Wholemeal sourdough loaf

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I made this bread ages ago.  At the time, I decided to post the recipe but I never got around to it.  I decided to because I don’t have a wholemeal sourdough post and I feel that means my Sourdough category is lacking.  I know there are a few people out there who make their sourdough bread using my technique and I wouldn’t want them to go elsewhere looking for a recipe. 🙂 Continue reading

Chestnut flour bread

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Remember my chestnut flour?

At the time, I made some bread but the resultant loaves were a bit dense so I refrained from writing a post.  I did promise, though, when I made another batch, if it was better, I would write a post.  Well, I made another batch and it was equally dense but I have decided to write a post anyway. Continue reading

Hot cross buns

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I am sorry there is no crumb shot.  We haven’t eaten the buns yet, they are for tomorrow.  I am a stickler for tradition.  Hot cross buns can only be eaten on Good Friday.  This is not on religious grounds (those who know me know I missed out on the religious gene) but as a protest against supermarkets putting hot cross buns on their shelves just after Christmas. Continue reading

Quinoa spelt sourdough

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I haven’t been baking much bread lately.  We don’t seem to eat as much in summer as we do in winter but, the other day, I noticed Maus hogging into some white commercial bread I bought for the stuffing of our Christmas turkey.  The sight made me feel guilty so I resolved to make some bread for her.   Out came the starters. Continue reading

Sourdough baguettes

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I was inspired to make sourdough baguettes after reading a post by Debi at My Kitchen Witch.  Debi was making Fig, Caramalised Onion & Goat Cheese Crostini.  First step was to make the baguettes.  Debi gave a recipe for sourdough baguettes.  At the time, I was going through a baguette-making stage.  I usually make mine with commercial yeast.  The baguettes are ok, but nothing special, so I decided to give Debi’s recipe a go.

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Pane Accavallato di Altamura

 

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Not bad except for the shaping.

The above photo is my sixth attempt at Pane Accavallato di Altamura (overlapped bread from Altamura) and, I am glad to say, it is my best to date.  The worst thing about this loaf is the shaping and I blame Carol Field for that.  I blame her for a lot of other things but that will come later.

This month, The Cookbook Guru is showcasing the book, The Italian Baker, by Carol Field.  As I didn’t have the book, I put it on my birthday list and my sister, Vickie, bought it for me.  Thanks Vick. Continue reading

Pumpkin sourdough loaf

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I showcased this loaf in my latest IMK post.  As I mentioned in that post, I always make the same recipe (this one) but, the other day, decided to make an effort and try something new.  And with all those pumpkins lying around, a pumpkin loaf seemed logical.

I must say, I was pretty happy with the loaf when I took it out of the oven but, at the time of writing my IMK post, I hadn’t cut the bread and tasted it.  The loaf was well risen and a delightful colour.  It verged on warranting the description, ‘beautiful’. Continue reading