Sourdough Starter – Day 3

Sourdough Starter – Day 3

January 25th, 2012  | Category: Bread


Quite exciting compared to yesterday! The volume of the sourdough starter increased by almost an inch. It is very bubbly and a dark crust has formed over the top. Smells like stinky cheese. Actually, the smell is so strong that I can't go anywhere near it. This means the culture is very ripe. It is time to do the first feeding.

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Sourdough Starter – Day 2

Sourdough Starter – Day 2

January 24th, 2012  | Category: Bread


This must be the least exciting day of the sourdough adventure. It has been 24 hours since I started making my own sourdough starter. There's a light crust on top. It didn't rise a bit and smells nothing like stinky cheese. I can see signs of life around the edges. The book mentions bubble formation happening after 2-3 days. Is my sourdough starter maturing faster than expected? I'm not sure. ...

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How to Make a Sourdough Starter

How to Make a Sourdough Starter

January 24th, 2012  | Category: Bread


Learning how to make a sourdough starter and maintaining it as long as I can is at the top of my to-do list this year. It takes a lot of time and patience - both of which I'd like to reserve for the book I'm working on - to master the art of sourdough bread, but I just can't get the bread I ate at Tartine Bakery out ...

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Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

October 06th, 2010  | Category: Bread, Breakfast and Brunch


In order to keep up with my busy schedule these days, I pick a day a week and spend half of it prepping food for the rest of the week. I have a supply of homemade tomato sauce in the freezer that can feed an army, so I take a freezer-bag of tomato sauce, a bag of tomato puree - and pesto while I'm at it - ...

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast

Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast

May 11th, 2010  | Category: Bread, Chocolate


Here's what I did with two slices of this bread: Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast. All you need is two slices of homemade bread, two tablespoons of peanut butter, four thick slices of banana and two ounces of bittersweet chocolate. The trick is to roughly chop some of the chocolate and shave the rest very finely. The shaved chocolate melts completely and the large pieces remain ...

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