A choice of bread this morning, soft white bread made with creme fraiche for the toothly challenged one with a series of dental appointments to come and a hybrid sourdough/yeast with a good proportion of Swiss Dark Flour for me. Why the hybrid? It’s what I do when there is a big bowl of perfect starter waiting and it’s late and I don’t want to be baking retarded loaves in the morning. I just add a pinch of yeast, put the little oven on to its lowest temperature of 30 C and move the bread on a bit quicker and that way I can bake it before I go to bed and have a quiet morning. Continue reading →
It’s one of those weeks. A new American pullman tin has found its way into my tin collection and needed to be road tested. I didn’t need this tin, but I wanted it. It was the right size and I had been eyeing them up for a long time. Why no English tin manufacturer produces these for the retail market is completely beyond me.
I also got a banneton with a wooden middle that looks like a Mexican hat. I didn’t need that either, but I really wanted it too. I tried it out and Bakery Bits let me exchange it for a proper couronne basket. This one has too narrow a centre to create a proper hole in a decent sized loaf. Some people spend their money on sensible things, like a night in the pub. I spend mine on banettons, Lego, cookbooks and dogtoys.
It worked beautifully and Brian is happy to have a soft thin crusted white loaf after eating sourdough for weeks. This bread won’t hang around long. Continue reading →