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Ralph Onesti


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Anything to do with yeasted doughs: First off...Please do not include sensitive material and please do not set your question to "private". answers may benefit someone else with the same problem. Breads: sourdough, levain, rye, brioche, laminated doughs, French doughs, straight dough, enriched doughs, danish, etc.

Experience in the area

I grew up in the pastry business in South Philadelphia many years ago. I trained with the best in bread baking artisan style loaves.


Bread Baker's Guild of America


Trained with the family in the family business, and award winning bread artisans

What do you like about this subject?

Bread Baking is a passion and and art. I love and possess both.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Bread lives...and it teaches as it lives.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You can make high quality artisan bread at home with knowning but a few tricks...and I have them all.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There are lots of "bread companies" out can beat them all.

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swan02/28/17101010Thank you.
don12/22/16101010very good--quick reply
darlene11/13/16101010Ralph answers your questions rapidly and with .....

Recent Answers from Ralph Onesti

2017-02-25 yeast:

Hi Swan:    I never understood the reasoning behind "waking up the yeast"!    If you use INSTANT YEAST, you add it directly to the mix! Rapid Rise is just a bit "slower".    Instant yeast is called that

2016-12-25 rolls falling:

HI Walter:    OK...let's see:    1. has this recipe worked for you before?    2. Proofing at 100 degrees is way, way, way too temp is fine. the yeast ate itself to death!    3. I believe they

2016-11-13 freezing dough:

Hi Darlene...    Yes. The only problem with freezing on a cookie sheet or tupperware is the amount of moisture laden air  you will freeze along with it.    Th moisture in the air will get to it's dew point

2016-11-12 freezing dough:

Hi Darlene:    Short answer:  yes!     You can freeze the chunky type cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, by scooping out the portion and putting them in a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible

2016-10-23 Mix:

Hi James:    Yes it is different from wheat flour in that it has no gluten forming structure.    In this mix are things like rice flour etc that have no gluten.    Read the instructions and use it like


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