A refreshing sourdough recipe to try this summer, or whenever you want a nutritious and unique bread.

My kids loved this bread, although only one of them actually likes quinoa as a dish. In fact, my daughter suggested I write:

“Step into summer with this citrus and mint sourdough bread…and leave out the gross quinoa if you want. By the way, we grow mint along our driveway, so come on over and get some.”

She’s a natural writer.

In all seriousness, sprouting quinoa makes it taste a little sweeter, and the lemon zest and mint turn the bread into a gourmet salad that you can top with crumbled feta or goat cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheese sourdough breads are a favorite in my house, and I’ve made them many different ways, using many forms of cheese. My husband likes shredded cheese that is diffused throughout the crumb. My daughter likes big chunks that burn on the crust. My older son just loves it any way, and my younger son doesn’t like cheese inside bread (gasp!?).

In this Durum Herb Cheese Bread blog post I wrote for Breadtopia, I outline several was to add cheese and herbs, and show pictures of the resulting crumb they produce.

Below is my recipe for Cheddar Chive Thyme Sourdough Bread where the cheese and herbs are added after the bulk fermentation. Read the rest of this entry »

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In faint gray letters, that says 49 beats per minute.

A fit person’s resting heart rate. Mine.

I didn’t always have that. In my late twenties and much of my thirties, I was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia and lung bleeds. I couldn’t get up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I rationed my activity, wanting to do things like play in the snow with my kids, but having setbacks if I dared too much.

Nowadays, I can walk my dog, go to a dance class, edit all day, and then take a train into the city to meet a friend for a late dinner — and not have a lung infection flare up. Anyone who knows chronic illness understands that a single one of those activities might result in payback later, so to do all is akin to a miracle. Read the rest of this entry »

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From the focus of my blog, it’s clear that I gluten — obviously I’ve no allergy, and I’ve learned that fermenting it makes it better for your digestive system and the nutrients in wheat more accessible to your body. Moreover, whole/ancient/heirloom grains have a ton of fiber which is great for blood sugar management, lipid profile, satiety etc.

Nonetheless I was so excited to work on a GLUTEN FREE BREAD RECIPE that was just published by Breadtopia. My daughter has a friend with celiacs, and now she won’t have to bring a bag of special food next time she sleeps over.

Moreover, even though I can eat gluten 24/7, I’ve chosen to make this bread over and over, because I like it, especially with cultured butter, a little honey, and a banana on the side. This is now my #1 breakfast on a rock climbing day.

This bread is really easy to make. It’s a good intro to fermentation for newbies, and buckwheat and flax seeds are crazy healthy.

 

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I’ve been working on this recipe ever since I googled “lemon bars” a year ago! Believe me that no one in my house has suffered from this recipe “work.”

The original recipe I made, found here, yields a pretty bar that has too little lemon curd for the thick crust, and is not lemony enough.

Here’s my Best Lemon Bar recipe. It’s easy to make. There are few steps, ingredients that are in every pantry, a measurable amount of lemon juice (vs. the imprecise “juice of X lemons”) and most important, it has a good ratio of tart lemon to buttery crust. Read the rest of this entry »

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I contributed a new recipe to Breadtopia for a durum wheat, herb, garlic and provolone cheese sourdough bread. I had a great time developing it, including an uh-duh moment of realizing that folding dough around large slices of cheese was going to make for a strange crumb structure because dough can’t reconnect through a big circle of cheese. (It was fun to tear apart and eat.)

That technique didn’t make the final cut, but I included a picture of it and other versions of the recipe at the end of the blog. See the final recipe I decided on and all the pics here on the Breadtopia blog.

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Last weekend, I spoke about my dad’s book, Fixing the Food System: Changing How We Produce and Consume Food.

I discussed what the book meant to my dad in the context of his career as a food policy journalist. My stepmom spoke about poverty, hunger and nutrition advocacy in the past; and a friend of my dad’s spoke about the path to solutions today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emmer wheat was eaten by humans as early as 17,000 BC, when it was gathered rather than cultivated. It has fewer chromosomes than typical consumer wheat and less gluten.

I contributed this recipe for emmer bread to Breadtopia. Check it out and also more research on the grain.

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Have you ever craved something you’ve never heard of or seen? That’s what happened with this Coconut Rice Chocolate Sourdough.

I yearned it into existence and it took a few tries. There was a delicious but damp loaf, a pretty but dry boule and then, finally, moist perfection that used an entire can of coconut milk.

I suggest you start it early one morning with warmed-up leftover rice, and bake it the following morning for breakfast. Cutting into hot chocolate chips is messy but delicious!

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Today I’m a guest blogger at Breadtopia, the popular bread baking website and community where I’ve learned so much about sourdough baking techniques and how to handle different grains.

I’ve shared a recipe I developed from a yearning for Thanksgiving in spring – a Savory Stuffing Sourdough Bread with the health benefits of natural leaven and whole wheat, and the flavors of sage, thyme, celery, garlic, onion, and cranberries.

Please check out the blog and leave a comment. Of course, give the recipe a try too!

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Sourdough sandwich loaf, 50% whole grain einkorn and 50% AP flour. Kefir milk instead of milk powder. 7 hr bulk; 2 hr proof. Room temp in mid 70s.
#sourdoughbread #sourdoughsandwichbread #naturallyleavened #pandeverdad #realbread #einkornflour #ancientgrains #masamadre #Homemade peach-apple #pie Overproofed because of my hot house and the distraction of pickling jalapeños (see previous photo in feed), but check out the crust - nom nom! Proofing basket setup in the second photo. I'm kinda psyched I thought of this 😁  #sourdough #leivitomadre #masamadre #levain #surdeg #desem #naturallyleavened #wildyeasts #slowfood #fermentedfoods #organic #bioavailability #kamut #khorasanwheat #originalrecipe #artisanbread #realbread #homebaker #homemade #thyme #wholegrains My nachos and sandwiches will be in color again. Jalapeños, garlic & coriander, cumin and mustard seeds #pickledjalapenos I contributed a blog post to @Breadtopia comparing the feel and results from working with three different ratios of whole grain Kamut flour to bread flour. This photo is the 40% whole grain Kamut loaf. Learn more via their profile. I also wrote up a bunch about the history and nutritional aspects of Kamut. #breadnerd #grainhistory 
#sourdough #leivitomadre #masamadre #levain #surdeg #desem #naturallyleavened #wildyeasts #slowfood #fermentedfoods #organic #kamut #khorasan #minerals #artisanbread #homebaker #homemade #breadsofinstagram Happy Father's Day "The Perfect Blondie" for my perfect blondie ;) #felicitycloake #felicitycloakerecipe #guardian #blondie #homemadedessert #felicitycloakeperfectblondie

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Agatha Chocolats

Mystery Writer & Chocolate Enthusiast

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An 18 year old who is keen in creating new, exciting food

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baking and writing ~ a few of my favorite things

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Steve Clapp

Author, Photographer