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Old 02-06-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Sourdough bread

I've been wanting to try once again to make sourdoug french bread..I started my starter last wednesday, I've let it sit out lightly coverd, til today.. The kitchen smells as if I'm making beer Well, I put together my dough, and it's now baking..Can't wait to see how it tastes.
I was told the longer your starter sits out the more pronounced the sourness of the bread will be..We shall see. I did try something new..When I had slashed the risen loaves to go in the oven, I made a mix of cornstarch and water, brought it to boil then brushed the loaves and put them in the oven, then as I always do, I strayed the oven with water..after 10 min I again brushed the breads with the cornstarch and water mix..To my surprise as I started to brush the 2nd. time the loaves already had a crisp outside, like you find in a bakery...Now I'll let it go and see what I get. I'm hoping the crust does get really crisp..Okay wanted to share, have to go spray the oven one more time...


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Old 02-06-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
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You are so brave...but I have a feeling your bread will be beautiful. Not like the 5 pound loaves I used to make.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:02 PM   #3
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Connie, my bread this time tastes pretty good. The crust is just what I wanted, nice and crisp even after cooling...But, I want a tangier sourdough..I'm hoping that as said the starter will improve with age and give me the tang I want..These loaves have a slight tang, I just want a little more.
Good excuse to play in the kitchen.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:15 PM   #4
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Kadesma, I used to keep sourdough for homemade biscuits and pancakes (I can make those). It just takes a little time for it to get appropriately "funky". Leave it out on your counter for a couple of days...that helps ripen it.
I had one friend who wanted my recipe for biscuits.
When I told her about the sourdough, and how to care for it, she said, "I don't want anything in my refrigerator that I have to feed!"
She was cool though...she didn't like to cook, but she loved to clean up the kitchen. She'd follow me around, cleaning up after me.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:49 PM   #5
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Connie, I started the starter on wed and it's been out ever since, I fed it and the replaced what I used today and it is now sitting out fermenting..I'll keep at it til I get what I want I do like the crust I goton these loaves..Now if I only had a friend like your My kitchen is a disaster, besides the bread, Cade and I made fudge!!

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Old 02-08-2006, 05:09 PM   #6
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Cade won't remember the messy kitchen, but he'll always remember the smell of grandma's freshly baked bread and the fun he had making fudge with you.
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I am with Connie about that!! Pretty soon Carson, Ethan and Olivia will join in the fun... won't that be something?

Your bread sounds sooo delicious I can almost smell it!!

btw did you prepare the starter yourself CJ? Do you have a recipe for that if you did? I always wanted to make sourdough bread but since it is not known in Italy I can't get any sort of ready made starter... do you think it will work with our breadmaker?
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Licia, a friend gave it to me, and right now, I can't remember who. But I have collected some recipes for starters from the web. If you like me to share, let me know.
I kept my starter going for years, even through a divorce and remarriage. Sometimes when I hadn't fed it for a month, it got pretty rank, but I'd just mix a big batch of my feeder, take a half/cup or so out of the starter, and start a new mix.
But running a business took a lot of my time, and it finally died.

Now I use canned biscuits or Bisquick.
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Yes Connie!! I would be very interested if you could share your recipes!! Thanks so much for the offer, I will be looking forward to it!!
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:22 AM   #10
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I am with Connie about that!! Pretty soon Carson, Ethan and Olivia will join in the fun... won't that be something?

Your bread sounds sooo delicious I can almost smell it!!

btw did you prepare the starter yourself CJ? Do you have a recipe for that if you did? I always wanted to make sourdough bread but since it is not known in Italy I can't get any sort of ready made starter... do you think it will work with our breadmaker?
Licia, I made my own starter and I'll post it tomorrow, and I do know in the Bread Machine Magic recipe book it tells what and how to make the whole thing in the bread machine..I'll look it up and see. As I said earlier, It's been one dreadful day here and I'm going to just go try to sleep..if I can. We spent the whole day in the hospital with my DH's older brother and just kept watch, and finally made the decision to stop life support, all we could do was pray for him and we all just stood by the bed and held his hand or put hands on his head..So right now, I'm not thinking to clear..44 years of knowing him and we could only stnad and wait. Sorry, the tears are finally here..Night for now.

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