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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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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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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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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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Anadama Bread, sourdough version

23 May 2009
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Anadama Bread, sourdough version

Anadama Bread is the first recipe in Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and therefore the first recipe being tackled by those participating in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. Quite a few of those participating are already onto their second recipe, some on to their third, so I’m behind already, and I just got...
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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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A sourdough bread question

18 May 2009
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A sourdough bread question

During my travels through Teh Interwebs, I ran across this article on shaping boules. It’s got useful information and big pictures showing the process, so if you have any questions, it’s well worth looking at. Meanwhile, it led me to a few questions and possible Aha! moments. Let me run this past you. It’s...
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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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Poll: Sammy the Sourdough needs a new name!

20 April 2009
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Poll: Sammy the Sourdough needs a new name!

My first sourdough starter was named Nellie. Nellie as in Little House On The Prairie Nellie Olsen Nellie. Nellie because she was difficult, ornery, whiny, and just a general pain in the buttinski. It wasn’t her fault she was that way – I raised her in a "stainless steel" environment. "Stainless steel" in brackets...
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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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