Baking Day!!

Today’s the day! The first time I’ve baked this much bread in both variety and volume in a single day. GOAL: 8 Sourdough Batard and Boule loaves 24 Sourdough Croissants 12 Pain Au Chocolat sourdough croissants 10 sourdough Baguettes This is going to be quite the undertaking. Not only am I trying to juggle theContinue reading “Baking Day!!”

Sourdough Croissants – Scaling Up

In previous posts I mentioned that I’m experimenting with “scaling up”. I’m exploring the “ What has to be true for THAT to be true?” question I constantly ask myself when working through problems. In this particular instance I’m wondering about ramping up croissant baking. Today’s experiment is covering a number of things: First, I’mContinue reading “Sourdough Croissants – Scaling Up”

What a difference a year makes!

I was reminded this morning about how change and progress does take time. You may not see the progress from day-to-day or even week by week. However, if you persist and apply change does happen. My reminder was in the form of a “Memory” from a year ago on Facebook. The memory was of aContinue reading “What a difference a year makes!”

Sourdough Croissants – Lamination Experiment

I’ve been struggling with my results for my honeycomb structure. The results I’m getting aren’t quite what I picture in my mind. That said, I know that many factors are at play and any one (or combination of them) can affect the end result. I have previously experimented with my technique for lock-in/lamination, length ofContinue reading “Sourdough Croissants – Lamination Experiment”

2X Baked Almond Croissants (Updated)

My sister-in-law requested I make the twice-baked almond croissants for when they came to visit. My last two attempts had been OK. However, I’ve been disappointed with how the almond cream survived (or in my case didn’t) the second bake. Time to experiment! My croissants that I baked this time were some of the bestContinue reading “2X Baked Almond Croissants (Updated)”

Trying Different Dough

As you may be aware, I’m on a quest to perfect sourdough bread, croissants et al. I know I’ll never “arrive”… it’s a journey; however, I’d like to get closer. What has continued to vex me is my crumb honeycomb. For the life of me I can’t seem to replicate so me of the beautifulContinue reading “Trying Different Dough”

Savory Sourdough Pastries

Trying savory sourdough pastries. I’d never made some before so I thought I’d give it a go! I used my standard laminated dough recipe and method up to the point of cutting/shaping. I cut eight rectangles, cut holes out of four and then stacked. In hindsight I could have let rise a bit more (seeContinue reading “Savory Sourdough Pastries”

Twice-baked Sourdough Almond Croissants

First attempt at making twice-baked Almond Croissants. I got the idea, recipe (below) and method from my All About Croissant book. It’s the croissant featured at the very top of the cover. Mine looked similar. I didn’t have enough almond flour (powder) to make the full almond cream recipe (nor did I have enough croissants!).Continue reading “Twice-baked Sourdough Almond Croissants”

Using Leftover Laminated Dough

“Heaven forbid there should ever be such things!” you cry! For the record I did too. I hated going to all this effort making laminated dough only to cut my croissants and have some scrap. Aggghhh! Total foul!! I’d think. Well, my solution of late is to roll the scrap pieces together and put themContinue reading “Using Leftover Laminated Dough”