I love bread. No food is more versatile and comes in so many varieties. It is a universal love as well, every country has their own version of bread. The united states has wonder bread, France has the baguette, Ireland has soda bread, Italy has foccacia, Turkey has lavosh, China has steamed buns, Ethiopia has injera and Mexico has tortilla. Not a comprehensive list by any means but you get my drift.
So, I love bread and when I was in culinary school I took two different bread courses, an International bread course and an artisan bread course. I liked them both, the feel of the bread, smell of it baking and especially the tasting when it was done. In the artisan course had to make our own sourdough starter it took about 2 weeks to get it going well enough to use in the class and then we got to keep it when the class was done. I still have mine and I graduated 3 years ago. So every month or so I have a bread day. It’s about the longest you can go without letting the starter get too sour.
I am always looking for good sourdough bread recipes, well just good bread recipes, and I bought a new bread book, ” The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking” from The French Culinary Institute. It has fairly easy directions and beautiful pictures of almost all of the recipes. So on bread day I had enough starter to make 3 different loaves from the book and then my other favorite recipe from King Arthur Flour cookbook: Sourdough English Muffins. They are a little more dense than the normal nook and cranny type muffins, but they are delicious anyway. They have a more interesting flavor than the store-bought muffins. So here are some pictures of bread day. This first loaf is a walnut raisin loaf. It is made in a couche basket in the book, unfortunately this is one piece of equipment that I have not acquired yet, so I improvised and made it in a loaf pan instead. I also made some Pain au Fromage (cheese bread) and Fougasse aux Olives (olive bread in the shape of a leaf) and finally the sourdough english muffins. If you are interested in the recipes leave me a comment and I’ll post it for you.
I’m a wife, mother, pastry chef and amatuer gardner. I travel as much as possible, can what I grow, and taste as many new things as possible.