More About Mark

My name is Mark Dyck and I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

I’m still figuring out what to blog about; I’ve got lots of interests and no clear focus. So you could read about:

– brick oven bread baking
– minor hockey
– content management
– product marketing
– Web 2.0 tools — blogs, social media, wikis and the like
– citizen media
– better powerpoint presentations
– starting and growing a small business

I tend towards thinking too much and writing too little; switching that around is my top priority!

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6 Responses to “More About Mark”

  1. Gary Hypes Says:

    Mark,

    I’m trying to shape a loaf into a pain tordu, and finding surprisingly little help anywhere on the web. So far, anyway.

    My recipe says to make an indentation down the log (dough) with a wooden spoon handle, then twist like I was wringing out a dish rag. My tordu doesn’t tordu — it springs back into a non-twisted form.

    Am I being too gentle with the dough, or is there another technique I’m missing?

    Any help/thoughts appreciated.

    • Mark Says:

      Hey Gary — thanks for stopping by!

      It sounds like your dough isn’t relaxed enough. A little more rest during the shaping process might help with this.

      Try the following process from the end of bulk fermentation:

      – preshape into a rectangle
      – cover and rest 15-20 minutes
      – shape into a batard, and make the fendu crease with a dowel (a light dusting of flour in the crease will keep it separate)
      – let rest 5 minutes before twisting into a tordu.

      It might spring back a little during the proof — if that’s the case try twisting so that both ends are on the same side of the loaf and proof with those ends down on the cloth.

      good luck!

  2. chezjim Says:

    Ah! Coincidentally just before I happened (admittedly a bit late) on this post, I had just found a French baker’s videos of how to make certain specialty breads – including “pain tordu”:

    http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/FR/_video.asp?id=1690&ress=5424&video=120368&format=68#22064

    It’s in French, but hopefully even you don’t speak that the visuals will help.

  3. Bel Says:

    Oh wow, a bread-baker, blogger and a small business start-up, in Regina! This could be the start of a beautiful friendship….

    HELLO!

    • Mark Says:

      Hi Bel,

      I found out about your blog when you followed me on Twitter (I think.) Sadly I have blog remnants all over the place. This is an older one.

      I write more about the bread and bakery (we opened in 2011) at http://orangeboot.ca/

      My personal (and sadly neglected) blog is http://madbaker.com/

      It sounds like you’re back in England. If you make it back to Regina stop by the bakery and say hi! 🙂

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