Pane Siciliano

23 07 2009
Pane Siciliano

Pane Siciliano

Kind of jumping around the book, partially due to requests for certain items, the next bread in my lineup is Pane Siciliano. A rather unique shape and the inclusion of semolina flour set Pane Siciliano apart from some of the other plain Italian breads. I always enjoy working with semolina, it just has such an interesting texture whether you’re making pasta or bread. For a preferment this bread uses a pate fermente, pretty much regular bread dough (even including salt.) Read the rest of this entry »





Been a while…

23 07 2009
Brotform shaped Panmarino

Panmarino

Haven’t made any sourdough in quite sometime, nor baking as much as I’d like but I’ve decided to join in on the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. So far I’ve made Panmarino (Potato Rosemary bread) and cinnamon rolls (as well as cinnamon rolls from Peter Reinhart’s other book, Whole Grain Breads).

The panmarino was meant to have a bit of an experiment in it, I wanted to mix one batch by hand and one with a mixer. That got sidetracked when I didn’t have measuring spoons or a scale at my girlfriend’s house and the salt/yeast quantities ended up different. I also baked some of them a bit too long, but now I know for next time. Read the rest of this entry »





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.





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.








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