What happens when – somehow – the oven timer doesn’t go off and your sourdough bakes for twice as long as it should? You might be surprised…I was!Continue reading “Sourdough Tales: Overbaked But Not Ruined”
Who doesn’t love a hot, fresh, and easy-to-make biscuit? And I’m not talking about ones that come out of a tube. You can make these biscuits from scratch, no special equipment needed…not even a biscuit cutter! And they’re made with sourdough, so that extra starter you’ve been thinking about pouring off can be put to work instead of wasted. Sound good? Read on!Continue reading “Bake This: “Discard” Starter Sourdough Biscuits”
If you’ve followed us or just taken a look around, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that this blog is replete with posts about fermentation. I ferment things, different things, and often. But I’m not the only fermenter in the family!
Right before we go out to do morning chores, we have a quick snack. Today, it was fresh, thick-sliced homemade sourdough toast with grass fed butter and wildcrafted jelly. There’s nothing like homemade to start the day right!
We recently made a sourdough loaf with half wheat and half barley flour, and it was fantastic. Our next experimental loaf? Buckwheat!
Winter often means fewer eggs, so vegan recipes are especially welcome. Despite the fact that most people think of challah as a very eggy bread, it can be eggless and delicious…thanks to an ingredient that could be considered “waste”!
You probably already know that sourdough bread is delicious, but did you also know about its health benefits? We love our homemade sourdough with wheat and rye flours…and, now, with barley flour!
There’s something particularly alluring about a crusty brown loaf, especially if it’s fresh out of the oven and filling the kitchen with its seductive fragrance. It whispers softly, insistently, “come cut a piece”. I know it’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, and it’s all I can do to keep my hands off until it cools. Bread porn? Perhaps, but when Audrey makes a rye loaf, it’s irresistible.
I’ve previously posted about making the wonderful fermented tonic beet kvass, and continue to make it regularly. Some time ago, while researching different types of “kvass”, I discovered that the origin of the drink is an Eastern European ferment that uses bread – specifically, rye bread – as starter for the ferment. It just so happened that there was some “extra” sourdough rye sitting around, so I started some traditional bread-based kvas.
It’s ‘booch harvest day, and three gorgeous bottles of the good stuff are sitting quietly on a shelf on the fermentation station, working their second ferment magic. Sometimes I have to take a step back and marvel at the various ferments in different stages – I am, after all, a microbe farmer (mad scientist?), too.