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New Baking Course – Extreme Fermentation

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Hello Everyone! I’ve launched a new online baking course called, “Extreme Fermentation – Bake Modified Gluten Sourdough Bread.” The method was inspired by Yohan Ferrant’s method of low inoculation, extreme fermentation at high hydration.

For the course, I used a moderate high hydration to make the dough easier to handle. The course covers the low inoculation method of extreme fermentation with very little handling of the dough. I also show how to modify the dough so you can make “sour” sourdough or mild sourdough using the same dough. READ MORE »

Buried Bread – A Sourdough Experiment

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Many years ago, when I was working with and experimenting with Desem, I would bury the Desem dough ball in the bag of flour and then later dig it out and see that it had cracked open with the fermentation going on inside. I remember thinking about how nice the skin on the dough ball was. When it was buried in the flour, READ MORE »

Sourdough Bread Baking Experiments – Course Launch Today!

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Today is launch day for my new course, “Sourdough Bread Baking Experiments.” I had a lot of fun making this course but it took me a long time to get it finished. Thank you for being so patient!

In this course, I boiled bread, worked with low inoculation, double hydrations, motherdough, overnight ferments, super high hydration (Cristal Bread) and other fun experimental methods. I also played around with some heritage grains, Spelt and Teff. There is even a failed experiment with double hydration! READ MORE »

Countdown to NEW Sourdough Baking Course Launch!

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I wanted to launch my new online course, “Sourdough Bread Baking Experiments,” this coming weekend, the last weekend of June. However, I am flying to the “Udemy Live,” convention where I have been asked to be a speaker. So instead I will shorten the launch READ MORE »

Baking Hacks & Tips Videos

Banneton Cleaning

I’ve posted a new video showing how to clean out gunky wet dough from bannetons. I decided to post a few more of the baking tip videos here for your convenience. Some were done a while ago, but a brush up on ideas is always fun.  READ MORE »

Reasons Why Your Bread Might Be Dense

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A student in class  wanted to know some of the reasons why a loaf of bread might turn out dense. So I began this answer… which turned into a post:

Some reasons why your bread might be dense:

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Playing Around With Gluten Free Bread Baking

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I have a neighbor who has to eat gluten free so I told him I would play around with the gluten free flour available in the regular grocery stores. I did not use sourdough, I used commercial yeast and had to go buy some at the store. It was a it weird but I wanted to get a good loaf first and then experiment making it with sourdough later. So this is my first test: READ MORE »

75% Hydration, Easy Autumn White Sourdough Bread

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I’ve been having fun with some higher hydration loaves. This particular formula is easy because it uses up a lot of your sourdough starter and the high inoculation rate of starter in the dough is like a built in autolyse. After all, what did you think the sourdough starter was doing while you slept? READ MORE »

Playing Around with Teff Flour for Teff Bread

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I was able to pick up some Teff flour on discount at the store. The flour is still fresh, so I think the store just wanted to discontinue it. Which means I’ll have to find it elsewhere when I need to purchase some more.

According to the internet, Teff is a seed not a grain and if that leaves you scratching your head, read here: Difference between Seeds and Grains. That is not the only article, just Google it for more information, it is quite fascinating actually.
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The Controversy Rages On….

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. READ MORE »

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