Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sluggish sourdough and a birthday...

Remember how I had fed up my starter on Saturday?  I fed it again on Sunday and by the evening it seemed good and bubbly so I made a high hydration loaf, following 
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It was very cold overnight and when I checked the dough on Monday morning, it had risen a bit but not to the top of the bowl like it usually does...
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I gently flipped and folded the dough (I had halved it into 2 bowls) and left if for a while, sitting in a warmed oven which had been turned off...just to get it going.  Then I just left it for the rest of the day while I went to work...
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It had risen when I got home so I made a focaccia with one and a loaf with the other...
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Oh, wow! It turned out great!
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Nice open crumb and it tasted delicious!
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The loaf, maybe could have done with a few minutes less but it was fantastic also!
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Celia from Fig jam and lime cordial said when sourdough is a bit sluggish you just have to wait...which is what I did.  She said this loaf looked 'burnished and grand'!
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The weather has been cold the last few days and we are in for a cold snap tomorrow and Friday...
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We are south of Adelaide and its colder here so I may need to whip up this little number to keep me warm!  Lol!
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Today is my beloved's birthday so I whipped up a chocolate cake to take to work and share with the staff at smoko time...
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This recipe makes the fudgiest chocolate cake without it being a mud cake.  Throw all the ingredients into a food processor, blitz and you are done!
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Dana's chocolate cake (cupcakes) - scroll down a bit for the recipe.
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Perfect bundt cake...
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Frosted to perfection!
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These are a few pics from my archives of the last leaves on my silver birch trees...
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I hope you are keep warm wherever you are in the Southern Hemisphere and cool in the Northern.  I hear California in parts, is reaching 48C which is ridiculously hot!  That is not a problem where I am at the moment, we are going for 13C tomorrow and 11C on Friday.  Providing the wind stays away, it is bearable!
Cheers - Joolz xx







3 comments:

  1. I know it is not possible, but I can smell that bread!

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  2. Joolz, I had dough supposedly rising ovenight but it hasn't budged as it is cold so I might have to do the same thing as you. It is raining so there won't be any sun to warm up where I usually put my dough to rise. We are going down to 1C on Sunday.

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    1. Cripes, Chel! I thought 10C was going to be bad enough! Thanks heavens for the weekend coming up, we can hunker down!
      We've had record rains overnight, it was so loud it woke me at 4am! Fortunately, the soils in this area just soak up the rain so flooding never threatens. Stay warm and dry, :)
      Cheers - Joolz xx

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