Hello everyone! I’ve been experimenting with time and temperatures from the Modified Bread formula from my course “Extreme Fermentation.” What’s really great about this bread is that you can do endless experiments to find out what the bread will do, especially since the batch is large. Continue reading
I’ve been asked for quite a while to show how to turn off the “auto turn off” and also how to use the baker’s percent key for the KD8000. I made two videos because the one I was going to make was just too long, so I split it in two.
In this video I unbox the new scale and show you how to use it and some of it’s features. I also show you how to program the “auto turn off”Continue reading
Autolyse (Auto-Leese) is a term used in baking that refers to a simple method which improves the flavor and quality of bread. Essentially, the flour and water in the formula are mixed together and left to rest. The dough might be resting but the microorganisms are going to work.
I’ve got the second video finished. It’s called Blister Crust Sourdough Part 2 Fermentaion and Folding Dough. I am working on video number three which will be about shaping, slashing and proofing. The final video will be about baking and the finished bread. Continue reading
For the third year in a row, the folks who put together Kneading Conference West, did a wonderful job. It was great to see baker friends from former conferences, Floyd of The Fresh Loaf, MC of Farine and Meeghan of Breadsong.
Kneading Conference West is a three day event held in September at the Washington State University Extension and Research facility in Mt. Vernon. It brings together bakers, plant breeders, millers, brewers and even oven builders, all with some connection to grain.Continue reading
Kneading Conference West (Sept 13, 14 and 15) 2012 was a terrific success. I had the privilege of attending for the second year in a row and I am really glad I did. The Kneading Conference is held in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Mt Vernon, Wa at Washington State University Research and Extension Center. The conference filled up quickly and had a waiting list again this year as the attendance is limited (you might wasn’t to sign up early for next year, BBGA will have information or you can find it at: Kneading Conference West. I met up with my baker friends MC of Farine and Breadsong and Floyd from The Fresh Loaf (I did not get his picture!). It was a great start to the conference.Continue reading
I have been baking Salish Sea Sourdough at Passionate for Pies for two weeks now. Passionate for Pies is owned by two of the nicest people in Eastsound, Wa. Shasha Jean and Marie Bigbee opened Passionate for Pies three years ago. Their pies, tarts, and pot pies are reknown in the San Juan Islands and beyond for being the tastiest, most wholsome pastry treats available.
San Juan Island area is a beautiful place to live. The locals are very friendly, it has been fun to meet new people. I attended a transportation meeting to see about road safety and bike trails. I joined a prayer group from the church I attend and I was able to help out at the local soup kitchen this week and bring some of my bread.