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Cranberry Walnut Sourdough Bread

I write recipe notes in spiral notebooks, and I’ve just filled up my second notebook since becoming a bread baker. I keep coming back to some of the recipes, such as this one, which I make for a friend who loves bread with cranberries and walnuts, as well as a hefty portion of whole grain flour vs. white flour. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve always preferred a damp rich banana bread, and so I usually double, triple and even quadruple the recommended bananas. When I have brown bananas, I just put them in the freezer, and eventually, I have a lot of bananas.

These days I also have a lot of sourdough starter, so I’ve found a way to incorporate it into my banana bread. I also explain how to make this recipe without sourdough starter. Read the rest of this entry »

Even since I made my first loaf of bread, my kids have been asking for three things: bagels, croissants, and donuts. Ugh. All three intimidate me, between the lye for the bagels, the laminated croissant dough, and boiling oil for the donuts.

Nonetheless, when food blogger @horneandoalgo recently asked me if I had ever made sourdough donuts, I started googling and then got inspired to give it a go.

Here are some tips from my experience using the recipe of @mydailysourdoughbread and below are my photos (warning: my donuts are funny shaped), plus my own recipe/instructions for making white and dark chocolate cream filling.

EDITED: I added at the end of this blog my donut recipe, which combines the recipes of Mydailysourdoughbread and the Bread Ahead cookbook. Starter build, technique, and rum from the former; other ingredient ratios of the latter. 

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I prefer this recipe because it is fluffier, with hints of lemon and rum, and still naturally leavened. 

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Breadtopia recently published a blog that I wrote describing a bread experiment I did and its surprising results. I’ve now repeated the study on a different wheat and had even more unexpected results. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Pizza night is a big deal in my house. We go overboard with topping choices, and get a little competitive about pizza beauty. Ironically, despite all my bread-baking and dough handling, my pizza invariably turns out the ugliest. Tastes amazing though!

This recipe can be multiplied and the size/number of the pizzas can be played with as you see fit. You can also change the ratio of whole grain flour to white flour. Read the rest of this entry »

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I love flatbreads — with bean or lentil based stews and curries, with Za’atar and olive oil, and used in place of flour tortillas for soft tacos. (Unfortunately most store bought flour tortillas have hydrogenated oil.)

I came across this recipe on Instagram and modified it very little. No baking powder needed in my opinion, but yes a dash of salt, and I like a little butter brushed on the bread before flipping. Here is a short YouTube video of naan being flipped on the fry pan.

I’ve used sourdough starter in all states of growth and dormancy, and the naan has come out great. Read the rest of this entry »

 

I’ve always been a fan of kumquats, and I’ve always been a fan of cakes without frosting, so this is a win-win. The kumquats, butter and brown sugar form a caramelized tangy citrus goo on top of the cake, and underneath is a tender olive oil concoction. Read the rest of this entry »

Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know that the skin of fruit had yeast on it that could be harvested and multiplied, and then used to make bread that has hints of fruit flavor, a tender crumb, and all the beauty and science-fun of natural leavening.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Reinhart’s Challah recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

I put Reinhart’s recipe in metric and made very minor adjustments to technique (basically the yeast prep).

Challah is so delicious and addictive. At my kids’ preschool, I learned to tear challah rather than cut it, and that it is acceptable for a kid to answer, “Both!” to the question, “Butter or cream cheese?”

I prefer butter, but plain and squished in your hand while driving is pretty awesome too.

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Empanadas de Guayaba y Queso (Guava and Cheese Empanadas / Hand Pies / Turnovers)

My first time eating these was at the airport in Miami on my way back from visiting family in Buenos Aires. I fell in love. I started serving guava paste with hard cheeses as an appetizer, but didn’t try making pastries until a comedy video on the YouTube Mitú channel led me to a blog called My Big Fat Cuban Family that features Pastelitos de Guavaba y Queso using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets. I was about to drop a box of these in my cart at the grocery store when I read the ingredients and saw hydrogenated cottonseed oil. Back onto the freezer shelf it went. I believe Whole Foods sells puff pastry sheets made with butter only, so someday I may buy them and follow the Cuban Family recipe…or maybe I will learn to make laminated dough myself.

In the meantime, here is my recipe for guava and cheese pastries, empanada style, with pie crust.  Read the rest of this entry »

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#baklava with pistachios and walnuts. My best rendition ever, because in the layering I actually used all the ingredients. (In the past I ended up with unused #phyllodough or butter.) I also figured out how to make triangles. Divide the squares. Duh ☺️😅
Suspended fermentation #kombucha #nofilter
Shaped by many hands, including those of a 6-year-old during yesterday's class. 33% whole grain turkey red. Score blooper in second photo -- I scored the seam-side of the dough because after after 19 hrs cold proof, it was invisible and I thought irrelevant. Haha not. It still busted open on that hidden seam. #sourdoughclass #crumbshot #minibakers
Cheesy sourdough bread bowl inspired by the video of this recipe from @glutenmorgen #sourdough #masamadre #traderjoes #fonduecheese
Bottled kombucha today, 5.5 weeks after brewing the tea (cold house). I've got a new batch going with a robust looking scoby and spring temps in the house now 🌱🔆. I'm also putting the bottles a couple inches from the toaster. Second pic is the new batch pH 3.97 - after adding the scobys and 2 cups of the original kombucha to it. Third pic is of the scobys waiting to go into the new batch. Fourth pic is the pH 3.12 of the kombucha I bottled today. P.S. the pH meter isn't necessary for making kombucha, but since my husband has it in his workshop...fun times with toys #kombucha #fermentation #homemadekombucha #phmeter
I taught a mini sourdough baking class today in my house to a friend and her family. Crazy amount of information to convey about process - how's and why's, and techniques to show and have the students do. Good times though! They went home with bulk fermenting doughs; and I have some shaped doughs to bake. Here's the one I demo'ed on. #breadclass #classybread #sourdough

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