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!
The Australian Forum is having a Baguette bakoff, and I was asked to submit. So today I baked up six one pound Baguettes. I just used the Basic White recipe on my site at : http://www.northwestsourdough.com/recipes.html , and I added a cup of motherdough. If you don’t know what motherdough is, do a search on my blog here, there are some other posts about it. I mixed up the dough yesterday, but instead of shaping the loaves and putting them in the refrigerator, I put the whole bowl in the refrigerator and warmed up the dough and shaped this morning.
This bread is so wonderful!! It has the most unique flavor and terrific holes and it pops in the oven like a miracle. I am amazed everytime I bake it again! You MUST have a vigorous motherdough at 80% hydration going to make this recipe work. I made up the dough let it cool overnight and next day: