Posts tagged Northwest Sourdough

Potato Flax Sourdough

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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…

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Kneading Conference West 2013

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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.

It was also great to see baking instructors from past conferences, Scott Mangold of Bread Farm, Continue reading Kneading Conference West 2013

Cheesy Topped Loaf

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This is a companion post to the post Fig-caccia! If you want to make Cheesy Topped Loaf, the formula is at: Fig-caccia!

I made the dough using the formula found on the linked page. I used half of the dough for the Fig-caccia! and half of the dough for the Cheesy Topped Loaf. The dough is 77% hydration and wet, but not too wet as I used a large amount of whole grain flour in the formula.  Continue reading Cheesy Topped Loaf

Fig-caccia!

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I’ve been busy all summer, baking at the new bakery in town. So I haven’t had a lot of time for baking in my own home. Today however, I decided to be creative and do something new. My sweetheart bought me some fresh figs because he knows how much I love figs. Continue reading Fig-caccia!

The Controversy Rages On….

There has been an ongoing controversy over whether a starter culture that you obtain elsewhere, is taken over by, or reverts to, the local microorganisms after you have had it for a while.

I asked Debra Wink that question and she said a stable starter would keep the original organisms intact if it was healthy.  I have heard many different opinions on the subject. However, there is one thing that keeps me from making up my mind about the subject and that is the tests I have done. Many years ago, I did time tests for different starters to see how long they took to proof.  See Starter Experiments. Continue reading The Controversy Rages On….

Caramelized Onion Cheese Loaf

When I was young, there was a bakery in town that specialized in a Cheese Onion loaf. It was a soft, white crumb studded with melted cheese pockets and caramelized onions chunks. The bread was a sought after item and you could smell it baking from far off. Continue reading Caramelized Onion Cheese Loaf

Blonde Wig Sourdough

I have a dear friend who is fighting cancer. The chemo treatments leave her unable to eat much but she loves eating my sourdough bread. So I have formulated this bread just for her. It is the white counterpart to Pink Wig bread which was also formulated for a woman fighting cancer (it is a whole wheat version). Continue reading Blonde Wig Sourdough

Sourdough Latvian Apple Cake

This is a variation for an old recipe called Latvian Apple Cake. What is so cool about this recipe is that you can substitute just about any fruit and make a terrific dessert. Think pear cranberry, blueberry, peaches, mixed berries, plum pear, apple cranberry, etc. It is an easy elegant dessert and it tastes delicious! Continue reading Sourdough Latvian Apple Cake

Sourdough Ginger Cake with Blueberries ‘n Cream

I baked up a Sourdough Ginger cake in a bundt pan to take to a get together. This recipe is a variation on my Sourdough Gingerbread cake. Baking it in a bundt pan had the effect of making the cake more dense. Continue reading Sourdough Ginger Cake with Blueberries ‘n Cream

A New Year…Looking Back

It was  one year ago that I came to live in the San Juan Islands. So much has happened since then. I got a chance  to bake commercially in a local bakery. Unfortunately the bakery shut down and I am looking for a job. Continue reading A New Year…Looking Back