What is a Timeline?
One of the unique features of On Bread Alone is what I call a recipe timeline. Bread recipes differ from cooking recipes in that for yeast breads there are ferment and proof times. I look at a bread recipe timing from two points of view:
- How much time will I be active – measuring, mixing, forming, …
- How much time will I be inactive, ie waiting – ferment, proofing, preheating the oven and baking
The recipes list active and inactive times and a resulting total time. A timeline clock is a representation of this. Here are some examples
Sponge Method Challah
Sponge Method Challah has many active and inactive steps. The active steps are red pie shapes, the inactive times white. The steps include Active-Mix sponge, inactive-ferment, Active-Mix and knead dough, Inactive-proof, Active-Form braid, Inactive-Proof, Active-Wash and seed, Inactive-Bake, Active-Remove loaf.
The total time is 3:40 but only 40 minutes of that is active while you wait for 3 hours.
Beer Soda Bread
Beer Soda Bread is the exact opposite. Mix the ingredients and bake.