by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Saturday, October 29, 2011
100% Whole Wheat Bread + Shirley J Dough Enhancer
similar to: vital wheat gluten
ingredients: sweet dairy whey, soy lecithin, corn starch, ascorbic acid, salt, silicon dioxide, spices, fructose and corn oil.
my thoughts/review: The first thing I want to talk about is the scent. It may sound odd, but there are spices added to the enhancer. When my daughter (nose of a bloodhound, that one) took a whiff, she proclaimed, "it smells like the flavor packet in ramen noodles." Huh. I smelled it again and had to agree. This definitely made me wonder if that would have any impact on the flavor of the bread...and if it would be suitable for using in a sweet bread or roll. I'm happy to report that the loaf did not taste like ramen noodle broth. No verdict on the sweet bread yet, though...as I haven't tested it out in one (but the information packet on this product says it can be used in from scratch cakes and brownies successfully, so I'm guessing the results would be the same).
Since this is the claim, I decided to make two loaves of 100% Whole Wheat bread; one as written, one using the enhancer. While I was able to note a hint of difference, if you weren't looking for it specifically, I don't think that difference would have been noticeable. In the photos, the loaf on the right side is the one containing the dough enhancer. Throughout the whole process of making the bread, from the mixing of the dough, to the rising, to the final product, the most noticeable thing is the difference in color (and even that isn't prominent). The dough/loaf using the enhancer is a bit lighter in color. The second thing is the testing of the claim that the dough enhancer strengthens the gluten structure. I did notice a somewhat firmer, tighter, higher result in the enhanced dough. If you look at the pictures, you may be able to make it out. I just didn't find it different enough from the "regular" loaf to shout praises from the rooftops.
This is the only loaf I have made so far. Although my results weren't spectacular, I will continue to toy with it and see if I get more impressive results with any other projects. If I will do, I will give you an update that reflects my findings. Try it for yourself, you never know.
100% Whole Wheat Bread
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