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  1. June Haygood says:

    Anxious to try your receipe for Volkornbrot bread but do not understand your list of ingredients: Example: how can 8 0z. be equal to 1 1/2 cups flour: how can 7 oz equal 1- 3/4 cup; how can 3 oz bular wheat equal 1/2 cup.????????????????????? In my lifetime 1 cup equals 8 oz., 1/2 cup eauals 4 oz, not 3 oz., etc.
    Please explain. thanks you.


  2. Beth says:

    June: 8 ounces = 1 cup of water, or something with similar density (such as milk). Flour (and most other ingredients) have a different mass:volume ratio. You can find a pretty comprehensive conversion chart at King Arthur Flour’s website. Generally speaking, the recipes on this site assume that 1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4.5 ounces. Hope that helps!

  3. June Haygood says:

    Thanks for the info Beth. What a surprise to learn this after many, many years of cooking and baking!

  4. Helen says:

    Good morning, Beth! A couple of questions re: The Autolyse Method, if I may. I noted that you are using the double rise method even though you use instant yeast. I was given to understand that one should omit the first rise with instant yeast. While I will certainly follow the recipe exactly as you wrote it, I wonder what your feelings/experiences are in this regard?

    Also, when using a spritzer bottle in lieu of ice cubes for the steam, do I mist the dough itself or just kind of spritz the interior of my oven?

    I’m having a ball reading through your site and I thank you for your time and expertise in getting us newbies up and baking!

  5. darren says:

    Hi Beth

    seems like you are running a great blog here. your journey is reminding me of mine as I start off trying to make the perfect choc brownie

    I am emailing you about this due to comment I saw you make on another food website forum

    My aim to produce the finest brownies ever but this of course as with all food is subject to ones personal taste

    For me it is a brownie with a lovely thick crunchy crust with a dense fudge like underneath…pretty much like the brownies you described making at culinary school

    I am getting there with the denseness by not mixing the ingredients to much but I am getting a thin flaky crust which i am not happy with

    Can you remember exactly what ingredients you used at culinary school and how you mixed them altogether?

    You could save me weeks of trial and error…….hopefully!

    I really appreciate any help you may be able to provide

    My Best Darren

  6. Beth says:

    Helen: So glad you’re enjoying the site! And yes, I definitely use a double rise with an autolyse. Generally, the longer a bread takes to rise, the better the flavor, texture, and keeping ability. So, as long as the dough doesn’t overproof, rise away!

    As for the oven-spritzing, I just open the door a little, spray the heck out of whatever’s in the way (walls, floor, dough, etc.), and shut the door again as quickly as possible to prevent too much heat loss. I’m sure one can make a study over whether the spraying just the dough or just the walls would result in a preferable loaf, but I’ve never really bothered. The blitzkrieg method seems to work well for me, and I feel it’s more important to keep the heat in.

    Happy baking!

  7. Beth says:

    Darren: Thanks so much for reading, and for the comment! My suggestion is to seek out a brownie recipe with an absolutely senseless amount of sugar and butter. The sugar will make the thick, crunchy top, and the butter will give that fudgy, dense base you’re looking for. I believe the proportions were approximately 1 part chocolate, 2 parts butter, and 4 parts sugar. I do remember spreading a dark ganache on top, which does boost the chocolate flavor if you think you’d like that. Best of luck, and I hope that helps!

  8. Leslie says:

    Hi Beth,
    I just found your website/blog and am thoroughly enjoying the info you provide. I have been trying to make a good loaf of bread for some time and while the attempts have been getting better with the last one being acceptable I am still pursuing a bread with more depth of flavour and a bit lighter in its texture. I use a kitchenaid for mixing and am now about to try the Autolyse method to see if that will help. I also found to my dismay that 20minutes of kneading in a KA is way too much. Now I know about 8 minutes and the window pane method gives the best result. Because I am in Australia and we are metric in measurements and because I weigh all ingredients including liquids I have to convert all your measurements to grams. This slows my processing a bit but at least once it is done I have the converted recipe. Thank you for a great site I am hoping to get a better loaf with the autolyse and then for the Biga loaf.
    Regards Leslie

  9. Christiane Gelormino says:

    I can tell you what happens when you can’t wait to slice a freshly baked vollkornbrot – it is very moist or mushy inside,almost like it wasn’t baked long enough! So please, be patient, let it rest, but not in a plastic bag!!! And when you finally slice it, slice it thin, very thin, less than 1/4 inch!!!

  10. Bendik says:


    My name is Bendik, from Norway. I was just wondering if it is okay with you that I use one of your photos in a facebook-event? The photo I’m referring to is the one of the pumpernickel bread on this page: The bread looks delicious! 🙂 Is it okay with you if I choose to use this photo?

    Thank you very much.

    Best regards,

  11. Heather says:

    I’m so excited to find your blog. I’m not able to bake everyday because of other responsibilities, but I’m sure going to try to use a couple if your recipes each week. Thanks for all the info and time you’ve put into this. I can’t wait to dig in.

  12. Wallace Nicoll says:

    Am reading through your blog as if it were a book, and throughly enjoying the read. Have only recently started out on making my own bread (with surprisingly good results). Just reached your “beer bread” week. Wondered if you’d tried using a good quality dark beer instead of water in a standard or wholemeal loaf?

  13. Beth says:

    Wallace: So glad you’re enjoying the site! I haven’t tried using beer instead of water in any other bread recipe, but that sounds like a fun experiment to try. Give a shot, and let us know how it works out!

  14. diana gonzalez says:

    Loved you history on the flour tortilla. Of all the histories I read your makes the best sence. I live in a border town. Flour tortillas long with their conutor parts corn tortillas are a staple. Just a note, many persons around this area voice that flour tortillas have there orgin in the Jewish people that settled this area. I have my doughts about this. There are few if any persons of Jewish desent in this area’s
    documented history. Great recipe, my family use a bit more shortening, about 1/3c. We also use vegetable shortening. We cook them on a non-stick grill on the stove top at a low temperture.

  15. Stephen ROBERTS says:

    trying to make matzo bread to celebrate Passover/Easter with our local church; as we are endeavoring to celebrate communing with more understanding of the history and connection with the Passover meal, but how do I get the brown/burnt stripes that the professionally made bread has?

  16. Beth says:

    Stephen: Those brown marks are a result of the industrial baking process. Considering yours is homemade, I think it’s better if it doesn’t look just like the professional version. But if you really insist on having those marks, you can either grill the bread, or cook it on an extremely hot griddle. Use the hottest heat you can, and your bread will char in spots just like the stuff in the box. Happy Baking!

  17. Anita says:

    Just found your site on the weekend. I’d stopped making bread after several not so great results. Decided to take another look for recipes and techniques and landed here. Your site is the best I’ve come across. I’ve so enjoyed reading through your blog and have so many recipes I now want to try. So far I’ve made the Prosciutto Bread, G’Bread and I now have Plain Ol’ Bread in the oven. The first two turned out amazing and the house smells pretty good right now.
    Thank you, I’ve learned so much about techniques, methods, per-ferment and baking in general. It’s very different to what I’ve done in the past but I’m getting way better results. Even bought a baking stone today! I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks reading through the blog and recipes and trying the recipes far beyond that.

  18. Girlie says:

    Hi Beth,

    Just want to let you know that I tried your pan de sal recipe, (I am filipino) and it was gorgeous! It brought me back to my home country 🙂 , my husband (dutch) loved it! I cut it into thirds and made the first batch yesterday, i am baking two batches today :). Thank you for the recipe!


  20. Francine Rose says:

    LOVE the website. Came across it by accident a few days ago looking for a marble rye recipe. Made it today and it was fabulous. I’m sending a copy of it to a dear friend as we speak. One of the things that drew me to your recipe was your mention of The Breadbaker’s Apprentice – one of the best bread books ever. I will be checking the entire site over time and hope you continue to enspire the baker in all of us with your passion. Thank you!

  21. Dixie says:

    I have gone to Greenfield when I was younger, now taken my children and granddaughter when visiting family in Detroit. Always bring home the Hobo bread. What a surprise this Christmas, my cousin Kim, gifted me with what else,Hobo bread. Thanks to her brother,Dennis,who was at Greenfield village during the holiday. So now I have a recipe. Also a soup can from my Aunt Janet. Can’t wait to bake some for the Easter holiday. Thanks you.

  22. sheryl Norman says:

    i love make making breads.

  23. GrzegorzS says:

    This recipe has become a family favorite!! My husband (who doesn’t cook) loves to make this recipe. And of course we all love to eat it no matter who made it! Quality beer makes a huge difference. We were very disappointed with the outcome using light beer. I also generally add a tad extra sugar.

  24. Joy Danzig says:

    I am a dedicated home baker. I noted your blog about retarding bread dough. I want to do this with a dough made with just sourdough starter, no commercial yeast, and I want to retard the dough in bulk for the first fermentation. I have made this bread numerous times and it comes out well with no retarding or with a retarding of the shaped loaves overnight. But I have never tried it with retarding of the bulk fermentation. The formula is “Vermont Sourdough with Increased Whole Grain” from the book Bread by Jeffrey Hamelman; it has 20% fermented flour (levain). Thank you.

  25. Tom says:

    This is one of the best breads i’ve made!! the bread is SUPER SOFT!!! wonderful recipe!!! i added butter, italian seasoning and cheese before i rolled it up – i could’ve eaten the whole loaf. i refrigerated it for about 5 hours – which was so wonderful to be able to do! and it looked so pretty! and smelled so wonderful!!! thanks!! 

  26. Jerry says:

    I just read your Westphalian pumpernickel recipe. Should the bulgar be dry or hydrated?

    Santa Cruz CA

  27. Bettye Cart says:

    Beth I found this online even though it was 7 yrs ago. My son and I followed your method to the T the other day and the bread baked to our complete dissatisfaction. It was a doorstop basically. We are consummate cooks and it was a bust. First, you said a handful of flour with the water kneaded with the dough hook for few min. That was soup. Then added yeast and more knead and a pause to rest. When the salt was added lastly you said the dough should not be stiff. Well it was. That was the start of hell. It barely rose for the hours we waited. Baked like a rock. I must tell you, for a while now I have been experimenting with home milled non GMO wheat and the results very dense. Some with kneading, some with no knead, some with a long ferment. Not happy. This time we tried 1 cup of the hard wheat milled and the remainder white organic unbleached flour and this was the rock. I am determined to master bread making with whole grains our preference for health but so far this autolyse method depressed us. Any suggestions? Email is fine.

  28. Diane Hall says:

    I stumbled across your delightful site when searching for skorpor, thank goodness. When I was growing up my maternal grandmother (whose parents came to this country in the 1870s from Bohemia and Moravia) used to make something my mother called skorps for my grandfather whose parents came here in 1881 from Sweden. Grandmother used stale bread, dipping slices in milk and then sugar, baking them on a cooking sheet till crisp. Grandpa would have them with his coffee every morning that she didn’t make Kolache or a tea ring. People of their generation let nothing go to waste so, like french toast, it was a way to use stale bread. My grandmother who was born in 1896 baked her bread and pastries on a weekly, if not daily, basis. I regret not learning from her how to make breads–yeast has always intimidated me. So, thank you for your website. I will learn the skill from you so I can bake for my granddaughter and in turn teach her.

    Best regards,
    Ann Arbor, MI

  29. Joseph Yakimow says:

    I live in Palm Springs CA. Do you know of anyone who bakes, or where I can purchase Ukrainian BABKA bread for Easter? Thanks, Joe.

  30. MDS says:

    Tried your blue cheese bread. It was a very good recipe. I used 1-1/2 teaspoons yeast and I dissolved it in the water, which was warm. Then I waited until the yeast was foamy to add it into the recipe. I used only 3-1/2 cups flour.
    The bread was soft and delicious–bakery worthy!

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