Two new loaves of Sourdough!

20 02 2007

Two new loaves of Sourdough!
Originally uploaded by Sumisu Yoshi.

As promised, here are the pictures. Both of them were made in loaf pans.

The flavor on the one I cut open is definitely more sour, but also somehow more subtle. And the texture isn’t quite as heavy as the last few times I made sourdough.

I used a recipe from the King Arthur Whole Wheat cookbook for these, and was quite happy with it.





Back!

19 02 2007

After sort of…. erm… uh… let me say ‘neglecting’ my starter for a few months (I’m a bad parent, I know). I spent the last few weeks getting it back up to snuff, and it is better than it ever was before!

It can raise itself, and bread, much more quickly. Has a nicer flavor…. Anyway, I made two small (sandwich) loaves of sourdough tonight. I should have pictures tomorrow. I got a a very nice rise, and a beautiful flavor.

I guess my starter likes the abuse? Not sure really. It definitely isn’t sluggish now though, the starter gets about a 3-4x rise in 5 or so hours.





Third Loaf

11 07 2006


Third Loaf

This one was ‘white whole wheat’ flour. It didn’t rise much at all.
This is interesting and surprising because the sponge for this one rose fairly fast, and quite well. The sponges for the all purpose and bread flour loaves barely rose.

Finished this one in the oven as the grill ran out of steam and it was too late to start coals again.

I’m not quite sure I understand the starter though, the whole loving the wheat in the sponge hating it in the dough is confusing to me. Live and learn I guess.





Second Loaf

11 07 2006


Second Loaf

This one is bread flour, the first was all purpose. It seems to have turned out nicely as well.
Don’t know about the crumb or the taste yet as I haven’t cut this one open.
I’ll update when I do.





Sourdough from ‘Cloche’

11 07 2006


Sourdough from ‘Cloche’

This is the first loaf of sourdough from the cloche, sadly I must have had too high of a hydration as it just kind of blobbed out on me and spread, but the cloche did allow the top to get at least a little bit golden. And it had a fair amount of ‘grill spring’ so to speak.

As you can see, the crust is a much better color than the other loaves have been, and a little chewier.

It is also quite yummy!





Poor Man’s Cloche

11 07 2006


Poor Man’s Cloche

This is my poor man’s cloche, a clay bulb pan and saucer and a handle from bolts, nuts, and washers. Testing it for the first time today on the grill.

I think I’ll need to get a shorter bolt as this one ended up being a little too tall, either it pokes up too high, or pokes down too far into the bread… oh well! It worked well for the first loaf…





Tragedy Strikes!

8 07 2006

So, after making the bread yesterday I forgot to shut the vents so the coals would stop burning. Whether it was just that, or wear and tear, my pizza stone broke right in half!

And I bought stuff for my cloche today, but somehow managed to only get one nut that was the right size, the other two were wrong. Well, I’ll get two more tomorrow. And I have a new pizza stone on order already. So I shouldn’t be without bread baking ability too long…








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