Bread Baking Day celebrates its 6. Birthday! In 2007 Zorra started this Bread Baking-Event and since then bakers from all over the world met virtually already 60 times. I participated for the first time in 2009. Since then I try to be a regular part of the event. For two times I was already hosting BBD. Time is flying!
Each Bread Baking Day has its own theme and for this jubilee Zorra wishes “Bread with Glazing”. What kind of glazing she left to ourselves.
I had to think for some time about a recipe but at the end I decided to bake a focaccia. Focaccia is glazed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and herbs prior to baking. The olive oil soaks the crust during baking and adds a delicious flavour to the dough. It is a great bread for the summer (even when its raining all the time)!
Dear Zorra, all the best to the Event-Birthday!
I baked already with wild yeast before it get popular in the different bread baking discussion boards. But then the wild yeast was still called “Raisin Sourdough”. After the first test I did not spent a lot of thoughts on this kind of yeast. The theory worked, so I started with new experiments…
Until I read about a “Apple Wild Yeast” somebody grew in store bought pasteurized apple juice. But as we all should knew is pasteurizing a methode for conserve food. And that works by shortly heating up the juice (or milk or what ever) to kill all microorganisms. And that means, that even the precious “wild yeast” in apple juice is dead!
So what is growing in this apple juice? In most of the recipes, a spoon full of honey is added to the mixture. And as I explained before a lot of nectar is yeast can be found in honey. These nectar yeast start to ferment the honey as soon as the honey is diluted with water. This principle is used for brewing mead. Sometimes apple juice is added to the honey as a nitrogen source to speed up fermentation. But it can also be done only with water and honey. And so I started to think about growing wild yeast from honey…
One last recipe before the rhurbarb season is coming to an end…
In the last days summer shortly decided to turn on the heat, changing from 12°C at the weekend to 37°C during the week. When I come home after work, I’m always feeling very warm after a one hour ride in a train without air-condition. And so I started to prepare a elderflower lemonade similar to Virgin Hugo each evening and kept it in the fridge during the day. When I come home, it is well infused and refreshing cool.
But a girl needs a little bit of adventure in her life and everyday elderflower lemonade gets boring sooner or later. And that’s why I did not hesitated when I came across rhubarb in the supermarket this week. I made rhubarb syrup out of it and then used it to mix Lemonade. And this is very delicious, too. Not to sweet and not to sour, with a hint of vanilla. I’m now prepared for the next hot days!
For me summertime is Baguette time. Or Wurzelbrot– and Ciabatta-Time. I just love to have a light bread together with a big bowl of salat for supper on hot days.
After I baked the delicious Baguettes a la Ridha Khadher I thought about trying a similar recipe with spelt. The gentle folding of the dough is perfect for the fragile gluten network of spelt dough. And so I kneaded the dough really short and then started to fold the dough repeatedly. When the gluten network was nicely developed,I put the dough in the fridge for a long and cold fermentation.
This long and cold rise created a deep and complex flavour which I liked even more then the Kadher-Baguettes, because the spelt flavour adds another layer of complexity to the taste. It was a baguette with a lot of character. Or as my beloved partner (who’s normal praise for homemade bread is eating it rapidly but silent) said: “It is so delicious!”
I know, I know … there is already more than one recipe for Pizzadough on this blog. But this dough is so simple and good, I had to post this recipe as well.
It is a “What I have in the cupboard” recipe, when I was to lazy to go to the pantry to fetch another bag of wheat flour. So I used some leftover spelt flour instead. I mixed the dough and folded it for some times, and put it then in the fridge, similar to the Wurzelbrot or the baguette recipe. Very easy!
When I came home the next evening after a long workday, I started to prepare our pizza. And when I stretched the dough to a flat square I realized what a great idea it was to add some spelt. The spelt flour made the dough very easy to handle and to strech in form, while the long and cold fermentation creates a great flavour and big air bubbles in the dough during baking.
Why did I take so long until I publish this recipe? I don’t know. Sometimes, when I’m short in time, I note down the recipe and take a photo but do not blog it. And when time pass, the recipe vanish in the blog nirvana. And that’s what happend to this spent grain rolls recipe.
But luckily Alexandra asked me for a recipe for spent grain flour. And so I pulled out the recipe and freed it from dust.
And that is so good, because the rolls are delicious. The spent grain flour adds a nice roasted malt aroma to the slightly sour taste of the yoghurt and the long fermentation creates a complex taste.
Friday afternoon I got a email from a reader, asking me for a recipe for a bread similar to Pain Paillasse. She send me the recipe she tried and which disappointed her. The recipe sounded not so bad, only the hydration was to low in my eyes. To archive a open crumb with a hydration from just 56 % is impossible. And so I tried to bake a bread using a modified version of this recipe. I decided to use 19% more water, a varied dough preperation and a prolonged cold fermentation. Directly after reading the email I went in the kitchen and mixed the dough – the bread was baked about 24 hours later at this evening. And with these modifications I got a bread worth its name. A rustic looking, crisp crust, a slightly moist and open crumb and a mild aromatic taste due to the long fermentation. It is a perfect bread for the upcoming summer. Mix it one day and bake it the next day directly out of the fridge, no proofing required. And after baking enjoy it with a salad or bring it to a barbeque!
After visiting my parents garden we came home carrying an arm full of tender rhurbarb. And because we can not always eat oven roasted rhubarb I decided to use one half for a cake – while I roasted the other half in the oven (I can not get enough of oven roasted rhubarb).
The cake is a variation of my grandmothers “Ribiselkuchen” (Ribisel is dialect for Johannisbeere (red currants)). It is made of a shortcrust pastry and a filling made of whipped egg white, sugar, almonds and rhubarb slices. It is a classical and good mixture, a balanced mixture of sweet and sour, soft and crisp, just the perfect, delicious cake for Sunday afternoons.
I planed to call this bread “May crust”, hoping to lure the sun from behind the rain clouds we had all May long. But then my boyfriends Mum came in our kitchen while the bread was cooling and exclaimed: “Your loaves look like young boars!” And from that moment on, we called them “Young Boar Crust”.
The beautiful young boar pattern is due to cutting the bread with short regular cuts, lengthwise to the loaf. I saw pictures of a similar bread on PIPs Blog and fell in love with the pattern directly. He did not specify how the cuts were applied on the bread and so I kept trying for three weeks until I finally get the hang of it! I already baked some baguette rolls with this pattern and now this Young Boar Crust.
The Bread is made with a mixture of wheat, spelt and rye. Two different preferments and a long, cold fermentation give a very complex taste to the bread. The crumb is very soft and the crust thick and crunchy. A great bread for both sweet and salty sandwiches.
After more than four and a half year I felt that I need a little bit of spring cleaning in the blog. And maybe a little bit of redecoration, too.
I don’t know how to program a blog design, but my boyfriend knows it very well and so he build me a complete new theme after my design. And I did not only get a new look, he included some great features as well. When you click on the pictures in the header, you will now be redirected to the recipe. Isn’t that great? Continue reading