Autolyse (Auto-Leese) is a term used in baking that refers to a simple method which improves the flavor and quality of bread. Essentially, the flour and water in the formula are mixed together and left to rest. The dough might be resting but the microorganisms are going to work.
I’ve got the second video finished. It’s called Blister Crust Sourdough Part 2 Fermentaion and Folding Dough. I am working on video number three which will be about shaping, slashing and proofing. The final video will be about baking and the finished bread. Continue reading Video # 2 Fermentation and Folding Dough
I’ve promised to teach you how I make the blistery crust sourdough bread. It’s taking me a while because I am learning to use a new video editing software. Hopefully, I will improve as I roll out the next few videos, but here is the first one in the series:
Leftover mashed potatoes are a good thing when it comes to baking. I used potatoes and flax seeds to help keep the bread moist for a longer period of time. It really works. I also used the double hydration technique to obtain a nice spring and crumb with a lower protein all purpose flour. Here ya go…
For the third year in a row, the folks who put together Kneading Conference West, did a wonderful job. It was great to see baker friends from former conferences, Floyd of The Fresh Loaf, MC of Farine and Meeghan of Breadsong.
For World Bread Day today, I decided to bake up some Ciabatta. I had completely forgotten it was WBD until I saw postings on FaceBook and I thought I had better do something quick. Well, quick doesn’t work too well for sourdough… Continue reading Flaxseed Ciabatta – for World Baking Day 2012
I have been baking Salish Sea Sourdough at Passionate for Pies for two weeks now. Passionate for Pies is owned by two of the nicest people in Eastsound, Wa. Shasha Jean and Marie Bigbee opened Passionate for Pies three years ago. Their pies, tarts, and pot pies are reknown in the San Juan Islands and beyond for being the tastiest, most wholsome pastry treats available.
Michael Eggebrecht teaching the Professional Baking class at Kneading Conference West.
I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Kneading Conference West in Mt. Vernon Wa at the WSU extension center. The conference lasted three wonderful days, Sept 15 – 17 2011. There was so much to see and do that it was hard to pick which classes to attend. The food served was really good and the people were just my kind of people.. obsessed with bread.
This formula is easy to follow and bakes up terrific bread. I used a morphing technique that really brings out the taste in the bread. Morphing sourdough is when you use two different starters to improve the quality of the bread. When I want to morph, I usually will use a white starter and a whole grain starter, either a rye or whole wheat starter. Today I used white and wheat together.
There won’t be a recipe on this post. Instead I want to talk not only about Salt Fermented Sourdough ( I will link once again to my salt fermented dough formula here), but about my book, “Discovering Sourdough” and about some of my baking friends.