Category Archives: Baking

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins

I’m taking baking class at a cooking school here in LA and today the focus was on quick breads. We made scones, carrot cake and muffins. The class is very small and everyone gets to make everything on their own, an advantage that not all schools can offer. The Apple Streusel Muffins were my favorite of the day. The general reaction was something along the ... Read More »

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? 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 »

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