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My favorite salad is spring greens, blue cheese, walnuts, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And alongside this salad, I like to eat a crusty piece of sourdough bread.

Here is a new sourdough bread — one where the walnuts and blue cheese of my favorite salad are IN the bread.

I also plan to toast and butter this Blue Cheese Walnut Bread. (I admit to buttering bread and crackers before putting blue cheese on them, so this eliminates a step.)

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Inspired by the pictures and instructions of @antiguaartisan on Instagram and also using the guidance of this blog http://www.beetsandbones.com/homemade-kefir-cultured-butter/ I made cultured kefir butter.

Why?

Mostly to see if I could, and I love a good taste test.

This process supposedly creates diacetyl, an aroma compound that is quintessential “butter” and gets used a lot in commercial popcorn.

And finally, to get some of the supposed health benefits from the lactic acid-producing bacteria involved in this process: better digestion and immune system strengthening.

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Trader Joe’s was almost giving away avocados and butternut squash this week – $1 and $1.99 respectively. So in addition to making guacamole three days in a row, I decided to make two loaves of Butternut Squash Sourdough. I substituted one cup of flour for one cup of butternut squash, and I drastically reduced the water in the recipe.

The result was a tasty and wet bread. Super with butter or shaved and slightly melted pecorino romano cheese.

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Autolysing is hydrating flour, usually before adding salt and yeast/starter. It allows gluten strands to develop and can in theory produce an easier to handle dough, and a tastier bread with better texture.

But is the autolyse stage beneficial or necessary, particular with the long ferments of Sourdough? I attempted a science experiment to find out.

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#Homemade peach-apple #pie Overproofed because of my hot house and the distraction of pickling jalapeƱos (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 šŸ˜  #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. JalapeƱos, 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 Camera focus, canine focus #sourdog #hopefuldog #sourdoughbread

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Because a guy has to keep his chops sharp

Agatha Chocolats

Mystery Writer & Chocolate Enthusiast

GreenCooking

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

Breadtopia

baking and writing ~ a few of my favorite things

Sharing Plate

baking and writing ~ a few of my favorite things

Cooking without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

GoanImports.com

Learn about Goa Culture, Foods and Recipes

Life as I interpret it

When there is family, there is life, there is love. Live and Love well.

Steve Clapp

Author, Photographer