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

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

Sesame Honey Wheat Loaf

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I wanted to make something a little different from the two loaves I make all the time (crusty semolina and pain au levain with mixed sour dough starters) so I went looking in my cookbooks.  This recipe fits the bill in that it includes butter and honey.  It is amazing what a difference these small additions make – the crust and crumb are both soft.  The end result is much like a sandwich loaf.  This loaf also has sesame seeds mixed into the dough and sprinkled on top. Continue reading

A New Stage …

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No, it is not a Vegemite stage.  I was merely trying to brighten a photo of a loaf of bread and thought the yellow of the Vegemite jar would do the trick.  That was until I saw the photo and realised it looks like an ad for Vegemite.  Oh, well…

Back to my new stage.  I regularly go through stages. They keep life new and exciting.  My new enthusiasm is for a high-fibre diet.  I have been through a high-fibre diet phase before (I even have a cookbook called Natural Fibre Cooking) but that was many years ago when I was young and enthusiastic for all things alternative.  This stage is a result of watching the last two episodes of Catalyst.  For those who don’t know, Catalyst is a TV program on the ABC. Continue reading