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Sourdough Bread

 

Hmmm.. crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Hmmm.. crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Having started a sourdough starter about a month ago, I have launched into full scale baking experimentation.  And it’s fun!  I’m not patient enough to have started it from scratch.  I used one of those Goldrush brand yeast strains.  Maybe one day…

 

Anywho.  Here are some of my experiments:

Sourdough loaf with pepper and dried onions

Sourdough loaf with pepper and dried onions

Sourdough rolls with marbled cheddar

Sourdough rolls with marbled cheddar

I used the same basic recipe for both breads, just varied the additions.  I can post the recipe if you’d like, although I have to say that I find that I have been adding a lot of additional flour to get the texture right.  I guess that’s where intuition comes into play.  

I keep my starter in the fridge for most of the week, letting it out for about 12 hours starting Monday night.  Then I feed it and the baby starter that I will be using for my bread.  After about another 12 hours I place it back in the fridge to rest.  I wish I could feed it everyday, but I don’t bake that much and can’t justify using all that flour.  

I am surprised at how different it smells every time I feed it.  Almost like wine one day and stinky cheese the other.  But I guess that’s what’s great about it.  And the bread has always had great flavor so I am not going to attempt to fix something that is not broken.  

( A note to all the bloggers out there… Have you ever noticed that when you have not been reading for a while the tone and depth of your posts changes?? I am having a hard time expressing myself just now because I have been a bad girl and have not indulged my mind very much as of late.)

To close, I also made a great version with Italian herbs and mixed in some sun dried tomatoes before the last rise… Kolby told me it smelled like Subway bread.  Not sure if that’s good or bad, but he said it was amazing.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of that version.

I wonder what I’ll do this week?

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