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Roasting vegetables on the stove

11 September 2009
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Roasting vegetables on the stove

I live in a tropical country. It’s always hot. So, if there’s a tiny amount of something to be baked, I tend to do it on top of the stove – it saves on the amount of heat that gets released into the kitchen, which saves on me sweating to death, and it also...
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On Autolyse in Bread Making

8 September 2009
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On Autolyse in Bread Making

I have a lot to learn about bread baking and, more specifically, sourdough bread baking. One thing I learned about a while ago is autolyse. Autolyse is a fancy word for the stage in the bread-making process where you combine the flour with the liquids (water, milk, etc.) and then let it rest for...
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The Wild Yeast Version of Peter Reinhart’s Poolish Ciabatta

11 July 2009
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The Wild Yeast Version of Peter Reinhart’s Poolish Ciabatta

Ciabatta is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, and I’d been looking forward to making Peter Reinhart’s version from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice for a while. I’d made a couple of others but wasn’t impressed with the results, so wanted to see how this version would turn out. Plus...
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BBA Breads

7 July 2009
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BBA Breads

Over at Pinch My Salt, Nicole has posted a list of all the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge breads, in order. And she’s adding links to each bread as she posts the entry for each. Great idea! I have a hard time keeping track of, well, all sorts of things, and this will help! So...
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Peter Reinhart’s Stretch & Fold Technique

6 July 2009
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Found this video on, where else, but YouTube, showing Peter Reinhart demonstrating his stretch and fold technique. I find watching these videos really helps. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a video worth? 🙂
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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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Shaping sourdough loaves

17 June 2009
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Here’s another video on shaping loaves. This one demonstrates shaping two French-type loaves and one boule, and the lady who’s demonstrating it, Natalie Greenway, makes it look so incredibly easy. At times, her fingers fly too fast and it’s difficult to see exactly what she’s doing, but with practice and effort, I ought to...
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Shaping a baguette

16 June 2009
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If you’re like me and having trouble shaping your breads, it might be time to turn to YouTube. Oddly enough, as it might seem to those of you who live in countries with fast Internet, I don’t watch a lot of YouTube videos. Never have. Here, they take too long to download and who...
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More sourdough starter is a good thing, right?

15 June 2009
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More sourdough starter is a good thing, right?

  It’ll make the bread dough rise faster, right? Right? Uh, no. Not necessarily. Uhn uhn. This all started with my wild yeast (aka sourdough or natural leaven) cinnamon buns. They took forever to rise. Forever being, oh, say, 8-10 hours at 30-35C for a first rise and another 12-14 hours for a second...
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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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