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Sourdough Simit

Sourdough Simit

April 25th, 2013  | Category: Bread


I have a friend who doesn't know what a sourdough starter is. Worrying, to say the least. What's even more worrying is that she still ordered it and when it arrived, asked me to guide her through "a quick recipe" on the phone. "I have an hour before my boyfriend arrives and I want to surprise him with a homemade bread," she naively begged. Where do I start? Tartine's ...

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Tartine’s Basic Country Bread

Tartine’s Basic Country Bread

March 06th, 2012  | Category: Bread


It could have risen a bit more. It should have had a more open crumb. And the "ears" would have definitely been more pronounced if I had scored the dough with a razor instead. But still, I can't believe this bread came out of my oven. Thanks to Chad Robertson and his detailed recipe, Tartine Bakery's Basic Country Bread, in his book "Tartine Bread", I baked the most ...

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Sourdough Starter – Day 9

Sourdough Starter – Day 9

February 01st, 2012  | Category: Bread


The sourdough starter is ready at last! Remember how it rose yesterday? Looks like it rose almost twice as much after the last feeding. The napkin on top kept it from overflowing... Almost. A teaspoon of it has found its way, but the rest is fine.

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Sourdough Starter – Day 8

Sourdough Starter – Day 8

January 30th, 2012  | Category: Bread


Look at that! Very exciting. There's quite a significant rise today. The sourdough starter rose by approximately an inch and a half. If I get a similar result tomorrow, I'll bake my first sourdough bread.

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Sourdough Starter – Day 7

Sourdough Starter – Day 7

January 29th, 2012  | Category: Bread


Yet another uneventful day. The sourdough starter looks pretty much the same as yesterday. The starter has to ferment predictably (rising and falling after each feeding) before preparing the leaven. Needless to say, this much of rise is not enough.

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