Earlier I mentioned I wanted to try to bake in the woodstove in the basement where I am living. It looks like this: (Wouldn’t it inspire you to try baking in it?)
It has been cold here as of late, so I fired it up and ran it all night long. There were some nice coals in the morning.
Continue reading Baking in the Basement Woodstove!
Over the New Year holidays, I moved to the San Juan Islands. It has been a two year journey for me from an abusive situation, a divorce and now starting over. Continue reading A New Year, a New Life
Brod and Taylor sent several of us online blogging bakers their new Folding Bread Proofer. I was one of them. My Technical Administrator on the Sourdough Forum and I were talking about jerry rigging our own proofer before I received notice from Brod and Taylor about testing their new proofer.
Continue reading Brod and Taylor Bread Proofer – Review
Wow, did this bread ever smell great, in dough form, while baking and … while eating! It is at it’s best once cooled and given some time to mellow.
I got the inspiration for the chocolate cinnamon blend from Peter Reinhart’s bread, Chocolate Cinnamon Babka, see my post here: http://www.northwestsourdough.com/discover/?p=900 from his book, Artisan Breads Every Day. I loved that blend of flavors, chocolate and cinnamon.
Continue reading Chocolate Cinnamon Rye… with Walnuts
There is a new addition to my Magnificent Sourdough page. Baker Judd Friedman’s bread, Pain de Campagne is showcased.
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Those of you who like to bake without thinking about what’s behind it… might want to skip this post….
This is a follow up experiment to the post Experiments with Autolyse #1 (length of autolyse)
To autolyse means to give your dough a rest period after mixing and before adding the salt to the dough. Professor Raymond Calvel pioneered this dough development stage which helped produce superior bread. When the flour and water are combined, the gluten strands are hydrated and begin to bond. Enzymes are activated and they begin their work on the dough. One of the enzymes called Protease when activated, starts to break down or digest the gluten strands. You might think this would ruin your gluten network that you are trying to build up, but used properly on the right kind of dough using the right flour, you can direct the outcome of the bread in different ways.
Continue reading Experiments with Autolyse # 2
Experiments with Autolyse (Autolysis)
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An autolyse stage, as used in the making of bread, was first introduced by Professor Raymond Calvel. He noticed that when the dough was given a chance to hydrate when first mixed without the addition of salt (or other ingredients besides flour and water), it produced a superior outcome in the final bread.
Continue reading Experiments with Autolyse (Autolysis) # 1
Visiting with some of my family:
My niece, Dominica with her daughter, Mattie and their new puppy
I have been busy and haven’t posted or baked much lately. However I always seem to be thinking about sourdough anyway. While visiting family in California, I came upon some “California Sourdough” baked in the Midwest and shipped to the coast. I think it should have read, “Midwest Sourdough.” I decided to pass on it. I would like to find more local Artisan sourdough style breads to review.
Continue reading Autumn Days – My Favorite
The credit for this bread goes to a man dear to my heart. He does not know lime is one of my favorite flavors. He came up with the idea the weekend we met and we worked on it together, so it will be a favorite of mine from now on. It is unusual and quite delicious.
Continue reading Pixie’s Lime Loaf
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.
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