Walnut Pear Sourdough

2 12 2009
Walnut Pear Sourdough

Walnut Pear Sourdough

Last week a friend brought us a box of Korean Pears (delicious, by the way) and seeing and tasting them, I thought they might make for a really yummy bread. I’ve never been a big fan of pears, don’t like the texture, but I hadn’t had asian pears before. The crisper texture, and not quite as sweet flavor was so much better than the pears I’d had previously. The crisper texture also seemed to lend itself better to inclusion in bread, not as likely to get lost. Then it came time for something else to add to the bread, and walnuts seemed like the natural choice. In the future I think I’ll consider adding some chunks of blue cheese into the mix as well, but I didn’t think some of the intended consumers of the bread would be happy with that.

I also decided to experiment with stenciling a bit with this bread, which was partially foiled by the flour from the couche, but by the time I was baking the third of the three loaves I’d manged to get it working a bit better. These loaves were also a testing ground for what differences using a cloche made. I played around with the slashing on them a bit too, somewhat successfully. The loaves that were baked in the cloche definitely had slashes that opened a bit wider, and somewhat crisper crust. The loaf volume appeared to be very similar, that is likely because they were verging on overproofed from being a little too warm when they went into the fridge overnight as shaped loaves.

I was very happy with how they turned out overall, though. The crust has a nice bite to it, while the crumb is creamy and very moist. The flavor has a lot of depth as well, just the slightest bit sour with some nuttiness and graininess from the rye and white whole wheat flours, yet exploding with bursts of fruity sweetness from the pears and nutty richness from the walnuts. Read the rest of this entry »





Méteils au Bleu

21 10 2009
Baked Méteils au Bleu

Baked Méteils au Bleu

This recipe comes from Pierre Nury via Daniel Leader’s Local Breads, this is the second recipe I’ve made from the book (and it went a lot better than the first, which I still need to write up). I picked this recipe because it looked like it would make cute little loaves, and one of my friends is a fan of blue cheese. It had also been a while since I made a bread with a significant amount of rye flour, and that one turned out a bit brick like. I had some trepidation starting this recipe because I had heard of many errors in the book (and experienced some of them in the first bread I made), but I didn’t notice any glaring errors in this recipe.
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Pain de Campagne

13 10 2009

Tabatière shaped Pain de Camapgne

Pain de Campagne loaf in a Tabatière shape


This bread ended up being somewhat abused, but it still turned out very tasty and nice looking! I had planned out the day and while I had a meeting at school, that I was expecting to take quite a bit of time, things still ended up funky. My best estimate for when I would get home left the dough for this bread with about 2 to 3 hours left on the bulk ferment. As it turned out, I had to have my mom give the dough a quick stretch and fold for me and stick it in the fridge. But of course then things started moving fast, so it never should have gone in the fridge…

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Another Sunday… Time to bake!

6 10 2009
Lavash

Cinnamon Sugar Lavash

Well, Sunday rolled around again and that meant it was baking time! This Sunday brought three separate things to bake, Light Whole Wheat from Bread Baker’s Apprentice, Lavash from Bread Baker’s Apprentice, and a 100% whole wheat loaf from a recipe my mom had found online (it was an attempt to duplicate a store bought bread my dad used to love, but is unfortunately no longer made).

The Light Whole Wheat loaf seemed like it would be great for my lunches this week, and I was hoping the other recipe would be able to come close to that bread my dad liked, he usually has it as toast in the morning. The Lavash was just because I felt like it! The first one I made was the Light Whole Wheat.
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Ciabatta

18 09 2009

Sourdough Ciabatta

Sourdough Ciabatta


Making the Ciabatta from Bread Baker’s Apprentice has been quite the adventure. I think I’ve made it four times (recently that is) now? Before I’ve really been happy with it.

The first time was an utter disaster, I had a friend that kept talking about making ciabatta but not doing it. So I took it upon myself to give him some ready made ciabatta, just needing baking. Unfortunately, they rose far more in the fridge than I was anticipating and became very stuck to the couche, I tried to bake them at home and they turned out okay. But nothing great. Read the rest of this entry »





Sourdough is Back!

12 08 2009

Risen Phase 3 Starter

New Sourdough!


So I was starting to run low on the Anadama sandwich loaves and I needed a new loaf for my lunches. Flipping through Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads I was reminded that I wanted to try the method from said book for a sourdough starter. And since the majority of the breads in the book are adaptable to using a sourdough, even if the recipe calls for a biga, I went with the 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf. But the loaf will come a bit later, first the starter…

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Two Sandwich Loaves

31 03 2007

Two Sandwich Loaves
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.

These rose better than they look like they did. They were a little small for the size loaf pan they were in. They both split really badly, but it is kind of hard to slash the top when it isn’t even close to the top of the loaf pan!





Two Loaves

31 03 2007

Two Loaves
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.

Both sourdough, both the same recipe, turned out a little bit different. Mainly, the one on the left had more flour stick to it.
A while a go I split my starter into two, because it didn’t seem to be doing well with whole wheat flour, I split some off and tried to get to whole wheat more slowly.
Then both starters were loving whole wheat. So today I did a bakeoff. Two boules and two sandwich loaves. The one on the right here is the original starter, definitely rose more. Seemed to do the same with the sandwich loaves as well.





Sourdough

20 02 2007

Sourdough
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.





Sourdough

20 02 2007

Sourdough
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.








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