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Kneading Conference West 2012 Part I

MC, Teresa (me) and Breadsong photo by Douglas McLaughlin

Kneading Conference West (Sept 13, 14 and 15) 2012 was a terrific success. I had the privilege of attending for the second year in a row and I am really glad I did. The Kneading Conference  is held in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Mt Vernon, Wa atContinue reading

Cinnamon Rolls, Pita Pockets, Pizza dough, Soft White Bread, Rolls….

San Juan Island area is a beautiful place to live. The locals are very friendly, it has been fun to meet new people. I attended a transportation meeting to see about road safety and bike trails. I joined a prayer group from the church I attend and I was able to help out at the local soup kitchen this week and bring some of my bread.

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Sourdough Christmas Wreaths

Sourdough Wreaths

Sourdough Wreaths

 

Here is a neat shaping technique for dough that will enable you to end up with beautiful Christmas wreaths to give for gifts or showcase your buffet table. You can follow any recipe that will produce about 1.5 lbs of dough, as each wreath is 1.5 lbs each. You can also use any filling that suits your fancy. Some ideas would be pecans and chopped apples, preserves, chopped dates, figs and walnuts, cherries, dried cranberries, blueberries, etc.

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Sourdough Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

 

It’s that time of year where baking of squash, sweet potaoes (and/or yams) and other such autumn treats are pretty standard fare, especially around Thanksgiving. This recipe features leftover baked sweet potatoes baked up into muffins. You can substitute any veggie with a similar texture such as those mentioned above. I like using up my extra starter instead of tossing it whenever I can and these yummy tender treats will help you do just that.

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Sourdough Soft Wheat Rolls

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…

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