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White Loaf Au Levain

White Loaf Au Levain

White Loaf Au Levain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great sandwich bread and was based on a classic white loaf I have been making for some time. It has a really soft crumb and crust and this loaf had a really open crumb due to 20 hour refrigeration before baking. I had some time issues!

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Welcome to my world!

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite glass of wine and we’ll take a journey. We may even find a wizard or two!  We’ll make some stops along the way, taking in the sights, smells and tastes. All the simple pleasures of life.  It should be fun!

Hold on to your wine glass it could be bumpy to start!

Gift Ideas For Everyday!

 

Gift List

(these are in no specific order)

1.  Bamboo Bread Bag

2.  Carved Wood Bowls

3.The First Celebrity Chef, “The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer  (children’s book ages 4-8) Author: Ann Arnold

 4. Tomato Seeds (Tomato Fest)

5. Kaleialoha Orchids 

I am going to be gathering some gift ideas and posting them in the next few days. There is and will remain a link to those “gifts” I deem great gifts for any occasion and not just a seasonal one. That said I will be adding to the list in the coming days and invite you to look over the list and share with others. I will include links and any personal information that I might have; however, I make no guarantees about any of these products or the craftsmanship or the company and this is based solely on my likes, dislikes, opinions and the thought that I think it worthy of a gift.

My first one is a Bread Bag made of a Bamboo textile. One was given as a gift by my Mom to a friend.  I tried to talk herout of giving  it, but it didn’t work.  The bags are very functional, very well constructed. I was fond of the finish of the bamboo material and thought it would be a great idea. Bamboo  helps to wick the moisture away from the bread to help maintain the crust. I am including the URL to the website. Also, may I mention I did not know bamboo was so versatile! I was contacted by Ann and she informed me  they are adding vegetable bags to the ensemble and added a photo. I didn’t ask but I don’t think she will mind if I share with you now. So check this out!!

Yes, you found it first here. The vegetable bags will not be on the website until this coming week so this is a SNEAK Preview and Premier!

Please read the information on the website regarding the bag material.  I found that bamboo has antibacterial properties and is washable. I noticed it had a great feel, sheen and seemed to have a strong tensil strength.

Take this link and see what they carry!  Good luck and Happy Holidays!

WWW.bamboo-bag.com

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe was shared by Zolablue on TFL. I didn’t really make changes, however, I did convert from volume measurements to weights. These are great! Very soft and they freeze well! In the event you read this ZB thank you for sharing!

 

 

 

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Levain

My all Natural Levain

My all Natural Levain

Baking is an art form. It has become my passion. I was never really detailed enough, or that is what I thought, to be a good baker. I didn’t understand Baker’s Percentages; I couldn’t tell you how many grams were in a cup. I measured with a little of this and pinch of that. I had no idea what I was in for. Then as I sat down one day with Peter Reinhart’s Crust & Crumb it all made sense. I love everything about it. I love putting my hands in the flour, I love kneading that dough till it becomes silky and pliable. If you close your eyes you can feel the dough get softer and softer.  I am passionate about baking now. When I am home alone I am thinking, “okay, I can bake uninterrupted!” It is a great feeling when you pull that loaf out and hear that crackle while it cools. Fulfilling, is a way to describe the process!

 I went on to make a motherdough, chef, levain (there is no standardization on bread language). Seymour and Sandy are my starters and levain. Allow me to show you my pets! Beautiful, a bouquet of sweet wine is released when you remove that little piece, a soft silky dough that will impart flavor and shelf life. Amazing what nature can do! Oh, I haven’t purchased a loaf of bread since I started this journey and I don’t intend to look back!

Also, in the next few weeks watch as Seymour takes some trips. Seymour is a wonderful travelling companion! Keep an eye out!

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Challah

If you haven’t had challah you are missing something! A wonderful enriched bread with eggs, sweeteners, and tradition. I make it every week and this week I sent two loaves home with family. That is part of the fun of  baking! I needed to make another batch for the rest of the week and thought I would share my loaf with everyone.

Pre Bake Challah

Pre Bake Challah

The next day after a 15 hour fermentation (this is made with levain and no commercial yeast) I baked in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. Removed and allowed to cool. Challah has a wonderful texture and this recipe has a great taste made with honey and levain. Makes amazing french toast and grilled cheese (my favorite is Havarti).

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Bake Day Nov 08

On occassion I have a day to myself! My how I love them! I thought, “Today is my canvas; what shall I paint?” Well, I baked all day long!

Here are the results!

Challah, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls

Challah, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls

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