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Sourdough Challah

4 July 2009
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Sourdough Challah

This is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I haven’t had challah before, nor have I ever seen it. I knew that it was a Jewish traditional bread and a favourite of some Jewish friends, and I knew it was usually braided. And that’s the extent of my knowledge...
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Sourdough Casatiello

20 June 2009
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Sourdough Casatiello

This week’s bread for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is Peter Reinhart’s Casatiello. Which I consistently and unashamedly misspelled and mispronounced. It’s the Italian answer to brioche, but with meat and cheese inside. Or, at least, mostly inside… I halved the recipe and converted it to grams. I replaced the yeast with sourdough starter...
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Peter Reinhart’s Poor Man’s Brioche, Sourdough Version

13 June 2009
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This is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I was looking forward to making brioche since so many people were huge fans, but since I hadn’t had brioche before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I cut the recipe in half, converted to grams, then replaced the yeast...
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Sourdough Bagels 1 – Me 0

6 June 2009
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Sourdough Bagels 1 – Me 0

I’ve never been a bagel person, but given that the only bagels I’ve ever had were from supermarkets or the like in Western Canada, I doubt that I’ve had the best. Perhaps really good bagels will change my mind? No idea, but since bagels were next in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, I was...
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Baker’s Percentages and Bread Hydration

5 June 2009
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Baker’s Percentages and Bread Hydration

This gets to the science behind baking bread. If you can make an excellent loaf of bread that turns out exactly as you want it to without knowing anything about bread hydration and baker’s percentages, great! Me? Not so much. I started reading up on it preciesely because my bread wasn’t turning out the...
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Artos: Greek Celebration Bread (Sourdough Version). Hurrah!

30 May 2009
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Artos: Greek Celebration Bread (Sourdough Version). Hurrah!

This week’s bread in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is called Artos and it’s a Greek celebration bread. It’s a spiced-up bread that’s usually served as a boule with a decorative cross over top. There are variations, such as ones that include fruit and nuts. I initially opted for the plain version and made...
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The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge

22 May 2009
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The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge has begun! It’s all about going through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, beginning to end, and making each bread recipe in order. The goal is to do about one a week, more or less, and learn a lot about making better bread. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice is...
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Lime Cake

19 May 2009
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Lime Cake

I’ve been wanting to try a lime cake for a while. I say lime, not lemon, because lemons are difficult to get here, but limes are easy and something I almost always have in my fridge. Our limes are the key limes which, incidentally, originate from Southeast Asia. I searched for lemon cake recipes...
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63% Hydration Sourdough Bread

16 May 2009
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63% Hydration Sourdough Bread

I’m forever on the hunt for more good bread recipes. It’s a sickness, I tell you. 🙂 So I gave this recipe a try. The author of the original recipe calls it a 63% hydration bread, but really, if I’m going to get nitpicky, and when doesn’t that happen, I’d point out that, with...
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Sourdough Focaccia Bread

22 April 2009
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Sourdough Focaccia Bread

I decided it was time I learned how to make focaccia bread. I’d had it perhaps once before, sometime around a decade ago, and the memory is rather hazy, so I’m not really intimately familiar with the end result I should be aiming for. Ah, yes, the fun. 🙂 But, you know, what else...
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Howdy and welcome to my site! I'm Laurie and I'll be your, er, hostess today. :)

I'm a Canadian expat currently living in Singapore. I'm married to a Sri Lankan and lived in Sri Lanka for nearly a decade. We also lived in New Zealand for half a year.

I cook Sri Lankan curries, sambols, and mallungs. I bake bread using wild yeast (sourdough that isn't sour). I bake on the stove. I experiment with Indian / Malaysian / Indonesian / Thai / whatever cuisines interest me. And I experiment wildly.

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