Tag: baking

The Mighty Bagel

The Mighty Bagel

I had this next chapter in the BBA challenge on my list for a very long time but only now I got to actually get my hands dirty (literally!): Bagels! Partly because of my quest of finding the highest gluten content flour (14.2%), and partly because of the residual insanity in my life that never seems to clear up. Here is my first adventure in baking Bagels – hope it’ll inspire you.

BBA Challenge – Ciabatta Bread

BBA Challenge – Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta bread, first quest in baking myself through Peter Reinhart’s book, as part of the Nicole’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge(BBA).

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 6) – Grand Finale

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 6) – Grand Finale

Le Baking – (Bread Day 3)

This was the Happy Day! The day when everything came together. The fun. The Grand Finale. The day you can hug everyone on the street, then get arrested for being weird.

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Started off by taking the two baskets out of the fridge to a warm spot for more room temperature rising for about 4-5 hours. I left them in their plastic bags to prevent any crusting.

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Happy New 2009 and Sourdough Cam!

Happy New 2009 and Sourdough Cam!

Dear friends, Thought of starting of this first day off 2009 with a live Sourdough Cam showing the growth and live development! How fun this can be? Now, I don’t expect you starring at the sourdough jar for hours, but you can check the progress […]

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 5) – A Doughy Day

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 5) – A Doughy Day

Le Dough – (Bread Day 2) A somewhat more complicated day. I started off by taking the sponge out of the fridge and cutting it into rough pieces to help it warm up faster (about an hour). I covered it so it would not crust […]

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 4) – Now We’re Talking!

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 4) – Now We’re Talking!

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I know. My mysterious disappearance left some of you wondering if the sourdough process got out of control or I got into depression following the ‘depression’ of the previous sourdough starter. I could say both. As Christmas approached, things seemed to be getting more busier and seemed like there was barely any online time.

To be honest, in a way I enjoyed it! Ha! Go figure.

A new batch and a rebirth

Truth is that I didn’t completely discard the previous starter after deflation. After reading Joy of Cooking‘s recipe for sourdough starter, that suggests actually using some commercial yeast to get things started in a kitchen that’s wild yeast depraved, I took 1 cup of the old one, fed it, and sprinkled a half of Tsp of dry yeast.

The next morning, the thing was erupting. Literally. It came to life all of a sudden during the night. It was so promising, that I decided to let it multiply, and in the mean time start a new batch of sourdough starter out of whole wheat flour, that took the same procedure as the previous 3 day process, but this time I left it to hang out there longer between each feeds, considering that yeast activity was seriously slowed down by the somewhat colder temperature on our home. This batch flourished! To the point that I had to twice clean the top of the fridge because of over spilling. Considering this aggressive yeast activity in both jars, I decided it was time to think of the actual bread.

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Sourdough Chronicles (Day 3) – The End

Sourdough Chronicles (Day 3) – The End

Things looked promising! The 3rd day looked like thing were moving in the right direction. The sourdough starter grew about 1 inch over the indicator line (rubber band). Not as aggressive as during the day before, but given the fact that our night temperature is […]

Sourdough Chronicles – Day 1

Sourdough Chronicles – Day 1

A fellow foodie – Nicole – the author of the fantastic Pinch My Salt blog full of superb recipes, tips ideas and marvelous pics, who had a great photo chronicle on making her own sourdough starter from scratch inspired me to do the same. Here are the Chronicles of Sourdough Starter.