Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We had to get away for a couple of days to recharge. Tyree and I spent Thursday and Friday soaking in the tubs at
Here are a couple of pics from the
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
In my quest for a decent loaf of home baked bread, I bring you Trial II.
I determined problem #1 with the last batch was the ambient temperature of the starter and dough....my solution? A heating pad. I placed the bowl of starter on a heating pad set at medium and the next morning it was really happy. I did the same thing with last night's dough with good results. We keep our house col at night because we both sleep better that way. The dough didn't like it.
My first dough was also too moist. We fixed that as well. So first I bring you a stock photo of what pain de campagne should look like:
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I followed The Village Baker's recipe for Pain de Campagne, from the first step. The last rise was not as successful as I'd hoped for, I think, three reasons: the dough was too moist, the temperature of the house was too low, and I'd added a little too much salt. Also, I managed to get the whole loaf stuck to the surface I was rising it on. I got frustrated and ripped it off and baked it, torn side up. The starter that I'd set aside from this batch doubled in size immediately, a good sign, so I'm going to try again for another loaf tomorrow.