The EcoWongs

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Bake-stravaganza Part II February 26, 2009

When we last left our four baking projects, we had completed and enjoyed sourdough waffles.

Project #2 – Sourdough Pizza Dough

Borrowing from the Overnight Sourdough Pizza Crust found on thefreshloaf.com, we made dinner for tonight:

The verdict: Tasty, but a little to “wheaty” and not poofy enough.  The recipe only called for 25 g of starter, which, relative to the rest of the dough, was not that much.  We still have two pies worth to bake up, so we’ll see how the others turn out.

Project #3 – Sourdough Challah

We followed this recipe, also on thefreshloaf.com. It was my first time working with an egg bread, so it proved to be quite interesting.

The verdict: very very tasty (probably due to the eggs and honey).  The dough was a bit sticky and therefore, fairly difficult to braid.  By the time we put it in the oven, the dough had risen/settled into itself, and many of the braids had melted together.  The finished product didn’t have the signature braids that you commonly see in a challah loaf.  Still, very tasty.

With some of the leftover dough, we made Emmett a small dough ball to play with.  When he got bored with it, I fashioned a mini challah braid:

Size Comparison:

Project the last (#3): Sourdough Raisin Bread

Recipe here.  I dropped the malt syrup from my mix.

The verdict: There are a lot of raisins in this recipe (which I’m sure Emmett will love).  So much so that the dough almost became unworkable.  The recipe didn’t really specify how and when to incorporate the raisins, so I just did it at the beginning.  Still, very tasty, and the raisins are a nice touch.

Whew.  All done.

 

Valentine’s Baking Bonanza February 14, 2009

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I took the 5-grain Sourdough Bread recipe found on thefreshloaf.com and split it into two loaves:

The loaves didn’t turn out that evenly, but they look pretty good. I hope they taste as good as they look! We also resolved to make sourdough pancakes (also a recipe found on thefreshloaf.com):

Emmett was very interested to try some:

So, we let him!

Nom, nom, nom. He enjoyed them immensely, and so did we.

With the last dredges of batter, I made a last-minute Valentine’s Day present for Christina:

It was met with laughter and something to the effect of, “You crazy.”

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Let’s remember to love each other tomorrow, too.