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Visiting with some of my family:

My niece, Dominica with her daughter, Mattie and their new puppy

I have been busy and haven’t posted or baked much lately. However I always seem to be thinking about sourdough anyway. While visiting family in California, I came upon some “California Sourdough” baked in the Midwest and shipped to the coast. I think it should have read, “Midwest Sourdough.”  I decided to pass on it.  I would like to find more local Artisan sourdough style breads to review.

I was in California the same week Peter Reinhart was in San Francisco but I did not find out about it until I returned and checked Pizza Quest. It would have been nice to meet him. It has been a lot of fun and an honor to be a guest editor on his site, Pizza Quest. My latest post on Pizza Quest is here.

I have been thinking a lot about the autolyse process and am planning to write about it for a future article. It is especially helpful to use an autolyse for high protein pizza flour. I worked with some high protein flour while I was in Hawaii two years ago, I enjoyed experimenting with it. One of the posts I did at the time on the high protein flour you can find here.

Also, I was chosen to test out Brod and Taylor’s new Bread Proofer. That should be interesting. Any of you who are regular readers know that I have come up with some unusual home proofers, like my microwave and my dishwasher (what will she think of next???)

Here is a picture of it and the link below will show you a demonstration. It would be great if some of you got in on it and asked me any questions you might have about it. We could kind of test it together.

 

http://brodandtaylor.com/how-it-works/

 

This Autumn should be busy and fun. I know I am already thinking about another Cranberry Sourdough (cranberry pizza?)….. well what about you???

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. kollin kollin
    October 24, 2011    

    Family, bread, pizza and puppies… who needs more than that 😉

    P.S.Is it possible to put 2 round bannetons (for 1kg of dough)inside this proofer ?

    • northwestsourdough northwestsourdough
      October 24, 2011    

      Hi Kollin, I will put your question on the list…. thanks!

  2. October 24, 2011    

    @Kollin – from Brod and Taylor – The interior dimensions are 12.5 x 15 x 8.5. I think two large round bannetons are not going to fit side by side. Certainly they would if the loaves were more torpedo shaped. This has come up before and we were asked about the possibility of making a second shelf. This is something we are considering – but not available currently. Hope this helps!

  3. kollin kollin
    October 24, 2011    

    @jaclyn – That’s what I afraid from.Thank you!
    Are you planning 220v two shelves model for the European market in near feature (I’m actually from Europe)?
    Thank you again!
    Best regards:
    Kollin

  4. October 25, 2011    

    Yes, next year the 220v unit will be available and the two-shelf model is in development! Thank you and thank you Teresa for testing! – jaclyn (PR Director for Brod and Taylor)

    • kollin kollin
      October 25, 2011    

      Thank you!

  5. Lindy Lindy
    October 30, 2011    

    Sylvia over at the Fresh Loaf has one and can fit two loaves in, using a bit of ingenuity.

    http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/25683/new-proofer-folding-cooling-racks

    • November 2, 2011    

      isn’t that wild? She is so clever 😉 I’m learning so much from the blogosphere about new uses, tricks, and tips for the proofer.
      jaclyn / @writerjax

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