Category Archives: sourdough

Wheat Beer, Onion and Garlic (!) Bread

an old favourite, revived and boosted with the power of the garlic clove. Natural yeast starter, fermenting sauteed onion and garlic in wheat beer overnight, before building a final dough that gently grows across about 8 hours before baking in … Continue reading

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Old Timer

Here’s something I haven’t done before – I’ve named it Old Timer and its basically bread made using deliberately aged sourdough starter. 60% of the overall loaf is made using a stiff starter, which was kept in the fridge for … Continue reading

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Guinness… for strength

Anyone old enough will probably recall some of Guinness’ old advertising slogans, laughably suggesting increased physical strength would naturally follow if you just drank Guinness! I mean, its a nice idea, and lots of us swallowed it (and the Guinness), … Continue reading

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Using a cloche

For Xmas this year I was lucky enough to be given a baking cloche (a what? one of these: baking dome ) Been meaning to acquire one for a while, and after a couple of bakes now I can say … Continue reading

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80% hydration Miche!

Isn’t she a thing of beauty? A full 2kg miche, made from strong wholemeal, dark rye and strong white flour, nursed upwards using just my natural leaven. 80% hydration, for a more open crumb. 240C oven (for the first 20 … Continue reading

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich – its not hard, people

This is going to sound arrogant. Sorry, but I was somewhat surprised when I read the following article in the Grauniad – http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/05/how-to-make-the-perfect-grilled-cheese-sandwich Ah, right, so yes the grilled cheese sandwich (or Croque Monsiuer, as the French have known about … Continue reading

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Whitstock Baking

Bakery back in business! This is my output for today, in time for Whitstock next week. “What is that?” I hear you ask. Some old friends living in Somerset are having a serious house party next weekend, and when I … Continue reading

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Bethesdabakin at Mairs Bakehouse 2014 – a taster

Posting a quick blog entry at work means it can only be brief, therefore you’ll need to wait a bit longer for me to have the time to do justice to what was a great weekend baking in a great … Continue reading

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Chocolate Swirls with Rum Butterscotch

Here’s something I have been meaning to make for a short while – sourdough chocolate swirls with raisins and rum butterscotch sauce. Don’t be led astray by the word ‘sourdough’, these are sweet, rich, chocolatey and gorgeous – if I … Continue reading

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Guess what this means..?

Huzzah! ¬†Managed to ‘smuggle’ (legitimately, mind) some dark wheat beer back into the country, simply by packing into my bag and checking it (rather than carrying onboard as I usually would). ¬†I got it to have another go at my … Continue reading

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