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blackpippi Feb 22, 2013 06:09 AM

I am going to attempt to make Cook's Illustrated whole wheat bread recipe in my bread machine. The problem is it makes two 9x5 loaves and that's too big for the machine.

The original recipe uses 6 cups of flour as a base. I'm going to half that along with all the other ingredients. I'm guessing this will make a 1.5 lb loaf.

But, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast. Do I half that as well? Yeast confuses me.

(I've made the full recipe by hand many times so don't hate on me for using the machine.)

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    sparrowgrass RE: blackpippi Feb 22, 2013 06:17 AM

    Bread is pretty forgiving. If it is all whole wheat flour, I would be tempted to use the whole packet.

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      blackpippi RE: sparrowgrass Feb 23, 2013 10:22 AM

      Thanks. I used your advice and the bread turned out perfectly. (The recipe was half whole wheat, btw)

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      blackpippi RE: blackpippi Mar 8, 2013 05:20 AM

      I made a huge mistake. The yeast in the recipe is in TABLESPOONS, so when I used 1 1/2 teaspoons I reduced the amount by two thirds.
      Anyway, I remade the bread again with 1 1/2 tablespoons (the full original amount) and the two loaves seem exactly the same. Again, you were right, bread is pretty forgiving.

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        blackpippi RE: blackpippi Mar 8, 2013 05:34 AM

        Oops, I spoke too soon. The first slice of toast was in the toaster when I posted that last one.
        The two breads look identical, they raised the same amount and the crumb looks the same, but the one with the full yeast is noticeably sour and has a cottony texture.

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