Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 10: No Knead bread

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

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 8: ham and cheese roll!

For the next while, as I remove part of the dough from one batch to use in the next batch, I will be taking out slightly larger pieces of dough, to make larger batches of bread with it, next time. Our flour canister is tall and narrow, so I've made a point of flattening the … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 8: ham and cheese roll!

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 7: having fun

After yesterday morning's cat disaster, the girls were kind enough to drop their own projects and take over cleaning up. While I was doing my rounds outside, the furry little monsters created another mess. One of the jade plant posts I'd managed to shield from their digging got knocked to the floor. *sigh* I was … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 7: having fun

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 6: restarting

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

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising

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

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3: reconstituted, and more of the story

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

Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning

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

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 1: the story

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