Friday, August 11, 2006

Basic Sourdough


Friday, August 11, 2006
My first sourdough starter seemed to have gone defunct, so I had to start a new one--my second New Zealand starter. I hope that this one lasts long enough to see me through the remaining two sourdoughs. I'd forgotten how long sourdough bread takes to make. I started it on Monday, and baked it this morning (Friday). I have kind of a love-hate relationship with sourdough. It's unpredictable and unreliable and it takes forever, but it does make a fine loaf of bread. Jim just got back from a week in Washington D.C. this afternoon and was greeted by this sourdough, just waiting for him to take pictures of it. He obliged, and we ate a few slices with wine before dinner. Then, as long as we had bread, we decided that it might as well be dinner, so I cooked some bacon, sliced a lovely heirloom tomato, got out some lettuce, and we had BLT's that were as good as the bread.
I think my oven has somehow guessed that I'm about to get rid of it, because it's browning too much on the bottom and not enough on the top. But the kitchen remodel is still months away, so this one has to see me through for another 29 loaves. I'll do some experimenting with my weekend breads.

4 comments:

abbey said...

First off, let me say that I looove this blog! I too bake out of the BB and it's interesting to see your take on the things I have made, too.
If you have a problem with things browning too much on the bottom and not enough on the top, why not move your oven rack up a notch? If that doesn't work, then double panning your bread will at least keep it from getting too brown on the bottom. (This technique also works well for high-protein, high-sugar breads such as challah which tend to brown too much on the bottom for my taste.)
When you're done with the BB, you must get The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart and bake through that. I have made many things out of the BBA which are really popular with the farmers' market crowd I bake for. And, lest I forget, Cookwise by Shirley Corriher--yum yum. I have so many people who buy several loaves at a time of her Mighty Multigrain. If you haven't made Touch of Grace Biscuits yet (in Cookwise and the BB), you're missing out. They are to die for.

breadbasketcase said...

Abbey,
Thanks for your advice. I hadn't had problems before with the bread getting too brown on the bottom, and it didn't happen with the breads I made today. Just an oven glitch, I guess. I looked at Peter Reinhart's book, and it scared me, but I may be up to it now.

pinknest said...

sourdough is probably my favorite bread! looks divine.

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