Cherry Pecan Bread

9 02 2010
Cherry Pecan Sourdough

Cherry and Pecan Bread

Well, I never got around to updating this post with everything else last week as I still wasn’t feeling well. Still not 100% back to normal, but no fever finally. But definitely feeling better than last week. One thing I found while making this bread, pecan halves don’t distribute that well in dough, just like sliced almonds. So I’ve changed it to chopped pecans in the recipe. Of course, almonds would also be a good substitute in this recipe, as they go pretty well with cherries too. You can use any kind of cherry you want, different kinds will give a different overall feel to it (sweeter or richer). With the cherries being somewhat large pieces, this one tends more towards the Satsuma bread than the Pear bread. You get less frequent, but stronger hits of the fruit.

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Starter Food

1 04 2007

So I’ve been thinking recently that I’m going to mix up a big thing of multiple flour types, premixed, for starter feeding. Currently, my starter seems to like a mix of whole wheat and white. Since I’m lazy and don’t want to measure them individually anymore, I figure a premixed container would be good.

I think I’m going to experiment though. Keep the same basic ratio I have right now, 2:1 whole wheat to white, but add in small amounts of some other stuff. I’m thinking a little bit each of spelt, millet, teff, and kamut (what I have handy). I figure if people need balanced diets, maybe the starter does too. My hope is also that this will allow the starter to adapt more easily if I want to use alternate flours. We’ll see if it works. I need to get something to put it in first, then figure out a ratio.





Close up…

31 03 2007

Sourdough
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.

One of the boules close up. This is from the starter I will likely be keeping, as it rose better with both loaves. Both of the boules were baked using my pizza stone as a base, with the cloche bell lid over top.





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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