What’s cooking in our kitchen, Christmas 2011!

December has been an absolutely fantastic month for baking. Using techniques I learned in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, I’ve made many, many loaves of bread. Bread for home, bread for gifts, bread for parties… I’m sure you get the idea 🙂
Basket of bread baked by Ken
In most of the bread I baked, I modified the recipe to use my sourdough starter. Since my starter is not always the same hydration (yep shame on me!) I pretty much eyeball it to get the right consistency, once I got the hang of what the dough should look like, it’s been working out fine. I’ve also tried out their brioche recipe and it’s been great. I’ve made brioche with chocolate ganache as shown here:
Brioche with Chocolate Ganache by Ken
We’re having fun, eating a lot of wonderful bread, and I’m learning a lot while doing it. I highly recommend the book. It’s not expensive and you can get it here:

A very good day for bread making.

Today I had a little break, and caught up from work took a little time to relax, and get inspired watching King of Baking Kim Tak Goo a Korean drama which takes place in the world of bread baking 🙂

I was trying a King Arthur recipe (love their products) and it really looked much nicer today. No flat loaves! Inspired by the show I wanted to do it all by hand and feel the dough in my fingers and get a better feel for how wet or dry my dough was. It turned out that it really helped and as I had suspected my other loaves needed a bit more flour.

I was happy as I was rewarded with a much better rise, a much fluffier dough, and ultimately three loaves of very tasty bread.

Three loaves. Onion & Sea Salt, Garlic & Salt, and Pesto. Each brushed on the top with egg yolk wash.

The recipe, for me, made great texture, but because it utilized 2 teaspoons of commercial yeast, it wasn’t very sour. I am considering experimenting with it and forgoing the commercial yeast and opting for an overnight rise instead (if that works).

Baked a loaf of Jalapeno Asiago Sourdough Bread today.

I am still working on improving my bread skills and my week works out to baking, spending a few days eating the bread, then a couple days to ‘rest” (I don’t want to burn out the family on bread, as we’re not huge bread eaters), and then I experiment with another loaf.

Today, I made a loaf of Jalapeno Asiago Sourdough using the sourdough starter that I’ve been working on and my Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker.

What I did was take my homemade sourdough starter out of the refrigerator last night and bring it to room temperature. Then I fed it, making sure it was active. Continue reading

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