I'm following one Paul Hollywood's recipe for the "Basic White Tin Bread" from his book " How To Bake".
In the recipe it states to prove
for about 1 hour, until the dough is at least doubled in size and springs back quickly if you prod it slightly with your finger.
I followed the recipe and all seemed to go well until baking. The rise in the oven was poor at best. The crumb appears okay but it's very dense as you get to the bottom of the loaf.
I've been googling and it appears the problem may be that I have over proven.
Paul Hollywood is located in the UK and his book is aimed at locals (evidenced by comments about ideal kitchen temp of 20C to 22C, 68f to 71.6f). I live in Brisbane, Queensland. The ambient temperature yesterday was 28.5C (83f). He also states in the recipe to use water that is cool (around 15C / 77f) so I use water from the fridge mixed with tap water.
So my questions are:
- Does the ambient temperature of the kitchen affect the prove time? If so how?
- Does the water temperature have an impact on just the rise or on the proving as well?
- Should I shorten the prove time and if so how to I judge how much?
They really boil down to, how do I factor in the sub tropical climate when using a bread recipe written for the UK and north America?
Btw, I'm not keen on continually poking the dough while proving as I'm concerned that this may affect the prove.