Brand new to baking breads so I thought I'd ease into it. Found Galley Wench's no-knead yes-beer recipe #309834 @ food.com for starters and the dough behaved as described.
Recipe [Exact ingredients, paraphrased instructions]: 1.5c lager, 1.5c water, 1TBS white vinegar, 1.5TBS instant yeast (I sub active dry and bloomed it in 1/2c of the original 1.5c water), 1TBS Salt, 29.25oz (1# 13.25' ) unbleached AP. Mix dry first then add all wet all at once to incorporate. Cover loosely rest 2-5 hrs room temp. If not baking now, refrigerate overnite up to 10 days. Baking stone on bottom rack (I sub quarry tiles), steam gizmo (a pan holding water) above the bread.
Brought the dough out this morning, cut & shaped it, and let it rest 1h15m per further instructions.
Meanwhile I preheated oven to 450 for 20 min AFTER reaching temp, with clean dry quarry tile lining the rack at bottom position.
Transferred shaped/rested dough to a pizza peel dusted with pulverized pasta, then slid 'em into the "at home brick oven" so to speak. Positioned loaves [2 (1#) boules in the rear, 2 (1/2#) long rolls middle, and 1 (1/4#) bun roll at front] thinking I'd have to take out the smaller ones first. Sprayed, steamed & let them bake at the same 450 per instructions.
After 10-15 I smell an acrid burning that appears to be the dusting/pasta powder. Careful not to disturb the bread, I brush some away & out of oven.
Another 5 or so, more of the same smell. more intense this time. I knew what was up. Just not sure why. Sure enough the bottoms are already scorched. Recipe said to bake at 450 for 30-35. :(
- Might the result have changed with Corn Meal on the peel rather than pasta powder?
- Should the rack seriously be on the bottom position?
- Should I be turning the heat down after the crust is solid?
- How to judge differing baking times for the different sizes?
- "Should sound hollow when tapped; crackle & sing @ room temp air": They all give a dull thud (not sure I'd call it "hollow") but the bun was perfect texture inside. Haven't cracked into the others yet. Didn't hear any crackling :(
Any insight will be greatly appreciated! This dad needs to redeem himself in his bread-addicted son's eyes.