Exercises in Baker’s Percentage

Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

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Baker’s percentage is a method of proportioning ingredients by their total weight in relation to the weight of the flour, which is always 100 percent (as a result, the flour in combination with the remaining ingredients will amount to more than 100 percent).
For instance, if a recipe calls for 10 pounds of flour and 5 pounds of liquid, the resulting percentages will be 100 percent and 50 percent respectively. This method of measuring enables the baker quickly to recalculate a recipe, depending upon his or her needs on any given day. In addition, percentage measurements based entirely on weight ensure that the recipe is always precise, which in turn guarantees a perfect baked loaf.