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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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 »

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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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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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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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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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Basking in the sun before going in the freezer #kidseateverythinginsight They're very good, but I prefer the classic recipe on the back of the #nestletollhouse chocolate chip bag. These are the #saltedbuttershortbread #chocolatechipcookies of @alisonroman which food blogger @horneandoalgo asked bakers to comment on today, Feb 20. She'll later publish the collected opinions. I also prefer the classic recipe over the giant crinkled panbanging chocolate chip cookies #galletitas #develandoelmisterio Whole grain turkey red and hard white wheats, 85% h2o. 
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