a bit bland.

Then yesterday I did a 50/50 mix of rye and strong Canadian white flour. I used half a teaspoon of Vit C. My usual amount of yeast and sugar in warm water. But with much more warm water on the mix up as it was really thirsty. I added a generous amount of black treacle, a dollop of olive oil and a generous handful each of raisins and sultanas. As a last minute spur of the moment impulse I added a good helping of mincemeat (the Christmas sort!) I let it prove overnight and baked it this morning.

I know it sounds a mess, but it was delish. There’s not a huge amount left.

I think the Vit C did give it a bit of help with lift while still leaving it nice and chewy.

That’s sounds delicious! Anyone for a bakers corner photo thread?

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Sadly my bread is never a thing of beauty.

Out of interest, where are you able to buy yeast. Our stock is slowly running out so interested to see if we can get some more elsewhere. Not to worry if not we can seem to buy bread again. However, would rather bake.

I had some frozen fresh yeast so what I have done is to thaw it and then feed it up with some flour. Once it got going I split it into about 4 portions. I made bread from one and froze the other three with the intention of keeping that process going. So if you have a packet of yeast I don’t see why you couldn’t do the same. If you don’t have any then you are welcome to get one of my frozen bits - it is a bit of an experiment but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just keep feeding to liven it up and freezing or even just putting in the fridge - like what we would do with sourdough but with modern yeast!

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Interesting- will give it a go. Thank you :pray:

You could also try making soda bread, which doesn’t require yeast, just bicarbonate of soda. I’ve only ever made it when I’ve got buttermilk but I’ve read that you can make up an alternative using milk, a little lemon juice and (I think maybe) cream of tartar. There will be lots of recipes online. It’s really quick to make too.

Ah thank you that’s so helpful. :slightly_smiling_face:

Here’s my go to recipe for soda bread. As mentioned above if there’s no buttermilk in the shop you’ll have to find a workaround.

Can’t get any sort of flours baking soda stuff it’s been a month already. But loving the info given cheers!!

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https://www.bakerybits.co.uk
Appears to have bread flour but the site keeps crashing for me - it must be under massive load.
Delivery is current 8 days but they do appear to have some stock.

Thanks for this Nick. I’m getting “we’re upgrading our site” type messages. A lot of that going on lately as we’re all foraging online!

To my great surprise, I did manage to get an Iceland delivery this morning :grinning:
They had bread. But they had no flour, eggs, yeast, honey or loo rolls. Oh and no white wine. The horror! :cry: (I’m on to the posh vintage now)
But we did get chocolate and jelly babies and the biggest bottle of Vimto squash in the world, so the weekend is saved.:laughing:

The Forest Hill Co-op on Stanstead Road still had eggs (medium and large) just before 4 o’clock.They also had a few loo rolls but not many. And I’m sure I saw honey and there was certainly white wine. Only issue was I had to queue for 25 minutes to get in today! - I came across the eggs by chance in a display at the furthest end of the the main central aisles. Can’t remember if it was the first one near the milk or the next one.

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I have managed to get an order in!
To be honest I don’t need it really so if anyone here needs bread flour when it arrives then you are welcome to some. I got a 16 kg sack of canadian bread flour so we can split it up if needs be…

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Thanks Chris. Good to know. I’m actually trying not to go out at all, due to the dreaded “underlying health condition” thing. I did quite well really on my Iceland delivery and had been due to go to Venice for a week in March and, expecting to be told to self-isolate on our return, we had bought enough long-life type supplies to keep us going for a couple of weeks. As it happens, the Venice lockdown came into force just before we were due to travel, so we didn’t need our supplies and they have kept us going.

Stupidly, I didn’t think to stock up on baking ingredients. I usually have lots in and didn’t realize how much it had been depleted lately.

Is everyone OK for yeast?
My wife ordered loads online and we now have enough for a lifetime so if want\need any just holler…

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