Monday, April 11, 2011

Sour Dough has been abandoned!

Well I have officially given up on making Sour Dough Bread.  No reason or at least not one I wish to discuss.

On a side note, if anyone would like to purchase a brick that has a pleasant sour smell to it, then please contact me.  It is very sturdy and I doubt very much that it will ever break.  Alas it is very heavy so if you wish to purchase it, it may pay to bring someone else with you for pick up, to avoid a back injury.

As you were.....

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sour Dough 2.0 try and try again

Sour Dough kicked my butt once but I will be dammed if it beats me again!  So a few days ago I started small.  Using an old formula scoop I started out, leaving my mixture on the sunny windowsill in my kitchen.

Day 1: One scoop flour, one scoop warm water (stir)
Day 2: One scoop flour, one scoop warm water (stir)
Day 3: Oops
Day 4: Two scoops flour, two scoops warm water (stir)
Day 5: Half a cup flour, half a cup warm water (stir)
Day 6: I drained some of the liquid out that sat on the top then added a cup of flour and a cup of warm water (stir)
Day 7: (Today) Since my mixture was bubbly and lovely and ever so slightly stinky (OK quite stinky but I didn't linger to take it all in), I decided to make me some BREAD.
Playing it by ear I added 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar and 2 cups of flour and realising it was too dry I added some warm water.  I proceeded to knead it for a bit and was surprised that this time it felt right.  So left it on the bench to rise hoping it doesn't get too cold over night (tempted to put it in my little mans room where the heater is due to turn on at 3:30am)  Tomorrow will tell, can I convert this house to a Sour Dough house....... Dun, dun, dun (Play dramatic music here)

Monday, April 4, 2011

My bread making milestone nearly reached

Tomorrow is the day.... One month since I started out on my bread making mission.  I can confirm that I have yet to use brought bread and I have enough bread in the bread container to make it through tomorrow.  I am currently patting myself on the back Whoop Whoop.  Sorry little bit excited here, not often I follow through on something.  Thank you blogging world for pressuring me into finishing, the fear of posting my failure up here helped me make it through those difficult times.  I know I sound like I have conquered a nation or something but no, I just made bread for our family for one month.

Although it has been hugely satisfying, at times it hasn't been easy.  There have been a few evenings when I have noticed my husband having unauthorised  bread (aka I didn't realise he was going to have a sami at night time and I only had just enough bread for breakie).  So I have had to start mixing and kneading away, letting the bread rise overnight to cook in the morning.  Although I did notice my lovely husband did co-operate after all and didn't have toast for breakfast.

Then there was the special Cat Bread.  No special recipe there, just that I leave the bread in the bedroom to puff up, as the sun shines into that room making it lovely and toasty and great for expanding bread.  Thankfully it always has a clean tea towel over it, as I went to check on it and found the cat sitting next to my rising dough.  After hissing the cat away I noticed that each loaf had a lovely cat foot indentation in the top of it.  COME ON CAT YOU DIDN'T NEED TO STAND ON BOTH LOAVES!

Are you going to continue in your bread making adventure you ask?  Well yes I think I will.  Apart from the fact that we all love it, I am actually enjoying the process.  Not sure how easy it will be in the winter the the house all cold.  Might just have to invite the dough into the lounge where we are to stay nice and warm.  Then finish proofing it in the oven.

i am still determined to conquer Sour Dough Bread, I have another batch festering away now, although I admit I did forget to feed it yesterday.  But on the bright side I remembered to feed the kids so all is good, rather the Sour Dough starve than my kids.
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