Cultures and Experiments (Peterson Style)

18 Apr

I’ve been experimenting with sourdough. Here is my culture, ready to be stirred down and mixed with the flour and water to make the loaves.

The mark represent the level of the culture mixture the night before.

Meanwhile…on another counter is my first jar of Alfalfa sprouts.

They are quite tasty on sourdough with mayonnaise and guacamole, or with sourdough, mayo, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. Oh Sprouts, How I can use thee! Let me count the recipes!

Aaaaaaaannnd…In the freezer: Watermelon Granita. Quite delicious. Very light in flavor.

Okay, back to my bread. Here is the dough mixture 10 minutes after adding the wet ingredients to hydrate the dough.

Meanwhile, in a different part of the kitchen, Lydia is figuring out how to put on my shoes. It’s a new fascination of hers.

Okay…approximately 12 minutes of hand kneading later, you have a supple, slightly tacky, yet smooth dough, ready to rest and rise for 2-3 hours in a warm location.

Doing the windowpane test. The dough should stretch, but not tear. You should be able to see light through it. If you can, the dough is ready.

Placing the dough into a container to rise. I did mark the container, but it never reached the mark as I used the wrong size and shape of container. Oh well. Mistakes are part of learning, right? 😀

After having risen, then shaped into boules, and set to rise again for another hour and a half, I turned the loaves out of the bowl, and slashed them in preparation for the oven.

And…45 minutes later, we have the first batch of sourdough bread that I’ve ever made! 🙂

Observe the crumb.

It looks fine, but for what I am looking for, it is too small. It was good, but it has some work to do.

Now I just have to get Grace Peterson’s recipe. I heard it doesn’t call for much kneading at all. :p

One Response to “Cultures and Experiments (Peterson Style)”

  1. Elisabeth July 18, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    Beautiful looking bread. I have some culture I’m just starting from the Tartine bread cookbook. Peterson’s always inspire me!

    I’ve seen some cultures and experiments from a family with the same last name as yours and they’re always… hmmm… how can I say this?… they’re always rather interesting.

    I like your latest gadget (the container holding your dough for rising). I’ll have to see if I can pick up some of those for a reasonable price.

    Good job on everything, girly. I love how you’re trying new things.

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