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Jam N’ Butter

Due to popular demand (Dr. Biggles) I decided to photograph my sourdough in a state of non-nakedness today. Sourdough was baked in a very hot oven that had been sprayed with lots of water to make it nice and steamy. Sourdough then took a long, relaxing cool down on state of the art cooling racks. Sourdough was sliced and dressed, in both strawberry preserves and ... Read More »

Experimenting with Starter: Sourdough Banana Bread

I pulled my starter out of the fridge this morning to feed it. After I removed a cup from the dormant starter, I wondered if I could just use it to make a loaf without feeding it. I didn’t entirely expect it to work, so I threw in some stuff that was sitting around and I didn’t really knead it. Reflecting on this now, I ... Read More »

Gifts and Good Advice

I like baking for other people for a variety of reasons. Namely, I like baking and, generally, people enjoy eating what I make. This means that occasionally I will buy odd containers and plates that can be given away or used to store/carry baked goods. I picked up the neat paper loaf pans shown above at Sur La Table around the holidays, optimistically thinking that ... Read More »

And then there was Sourdough

Just days after having received my sourdough starter in the mail, I was able to bake my first sourdough bread. I followed the recipe that came with my starter, kindly provided by King Arthur Flour. The instructions seemed pretty detailed, and I set off with confidence. Looks like it worked, doesn’t it? I fed my starter and let it sit out overnight, about 10 hours. ... Read More »

Mocha Rounds

Mocha Rounds

If my father sees me baking a batch of cookies, he’ll usually ask how long he has to wait before I’ll let him eat one. Then, he’ll ask if he can take some in to work. Usually the answers are “when they’re cool enough to touch” and “No, I’m sending them to someone/giving them to someone/eating them myself”. He just has bad timing when he ... Read More »

Feed Me!

Yeah, I know that I could have tried to attract wild yeast swirling around in the air and coax them into a friendly, flour and water living environment. But I didn’t. I ordered a starter from the Baker’s Catalogue. I fed it. I’m ready. This is how you know someone is serious about bread baking, because according to the instructions included with it, my starter ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Plain Waffles

Despite the fact that this may not be the prettiest waffle, I rather like the way it turned out to be almost circular. I will, however, practice filling my waffle iron. Last time I posted about making waffles for breakfast, I based my recipe on one from America’s Test Kitchen, where I was assured by the testers that a thicker waffle batter produced waffles far ... Read More »

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are good. Very good, as a matter of fact. Though I had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches almost every single day that I took a bag lunch to school (K-12), I did not often have peanut butter cookies. Thinking about the reasons why this may have been, it occurs to me that perhaps the fact that we had peanut butter in the ... Read More »

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