Michael Eggebrecht teaching the Professional Baking class at Kneading Conference West.
I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Kneading Conference West in Mt. Vernon Wa at the WSU extension center. The conference lasted three wonderful days, Sept 15 – 17 2011. There was so much to see and do that it was hard to pick which classes to attend. The food served was really good and the people were just my kind of people.. obsessed with bread.
This is Summer Sourdough cooling off quickly in my freezer. I am sending it to a friend and want to cool it down and get it into the mail on the same day. Hopefully this experiment with sending bread in the mail will be successful. Since I am sending it to an understanding friend, he can always toss it in the compost heap if it arrives in sad shape!
OMGosh I have been busy! I wanted to bake up some sourdough biscuits this morning at the request of my kiddos. Of course I couldn’t just whip them up, I had to make a formula first! Well I was halfway through mixing when my boss called and said, ” Come to work stat!” Jeesh! So I said, “Hey, I have some sourdough biscuits on the way!” So these biscuits might look a bit hurried, but they were really good and I snuck a couple to work….my boss likes it when I do that.
No, not 70 years old! 70% hydration! I baked up some motherdough bread today. Bread made with motherdough is out of this world delicious. The flavor of the wheat is brought out to it’s fullest. The smell is heavenly. The crumb is soft and somewhat custardy moist and tender. This is really good bread.
My wonderful mom sent me some Quinoa. I am not sure why, except she knows I like to experiment with grains/flour/seeds etc. So I experimented with the Quinoa, which really isn’t a grain but a seed which can be ground into a flour. The smell and flavor was very good, so much so, that I made three batches so I could share it around.
Want a cool pizza on a hot day????
I thought maybe it would be fun to play around with dessert pizza. I have never really been fond of dessert pizza, but that might be because I only ever tried one sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I have a great fondness for blueberries, I also like strawberries and most other kinds of berries. So I decided to make a berry cheesecake dessert pizza. The results have been very tasty!
We all love pizza, that is just the way it is! (If you don’t, don’t tell anyone, you will be deemed a suspicious person) If you like a chewy, tasty crust, you might want to add some sourdough to your dough. For this formula, I added not only 60% motherdough which had been cold fermented three days ( for the flavor and added extensibilty), but also some vigorous 100% hydration starter as well (for the yeasts).
Big Bear’s Bread has been a real popular bread, I have had many emails about it. I wanted to try the same formula, but try to shorten the preferment time and add some grains/seeds. Since that is what I like (the grains/seeds), I thought I would call this variation, “Lady Bear’s Bread.”