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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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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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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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The easiest dessert I make is #bonappetit #cocoabrownies ... This maybe takes 5 minutes i.e. 1 minute longer than the box stuff, with minor changes to the instructions: microwave the butter in the final mixing bowl, dump in all ingredients, and mix. Then bake in a pan buttered and sprinkled with cocoa powder. No extra pans, bowls, or lining of baking dishes. A little more than half the sugar recommended and most recently, 1/8 cup if tahini. #chocolatedessert #homemadedessert #fastdessert Fed my yeast water an apple and made this bread a few days later. 60% whole grain spelt flour. Total h2o 73%. It fermented 19 hrs in the fridge and 12 hrs at room temp. Final proof was a little over an hour. My husband (home brewer and beer judge) gave me a lesson on the yeast life cycle last night that will inform my write-up of this experience when I get some time. New vocab word: flocculation. Hehehe
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#pandeverdad #naturallyleavened #levaduranatural #wildyeasts #slowfood #fermentedfoods #organic #bioavailability #ancientgrains #wholegrain #originalrecipe #artisanbread #realbread #homebaker #homemade #breadtopia  #breadbosses #instafood #igfood #foodpics #foodphotography #thebakefeed #crumbshot #breadcatalog Vanilla yogurt, butternut squash, walnuts and cinnamon. You know how fresh fruit can sweeten plain yogurt? Today I realized that squash can "unsweeten" vanilla yogurt, making a great balance of flavors.  #butternutsquash #leftovercreations Sourdough English Muffins_draft1. I've got lots to edit in this recipe, but a dystopian sci fi romance manuscript needs my attention first. 
#englishmuffins #recipedevelopment #sourdough #lievitomadre #masamadre #levain #surdeg #eksimaya #pandeverdad #naturallyleavened #slowfood #fermentedfoods  #wholegrain #originalrecipe #artisanbread #realbread #homebaker #homemade #feedfeed #breadbosses #instafood #igfood #foodpics #foodphotography #thebakefeed #breadart #crumbshot #breadcatalog #breadtopia For #worldbreadday2017 here is my first wild yeast water bread. Leavened with the water in the jar of dates from my previous post. I learned the process from the message board of Breadtopia.com #blisters #worldbreadday #diamundialdelpan #pandeverdad #naturallyleavened #wildyeasts #slowfood #levaduranatural #fermentedfoods #originalrecipe #artisanbread #realbread #homebaker #homemade #breadtopia #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #breadbosses #instafood #igfood #foodpics #foodphotography #thebakefeed #breadart #breadcatalog <<What's mom doing now?>>
<<She's rotting things in jars.>>
I'm making yeast water for bread baking actually. The raisins in the right are no good. They were conventional raisins treated with sulfer dioxide to prevent discoloration, and they're not giving off wild yeasts. The dates on the left, however non-organic, had no other ingredients on the package apart from dried dates, and they're making a nice fizzy yeast water. Just a few more days! #wildyeasts #fermentedfoods #foodscience #breadexperiments

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