Thanks to my wonderful daughter taking over for me, yesterday, we had a couple of fresh loaves of bread to try this morning. I'd started by having the dough baby soak overnight, then added flour to make a sponge. After several hours, this is what the sponge looked like. My daughter set aside half of … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment: awake!
Yesterday, I made another batch of bread using the old dough stored in flour as a starter. I did change things up a little bit, though. One of the things about trying to recreate how my grandmother did this is, I'm relying on my mother's childhood memories. There would definitely be things my mother never … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 9: a few changes
Okay, so after accidentally killing off our ball of old dough "yeast", I had to start over. Since I have no idea how my grandmother got her first ball of old dough, this is all a guessing game, anyhow! This time, I went with another old technique: the sponge. It's just 2 cups warm water, … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 6: restarting
Ah, I was afraid of this. I managed to kill the dough ball. My mother describes how her mother would bake only once a week. So after working using the old dough after letting it sit in the flour few a few days, this time, I left it longer. Last night, I took it out … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part five: I killed it!
Last night, I prepared the dough ball from our previous baking. I was really curious about our bubble! Seeing this reminded me of a story my mother told me, when I was a child, helping her bake bread. There was a young couple and, while the husband was at work, the wife decided to bake … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 4, and baking day!
When setting the old dough to reconstitute and ferment overnight, I had some concerns about temperature. The crock was sitting on our dining table, and that room gets pretty chilly. I did warm up the rice bag we have been using to warm our fermenting hard apple cider (which is probably ready to be bottled, … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising
Tonight, the plan was to continue with my attempt to recreate bread, as much as possible, in the way my mother remembers my grandmother baking. I spent some time doing research on the method, but there is nothing out there that quite matches what my mother describes. I gave her a call today with more … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3: reconstituted, and more of the story
Photo heavy post ahead. 🙂 Okay, here it is! My very first attempt at slowly recreating my grandmother's bread, with her use of "old dough" yeast that she kept stored in flour in between baking day. (Part 1: the story) The first goal is to create the bread dough yeast starter, and for that, I … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning
I may have mentioned in past posts, about my mother's memories of bread baking in pre-WWII Poland. I was fascinated by what she could tell me. With no commercial yeast available, I had thought my Babcia (grandmother) had used a sort of sourdough. I know my father remembers this; a portion of the bread dough … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 1: the story
Today my daughters did the baking, starting with a sourdough "batter" bread. There's a reason the word batter is in quotations... The girls have been finding recipes they like and, after trying them out, adding them to a notebook with any modifications or adjustments they've come up with. Like this... I love the little doodles! … Continue reading Sourdough “Batter” Bread, with recipe