With how hot it's been all summer, we've done no baking at all. It was simply too hot in the house to do baking and heat it up even more! Only recently did my daughter finally start baking some bread again. Which means that our dough baby has been sitting in its flour, unused, for … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment: a re-awakening
A while back, we tried a recipe for overnight bread, which you can read about here, and find a link to the original recipe we used. I then tried an "over day" version, using the dough baby from my Babcia's bread experiment. It was fantastically successful! We've made it again, as a pretty basic no-knead … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 10: No Knead bread
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
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
I went into town today, driving my daughter to work. We got there at our usual 10-15 minutes early, but there were already several cars in the parking lot, and people standing by the doors. I've seen this before, but not with so many people. Weird. Since I was in town anyhow, I made a … Continue reading More baking, and my daughter works in a tent now
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
Sometimes, I think we really need to do bread baking more often. Then I remember how much clean up is involved. 😀 No matter! We now have two kinds of freshly baked bread done. Here's how the seedy bread turned out. This is how it looked after only 1 hour of rising time. The bowl … Continue reading Bread Baking Day – all done!