Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sourdough Ruchbrot

Get it? "W" slash?

One week until I'm deep in the heart of Texas! I thought I'd make the best of my last week here in Switzerland by trying out some flour that is only available here: Ruchmehl. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Disaster Recovery - White Spelt "City Bread"

Sometimes making bread can be a spiritual, meditative, mindful experience. Sometimes I address the flour, the water, the salt, the levain with respect and gratitude and let it guide me, full of thankfulness while I watch the dough metamorphosize into bread. This was not one of those times. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

36 Hour Post Thanksgiving Sourdough Comfort Loaf

After an awesome expat Thanksgiving my wife has inexplicably left town to have a "weekend with her girlfriends" in "Barcelona" while the kids and I eat leftovers for two days. (She may in fact be hiding in a nearby hotel, taking a very long nap. I have no proof either way.) 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wonderbread is Dead. Long Live Wonderbread: Three Hour, No Knead, White Bread

At the time of this writing Wonderbread is due to shut down operations in the US. This food product, lacking in any nutrition or flavor which includes twelve different kinds of rat poison American food icon will be missed by dozens, if not scores, of people across the globe. Happily for the picky toddlers and toothless elderly of the world, fluffy, soft, white sandwich bread (New and Improved! Now With Flavor! 100% Less Radioactive Shelf-Life Extending Preservatives!) is extremely easy to make at home.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

San Joaquin Sourdough

Along with txfarmer's 36 hour baguettes, one of the other well known sourdough formulas on The Fresh Loaf is David Snyder's San Joaquin Sourdough. David is one of the regular posters over there and he puts out beautiful loaf after beautiful loaf. He has posted several iterations of his "SJSD" formula and you can find the one I used here. Check out this one too, look at those ears!

Sourdough Bread Bowls with Chicken Corn Chowder

It's getting cold here in Basel and I'm homesick, so I made my version of comfort food: chowder in a bread bowl. Chowder is one of those things that just makes your whole body feel warm no matter how sick, cold, grumpy or cranky you might be. Plus if you eat your bowl, there are less dishes to clean. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sourdough Spelt Country Loaf

I am knee deep in dough. I fear my wife will be staging an intervention soon. Enjoy it while it lasts, folks.