In many parts of the world, a very sour sourdough is considered a fault in the bread baking. However, here in the USA, it is usually considered a virtue. At the sourdough forum, we are having fun with a new board set up just for experimenting with “getting the sour” in sourdough. Anyone can join, you just have to ask for a password. The password will be removed when my book, “Discovering Sourdough” is posted. That is because the formula is part of the book, kind of like a preview.Continue reading
Remember how I spent some time trying to get a good soft crumb with sweet sourdough? Well I applied that same science to getting a nice soft wheat roll. The secret is adding some sour cream. Yes, you can add potatoes and that works too but the outcome is a bit heavier than the sour cream which helps produce a soft light crumb. Everyone wants a soft roll with dinner at times, yes the crusty hard rolls are terrific too, but sometimes you just want a soft dinner roll…
On the forum we are doing a baking challenge which includes any sourdough bread made using blueberries as one of the ingredients. I love berries of all kinds, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. I missed out on being able to pick local blueberries this year because I was traveling, so when I got back here to Washington, I just wanted to eat blueberries( I love to eat them fresh). Of course I had to go to the market to get some and I won’t be doing that too often. I paid 4.00 for 4 oz of blueberries!
Mmmmmm… it smells terrific! This bread fresh out of the oven smells awesome! It is the roasted cracked wheat that gives it that extra kick in flavor and smell…. So you want to try a rye without caraway seeds? This is another in the series of 100% starter hydration formulas. I am working with 100% sourdough starters right now, except when I am working on my salt sourdough of course.Continue reading
I love Mill Grain Bread. You can add any kind of grains or seeds you like. It smells and tastes so good! I know that many people if not most, keep their starters at 100% hydration. You might have noticed that the last several blog entries with recipes were also using the starter at 100% hydration.Continue reading
Just for fun, I put 7 oz of warm water and .5 oz of amber medium malt syrup in my spray bottle. This of course is the spray bottle I use to spray my bread dough just before baking, not a new whacky tanning spray!! I had two – 1 lb loaves of basic white sourdough that I was working with. I sprayed the first loaf with plain water and it came out like this:Continue reading
Here is something different in sourdough cookery….Gingerbread Cake. Don’t skimp on the butter or try to use less sugar, just bake it up how it is presented here and you will love it! The center of the cake always sinks down a bit, that is the part everyone fights over,Continue reading
The really fun thing about Basic White sourdough is that you can do so many fun variations with it. Adding walnuts is one fun variation. Many people like adding walnuts without adding sugar to the dough so the bread is not too sweet. I have two variations here for you today. One is a slightly sweet walnut bread and one is a savory variety.