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Experiments With Freezing Dough

I’ve been experimenting with freezing dough. My first experiment was with a two loaf batch of seeded dough.  After bulk ferment, I put the dough into the fridge to cool it down before shaping it. Chilling the dough minimizes excessive rising before it freezes. After refrigerating the dough for two hours, I shaped the loaves (about 700 grams each) and put them (in bannetons) into the freezer (covered with a plastic bag). READ MORE »

Slowing Down Fermentation

Most likely ambient temperatures are warmer now that it’s summer here in the northern hemisphere. Your starter and dough can over-ferment easily in hotter weather. Here are some ideas for slowing down your starter and dough:
Things that help slow down a starter are: READ MORE »

Fresh Ground Flour and Home Milling

Fresh Hard Red Spring Wheat Berries

I have two home mills, the Blendtec Kitchen Mill and the Mockmill, well maybe three if you count the cheapo coffee grinder I used in the past before I got the Mockmill.

The Blendtec Kitchen Mill has been a mainstay in my kitchen for years. I’m actually on my second one as the first one ended up with a cracked housing (it was old, I bought it used on Ebay, years ago). I like that this mill will grind fine flour fast and in a large quantity (well large for the home baker). However, that’s pretty much all it will do, just flour. It will do a variation of super fine flour to less fine flour. It won’t grind cracked meal, bulgher, coarse meal etc. One of the cons is that it is very READ MORE »

Sweet and Sour Sourdough

Cranberry Walnut Sourdough

It’s that time of year when lots of folks around the world are baking. We are heading into spring in this hemisphere and on the other side of the world they are heading into fall. Often in the summer many people give up baking for a while, so during summer half the world isn’t as interested in baking as when it’s cold (although we still have to eat!). It is more fun to fire up your oven when it’s cool. It makes the house seem “homey” and inviting.

Which gets me to the matter I wanted to talk about in this post, “sweet” and “sour” sourdough. Many bakers are still after the elusive, “How do I get my sourdough more sour?” READ MORE »

Failure in Bread Baking

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I would like to mention something. I have baking failures. We all do. Those of you who are newbies sometimes get discouraged by seeing other baker’s photos, but all of us, even now, will have failures, we just don’t post them for the world to see. READ MORE »

Christmas Giveaway 2016

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Edited to name winners: 

Dianna 
dallidallibakery – Brod and Taylor proofer

Lindsay Leong – Mockmill

Vanya Dineva – Lame by Zatoba

Arie
Arie@***shine.com – Fibrament Baking Stone

David
[email protected] – KD8000 Baker’s Scale

Winners please contact me at [email protected] by Dec 31st to claim your prize and give me your address so the sponsors can mail your prize to you. 


Hello Everyone! I know you’re as excited as I am about giveaways. Today we are starting a Christmas Giveaway, it will end on Dec 12th so there will be enough time for the prizes to be mailed out to the winners in time for Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivities.

This year we have a wonderful line up of prizes from Brod and Taylor, MockMill, Zatoba, Baking Stone Co and Northwest Sourdough. Several of the companies will also being doing special discounts on their products just for you, so you can purchase some early gifts for your loved ones.  READ MORE »

Bake Artisan Sourdough Bread Like a Professional

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Hello my baking friends, this is the second week as I feature each one of my sourdough baking courses with a special discount coupon. This week I am featuring my second course, “Bake Artisan Sourdough Bread Like a Professional.” This was actually the first course I published, I later went back and made an introductory course for beginners called “Sourdough Bread Baking 101,” but the professional course was my first one and it is still the most popular one. As time went by and I published more courses, eight in all, I became better at video taping and editing, but even so, this course remains the most sought after.  READ MORE »

Quest for Sourdough Workshop – Pt 1- Library

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What a wonderful two days spent in St. Vith Belgium at the Puratos Center for Bread Flavour! A year ago Karl De Smedt asked me if I would like to visit the sourdough library in Belgium. I answered that I would love to visit someday. His reply was intriguing, “Well, we’ll have to see if we can make that happen.”

He made it happen. READ MORE »

Some Interesting Baking Site Links

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I don’t know about you, but here in the northwest, we went from some unusually hot (for us) weather to cool and rainy. It feels like summer is gone and fall has made it’s claim. I’m okay with that, although I love summer here.

I want to let you in on some great news. READ MORE »

Buried Bread – A Sourdough Experiment

Buried Sourdough Bread

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 »

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