New Recipe

I thought I’d try some different loaves using a mix of flours… Why? You ask… Well… I redid my pantry right before Thanksgiving and there was total chaos downstairs as I ripped out the contractor-grade wire shelving. During that process I found some 00 flour I had forgot I had. Then I saw an InstagramContinue reading “New Recipe”

Taking Notes is key…

My baking has slowed down over the past couple of months. Life has twists and turns / ebbs and flows so I’ve dialed back a bit. I’m m still baking weekly; just my experimentation and volume has decreased. So thankful that I’ve taken notes and have enough “reps” that I’m able to be made chContinue reading “Taking Notes is key…”

Creating Desired Dough Temperature (DDT)

Lately I’ve been really paying attention to “desired dough temperature” as a variable in my process. Basically, it is about knowing what temperature you’d like your dough to be to get the peak reaction for whatever you’re trying to accomplish (e.g. bulk proving etc) To get to the desired dough temperature requires knowing the flourContinue reading “Creating Desired Dough Temperature (DDT)”

Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up (Bake Day)

I’m up and getting ready to bake. Not quite “Baker’s Hours” bu close enough. I had to start the coffee manually earlier than it is normally set to go off. Today I’m practicing baking four times since I can only fit two Dutch Ovens in my oven at a time. Pretty much “cottage baking”. AsideContinue reading “Sourdough Bread – Scaling Up (Bake Day)”

Sourdough Croutons

I mentioned making sourdough croutons first before turning them into breadcrumbs from day old bread (in this case my baguettes). Here are some pics of the process for making the croutons I cut the croutons up by slicing the baguettes (or bread) at about a finger width. I then tear the bread apart or useContinue reading “Sourdough Croutons”

Sourdough Breadcrumbs

Made sourdough breadcrumbs from some day-old bread and baguettes. I mentioned that I was going to do this in my last post. Good use of older bread. Process was pretty simple. First make croutons then crush them. Cut up the bread into crouton size pieces. Add a bit of olive oil, sprinkle of salt andContinue reading “Sourdough Breadcrumbs”

Sourdough Baguettes Alternative Part 2

Today is the day to bake baguettes! I’ve been juggling baking schedules in my head since today I’m baking not only these baguettes but sourdough loaves and croissants as well! My morning started out with baking my bread. I’d preloaded my Dutch Ovens and set my oven to preheat this morning. All I had toContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes Alternative Part 2”

Sourdough Baguettes (Part 2)

Baguettes are something iconic and I’ve had a mental hurdle in front of me regarding attempting them. I find that a bit odd since I jumped right into making sourdough croissants! I was inspired watching Chad Robertson the other week. So I bought his book, read up on his baguette journey, recipe and method. NowContinue reading “Sourdough Baguettes (Part 2)”

Aliquot Jar (Continued)

I’m continuing to use an Aliquot Jar to measure my bulk prove timing. I’m getting a feel for what to expect. Being consistent in my method throughout the process is the key. After mixing my dough I get it into my tub and set a 30 minute timer. I cut off about 30g of theContinue reading “Aliquot Jar (Continued)”

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)”