Saturday, April 3, 2010


Howdy y'all. I made sourdough, actually a few months ago now. Again from peter reinhart's book. It was sooooooo good. It totally had the sourdough taste and was very moist. I tried to make sure that I added as little extra flour as possible so that the dough was still pretty sticky the whole time. It wasn't hard to deal with though, since I have a kitchenaid. Mmmm so good. People at work liked it too. Unfortunately my starter is in the trash because it was totally unsustainable. So I need to find a new method of maintaining a starter.

Another picture of one of the loaves:

I think next up is bagels, because I'm skipping the pizza doughs.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pain au Levain

Hi! I made pain au levain from peter reinhart's book. This was the first time I used a starter in my bread. I made a starter from scratch. This involved me going through all of the phases laid out in the book. The bread came out good! I don't know if it was worth 2 weeks of trouble to get the starter ready. Not to mention having the starter die twice (and having to restart the starter) before getting it right. Also the starter doesn't seem sustainable. Having to add over 2 cups of flower every 5 days and throwing out the majority of it sounds unrealistic. The bread was good though!

I think the bread did have more flavor than usual. I cut up the bread into pieces and brought it to work:

I split the dough into 2 batches. I probably overcooked the second batch but I kind of like it when it's almost burnt:

And here the second batch is sliced:

Next up, sourdough!

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Hi! I made focaccia last week. Again, it was from this book. The dough is very similar to the dough used to make the ciabatta that I made a few weeks prior. The dough comes out so smooth and feels so good when I have to mess with it.

The process involves putting together the initial dough, stretching it out a bit, and putting it in a ball shape. Then I left it in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 to 3 days. At that point I spread the dough out into a big cookie sheet, and dotted it with my fingers.

The topping I used was a sort of herb oil. All it was was olive oil, red pepper flakes, minced garlic. chili powder, kosher salt and black pepper.

The focaccia was amazing right out of the oven. It was so crispy on top and soft underneath. I brought it into work the next day and it was still good but the top was no longer crispy. People seemed to like it, though.

Next up, pain au levain. My starter is well on its way already! (Sort of.)