bread blog

Posted by marshal on February 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Let’s agree at the start that I am a bad blogger. It’s not that I don’t want to blog; it’s just that I get involved in other things and forget to write something. The last time that I wrote something to this site, I promised to add to the blog every Thursday, which seemed like a do-able thing. How wrong that was! However, I have this thing and I really should use it, so I am going to chronicle my travails with making sourdough bread. Not just any sourdough bread, however. I already do that on a bi-weekly basis. In fact, sourdough bread is the only bread I eat now days. No, what I am working on is various historic breads, but using only preferment starters and no modern yeasts. To that end, I have captured two wild yeasts inside my kitchen. I suppose I should be concerned that I harvested the yeasts under the plants on the table we use for dinner, but I also realize that yeasts are all over the place, not just there. In fact, I suppose I should be comforted that the two starters I have were usable and not something foul that I had to throw away.
Of the two mothers, which is the proper term for the preferment starters, one has a distinct beer smell, while the other smells more like wine. I renew one with white flour only, while I refresh the wine-y one with whole wheat and/or rye flours.
Currently, I am working on a Maslin bread, peasant bread from the Middle Ages, and a Panettone, which is an Italian dessert bread, dating from the 16th century. I will try to chronicle my adventures with these two breads in future blogs. Right now, I am going to close and enjoy a glass of wine after watching the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. See you next time, that is if anyone is reading this.

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