RICOTTA LOAF

 

January 1, 2015

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"This bread is incredibly quick and easy to mix..." This is the opening line in Rose's intro to the recipe, and this would be true if I had done it right the first time. Everything seemed correct at first blush, but I didn't pick up on my error until I went into my baking pantry to find the King Arthur Unbleached Flour still on the shelf. Hold on? Shouldn't the Unbleached flour be in my kitchen? That's when I realized I used Unbleached Bread Flour instead of the Unbleached AP. Oh no, I thought. It'll be all wrong. I had enough ricotta left to make a second loaf, so I flipped this seemingly straight forward post this into an opportunity to experiment. The question now was: would there be a significant difference between the loaf made with the Unbleached Bread Flour and the Unbleached AP flour. Let's see how it turned out.

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Instructions

  • (1) 9" x 5" loaf pan, a baking stone or steel

The flour, ricotta and soft, soft butter.
The flour, ricotta and soft, soft butter.The flour just when combined, before it was kneaded for 10 minutes
The flour just when combined, before it was kneaded for 10 minutesThe dough after it was kneaded for 10 minutes. The texture has changed enormously
The dough after it was kneaded for 10 minutes. The texture has changed enormouslyLook how gorgeously soft the dough is. It felt so beautiful.
Look how gorgeously soft the dough is. It felt so beautiful.

  • Let me just say, at this point the dough made with AP flour was much softer and more tender. It felt silkier to the touch.

In the container and ready to rise
In the container and ready to riseThis is where the recipe takes a left turn. It took me about 30 minutes to realize my error, so the bread flour had a little more time to rise than the AP
This is where the recipe takes a left turn. It took me about 30 minutes to realize my error, so the bread flour had a little more time to rise than the AP

Starting to fold the dough into a loaf. Notice the bread flour dough on the left has slightly more volume. This could be because it had more time to rise, but it was also heavier and firmer to the touch.
Starting to fold the dough into a loaf. Notice the bread flour dough on the left has slightly more volume. This could be because it had more time to rise, but it was also heavier and firmer to the touch.Still there is more volume and weight with the dough made with bread flour.
Still there is more volume and weight with the dough made with bread flour.They are both ready for their second rise. They look relatively the same size at this point.
They are both ready for their second rise. They look relatively the same size at this point.After the second rise, the dough made with bread flour clearly has more volume
After the second rise, the dough made with bread flour clearly has more volumeAnd you’ll notice the loaf on the left (made with bread flour) has a different surface texture, and larger air bubbles. My guess is it will result in a larger crumb after it’s baked
And you’ll notice the loaf on the left (made with bread flour) has a different surface texture, and larger air bubbles. My guess is it will result in a larger crumb after it’s bakedAfter baking the loaf made with bread flour is larger and heavier.
After baking the loaf made with bread flour is larger and heavier.At this point, it’s easy to see which loaf is made with AP flour and which is made with bread flour.
At this point, it’s easy to see which loaf is made with AP flour and which is made with bread flour.At this point, it’s easy to see which loaf is made with AP flour and which is made with bread flour
At this point, it’s easy to see which loaf is made with AP flour and which is made with bread flourThis is the AP loaf cut in slices. Ricotta Loaf, The Finer Cookie.
This is the AP loaf cut in slices. Ricotta Loaf, The Finer Cookie.Ricotta Loaf, The Finer Cookie.
Ricotta Loaf, The Finer Cookie.

  • Conclusion: This bread was very chewy and rich. Did I love it? Not enough to make again. The ricotta and butter seemed to add richness, and maybe some texture, but I didn't feel over-the-moon about it. I'm happy to have tried it though.
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TAGS:  RICOTTA   BREAD BIBLE       LABELS: Alpha Bakers 

Comments

5 Comments

Ellia Marshall   2017-01-08

When life gives you lemons.. Or in this case, bread flour :) Thank you for turning this into a wonderful learning opportunity for all of us! So intriguing to see them side by side, and both looking great!

Kristina   2017-01-08

The mixup led to a great comparison! I love the way you stage your pictures, too. :)

Rose Levy Beranbaum   2017-01-08

i love seeing comparisons like this. they both look terrific!

faithy   2017-01-08

And I also like how you compared bread flour vs AP flour side by side! :D I was wondering how it would have been with Bread flour.. and now I know. Thanks!

faithy   2017-01-08

Your bread looks perfect!! It looks like bread. Unlike mine..I dunno..looks strange to me. My bread wasn't chewy..only dense and heavy.

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