There has been an ongoing controversy over whether a starter culture that you obtain elsewhere, is taken over by, or reverts to, the local microorganisms after you have had it for a while.
I asked Debra Wink that question and she said a stable starter would keep the original organisms intact if it was healthy. I have heard many different opinions on the subject. However, there is one thing that keeps me from making up my mind about the subject and that is the tests I have done. Many years ago, I did time tests for different starters to see how long they took to proof. See Starter Experiments.Continue reading
This is a variation for an old recipe called Latvian Apple Cake. What is so cool about this recipe is that you can substitute just about any fruit and make a terrific dessert. Think pear cranberry, blueberry, peaches, mixed berries, plum pear, apple cranberry, etc. It is an easy elegant dessert and it tastes delicious!Continue reading
My dear friend, MC’s (of the blog, Farine) grandson, Noah has been murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre this morning. Please visit her site and offer words of condolences. So many of you know her and have benefited from her wonderful blog over the years. I met her at Kneading Conference West last year and had the pleasure of spending time with her at this year’s conference. This tragedy has affected me deeply and I wish to show MC support.
Visit her site here: Farine
Kneading Conference West is a three day event held in September at the Washington State University Extension and Research facility in Mt. Vernon. It brings together bakers, plant breeders, millers, brewers and even oven builders, all with some connection to grain.Continue reading
I have been baking Salish Sea Sourdough at Passionate for Pies for two weeks now. Passionate for Pies is owned by two of the nicest people in Eastsound, Wa. Shasha Jean and Marie Bigbee opened Passionate for Pies three years ago. Their pies, tarts, and pot pies are reknown in the San Juan Islands and beyond for being the tastiest, most wholsome pastry treats available.
My baker friend Jeremy baked up a loaf of the 40/100 Motherdough and produced a mighty fine loaf.
See the post on his blog, Stir the Pots. Jeremy has some incredible posts. I will post links to a few that I really found interesting. You should bookmark his site and see what he has baking/cooking on a regular basis.