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Baking update April 2, 2009

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I’ve been remiss in my bread blogging, but here’s what I’ve been working on:

Jeffrey Hamelmans Seeded Sourdough Loaf.  Its got sesame seeds, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds.  Soooo good.

Jeffrey Hamelman's Seeded Sourdough Loaf. It's got sesame seeds, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds. Soooo good.

Reinharts Rye Sandwich Siegle.  Very tasty.  Theres actually a whole diced onion in there.

Reinhart's Rye Sandwich Siegle. Very tasty. There's actually a whole diced onion in there.

Reinharts Whole Wheat Raisin Bread.  I added walnuts and cranberries.  Mmmmm.

Reinhart's Whole Wheat Raisin Bread. I added walnuts and cranberries. Mmmmm.

These loaves, mixed in with a few no-knead breads (those are quick and easy, so it gives me time between difficult recipes).

All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of my little baker friend:

More pictures here.

 

Reinhart’s Recipes, one at a time. March 18, 2009

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We just got this book:

I’ve just had a chance to glance through it, and man… it’s packed with recipes and techniques.  This Reinhart guy really knows how to teach.

I didn’t really know where to start because there are so many options.  Christina suggested that I start at the beginning and work my way through, one recipe at a time.  First up is the Master Recipe.  He gives a basic Whole Wheat Sandwich bread recipe and talks us through it down to the finest detail.  That way, he can be a little more vague in later recipes and refer back to the Master Recipe when he needs to.

Here’s what I came up with:

It’s tasty, but the addition of a sweetener (honey, in this case) masks the sourness of the starter.  It’s very light and tasty, though.  Stay tuned for #2.