11 May, 2020

Loafing Around?

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen last week, moving forward with my bread-making pursuit. At this time I have two, different, sourdough starters going. These loaves are a result of the second starter, it's a recipe from my life thirty years ago;  originally, I received a cup of starter as a gift from a neighbor. At that time, with children at home, I made two to four loaves each and every week! This starter that is fed with instant mashed potato flakes, sugar and water. 
Getting that going is all thanks to a good friend; how do you spell friend? I spell it: Y-E-A-S-T! This particular starter requires a boost of instant yeast and I got such a surprise when this baggie arrived. I got right to work. Now, to keep it going, I'll be feeding and baking once a week, I need to assign a bread-baking day.
So, that "wild" yeast starter is the trickier one of the two. I'm NOT giving up on it though. Last week I measured out a cup and set it aside for something less ambitious than loaves. Pictured in my mother's original, antique measuring cup. After doing much reading and research I decided to try my hand at English Muffins.
These turned out perfectly! They go through two risings; one before they're cut out and one after, then they're griddle baked on each side for ten minutes. They smelled wonderful during that baking phase. The great news is that they tasted every. single. bit. as good as they look! I may never go back to store bought. 
Buoyed up by the English Muffin success, I tried more rustic loaves with that same starter. They rose just fine, but I was underwhelmed with the outward, lumpy appearance. I would prefer a smoother, more elastic dough. I'll keep at it this week, I'm not about to quit yet. 
Sliced, these loaves did not disappoint. It's a denser, heartier bread- perfect for going beside soup or with olive oil for an appetizer. The flavor is quite good, it has a pronounced sourdough "tanginess". 
This one, the first bread that I mentioned (above), is sweeter and lighter, perfect for toast or sandwiches. Mr. Goodneedle couldn't wait to cut into it; even hot, right out of the oven! This received a thumbs-up.
YAGOF* was completed last week and in its rightful spot on the porch. As cool as it's been the last few days, it's nice to have it out there right now. Spring temperatures have retreated temporarily.
I backed this one with a wicker print. 
"Sweet Sixteen" is currently under the needle, just in case you thought I never left the kitchen-- I did!
And, once again, the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks have returned to the feeder. They've appeared every year for as long as I can remember, they don't stay long, a week at the most and then they're off.
This post is a recomposition of one created yesterday, I think that this is a reasonable duplicate of what I wanted to say. There's few things more frustrating (at least for me) than losing something in an instant while at the computer. Here's hoping that your week is a happy and productive one. 

Adapting in an upside-down 🙃world: We'll start to see a few things returning to the "new normal" here in North Carolina this week, we're in Phase #1 of re-opening. Fingers crossed that all goes well. I need to get back to my LQS, hopefully they'll reopen this week, I'm running out of supplies!! Wash your hands, my friends,🧼 stay safe!

"Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word." - Psalm 119:74

Life is Good!

*You're A Grand Old Flag


SandyPA said...

Congratulations on the successful sourdough restart! My husband is like yours - fresh baked bread is his vice. Very pretty flag quilt. Can't wait to see how you quilt Sweet Sixteen. Sandy at sewhigh.blogspot.com

julieQ said...

Oh yummy! There is no yeast at all in our stores, and mine is a year old...must try the sourdough! I love your sweet sixteen quilt, it is perfect the upcoming season. Very pretty scraps...my favorite!

Janet O. said...

Oh, the breads and muffins are giving off their aroma all the way across the country. The look delicious!
YAGOF quilt is perfect for your porch. And I have loved Sweet Sixteen right from the start!
One LQS has stayed open through it all--and so has our local Jo~Ann. They are considered "essential businesses" due to the supplies they have for making PPE.

cityquilter grace said...

had me drooling with those english muffins....bread looks delish too tho i am not a fan of sourdough....lovely patriotic quilt, right at home on your porch!

Lindah said...

Ohhh, those Eng muffins look So. Good.
Thank you for another upbeat post.

Quiltdivajulie said...

DH bakes all of our bread now - Vienna is our favorite but there really haven't been any we don't like. He's ventured into burger buns, dinner rolls, and breadsticks as well. DELICIOUS (and you can bet that we stocked up on flour and yeast at the end of February when all of this stay at home and shortage business began).

Tanya said...

Ooh! Love the bird on the feeder! My husband put up a feeder, two in fact, but no birds have found them though I see birds all the time in the forest. I guess they don't need our bird feed. Do you know, I don't think I have ever baked bread!