I have been working with my San Francisco Starter and came up with a 65% hydration Sourdough with a small amount of cracked wheat thrown it for texture and eye appeal. I used a larger amount of starter than usual in the mix, to have the dough raise a little quicker. The dough was great to work with, sticky, yes, but bubbly and airy too. I started with:
Using my new Swedish Sourdough Starter, which I feed with Rye flour, I made a Light Swedish Rye Loaf. The flavor is incredibly full bodied and tangy. I used lots of Caraway seeds. I am enjoying the Swedish starter because it is very vigorous and reliable, it always seems full of bubbles just when I need to use it. Here is the recipe which will make 2 – three pound loaves:
Here is the recipe he sent me for Swedish Sourdough Bread:
I made another video using the roasting lid baking method for sourdough. The bread I made for this video, was the basic white sourdough with a modification of added evaporated milk and whole wheat. It came out nicely tangy and has a great wheaty flavor.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4PHUyRmpPc]
When I made the video in the last post, the video about slashing dough, I used the basic white sourdough recipe from http://www.northwestsourdough.com/recipes.html but I left out the oil and substituted a cup of evaporated milk instead of one of the cups of water. I used the Northwest Sourdough starter. I made a 63% dough hydration. The loaves came out magnificently and I wanted to show you the loaves up close because they didn’t show up that well in the video.
At the request of one of my sourdough buddies(Thankyou Carolyn), I made a video for showing shaping of batard and boule style loaves and another for showing a few kinds of dough slashing. If they help you that is great, sorry about the fuzziness, the videos were clearer on my computer but lost quality when I uploaded it to YouTube.
Here is the shaping video, it is about 10 minutes long:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45z18TtFijU]
Here is the dough slashing video, it is about three minutes long:
If I get a chance I will work on a baking video too, any more suggestions? Have a great baking day, Teresa
I have been corresponding with a man from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy whose name is Luca. He has his own wood fired oven in his backyard (jealousy here) which was built by his grandfather. Luca has graciously given me permission to share pictures of his bread and has provided us with a recipe for Focaccia. He has also send me some of his own Italian sourdough starter which I have been trying out.
Following a hint from Mariana-Aga’s Bread journal, (which you really should see, it’s one of the best bread baking journals I’ve visited) http://mariana-aga.livejournal.com/76839.html (it’s not all in a foreign language) about making a slurry of boiling water and a small amount of flour so you can have a mixture with some of the starch already gelatinized, I was hoping to come up with a white sourdough that would keep a moist crumb longer.
I was going to make up some sourdough waffles using the recipe available on my website http://www.northwestsourdough.com/recipes.html , but my son asked me to add more eggs to the batter. So I decided to not only add an extra egg, but to add some sourcream as well. When I baked (waffled, griddled?) up the waffles, my son was really happy (how can you NOT make a 16 year old boy happy with waffles?) but my daughter said, “These are KILLER waffles, mom!” So I will pass on the changes to the recipe to you and see what you think.
First bowl – whisk together:
Second bowl – add each following ingredient and then beat with whisk after each addition:
Third bowl – Add following ingredients and mix thoroughly:
Now add the contents of bowl one and bowl two together and using your whisk, mix thoroughly. Then add the contents of bowl three to the bowl of wet ingredients and whisk all together until blended. Let the mixture set for ten minutes while your waffle iron is heating to a high heat. The batter is a bit thin, but if it is too thick the waffles will be heavy, not light and crispy with a fluffy, soft interior. I spray my waffle iron when it is heated, with pan spray, and then I use one ladle of batter for my waffle iron and cook on high until it is as brown as I like. These waffles are so good that the taste of smooth, rich butter continues as you swallow each bite. The outside is crisp, but not crunchy, the interior like I mentioned, is soft, rich, smooth and really awesome. Try some and see if you don’t think so as well! This recipe makes enough for my large family, I think it made 12 – 15 eight inch waffles. So cut down on the amounts if you want less, don’t be afraid to put in three eggs if you are halving the recipe. Enjoy!