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Clay Bread Baker

For Xmas Sean and Catherine gifted us this beautiful Sassafras clay pot for baking bread. I used it for the first time this morning and my batard turned out beautifully. The crust is just amazing. Thank you both so much…I just love it!

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Fermented Goodness

Tried a new recipe for Christmas morning breakfast. Fermented sourdough pumpkin roll. So good! It is made with sourdough starter and then the batter itself is long fermented before baking.

What are the main reasons that people are turning to sourdough? Because it contains the same friendly cultures as homemade yoghurt and these work chemically on the whole grains during the fermentation process to make the most of flavours and nutrients, and make it much easier for the body to digest. Thus sourdough promotes gut and metabolic health, keeps you fuller for longer, and lasts longer in the bread bin too. A win-win-win situation.

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Cranberry Explosion

I’ve been in the mood for cranberries lately. I may have gone a tad overboard. First there was sourdough cranberry orange muffins. They were so good that I made a second batch 3 days later.

Then it was Sourdough Cranberry Walnut Bread. OMG was that amazing. I made a boule and a batard. After I inhaled my 4th giant slice from the boule I felt compelled to contact a friend and ask her to do a porch pickup of the batard to save me from myself.

And last but not least it was cranberry apple crisp. We polished that off in two days and I never even had a chance to take a picture of it before we tucked in. Yikes!

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Sourdough Bread Again

This morning I made my second attempt at Sourdough bread. I used a different recipe that takes 3 days instead of 2.

I couldn’t find my large cast iron pot so I cooked them in my Tagine instead. I also tried my hand at some artwork on the top. I was like a big kid waiting with excitement to see how the loaves would look when I took the lid off. My artwork could be better but I’m still thrilled with the end result.

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Morning Glory Muffins

I’ve been in a bit of a Covid funk for the last few weeks. This morning I gave myself a kick in the butt and put my big girl panties back on.

Years ago we used to enjoy delicious Morning Glory Muffins that were made fresh every morning in our office Canteen. I was searching for ideas to use up my sourdough discard and I found one for these muffins. I’m really enjoying finding new and delicious ways to use my discard..

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Pizza

Tonight I used my discard to make a beautiful thin crust pizza dough. I slathered it with homemade pesto (made from basil grown in my tower garden) and grilled chicken. It was wonderful. The recipe made enough dough for 2 crusts so I have one frozen for another day.

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Sourdough Soup Bowls

I think this is my favourite sourdough discard recipe so far. Sourdough pretzel bun bowls filled with steaming Irish Beer Cheese Soup. Delicious 😋

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Sourdough Dutch Baby

This morning I used our discard to make this delicious sourdough Dutch baby with mixed berries. I think next time I will try a savoury one and have it for supper.

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My First Boule

Ready to go into boule overnight

I did it!!! I finally used my sourdough starter for its intended purpose. The dough rested in the fridge overnight and I popped it into the oven at 6am this morning. Isn’t he cute? How can something so silly give me such pleasure. The recipe says it has to cool for 6-7 hours before cutting it. That was never going to happen. As soon as I finished walking the dog’s I grabbed my trusty bread knife, some unsalted butter, my jug of Maldon and tucked in. It was amazing. Lovely crunchy crust and that soft, airy and sour inside. Thank you Cathie Allan for sharing your starter with me.

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