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Fall Baking Day

October 18, 2010

I spent Saturday in West Bolton, VT (WeBo?) baking with a few of my friends – that, to me, is the best way to spend a chilly Saturday laced with rain. I’ll just let the spread speak for itself (“If we’re going to eat, let’s really eat!”):

[SP’s pumpkin scones with cinnamon chips and crystallized ginger: not pictured, unfortunately]


Corn chowder (SP)




Rolls made from Peter Reinhart's sandwich bread recipe (from Artisan Breads Every Day) (SP) shaped as knots and fans




Closeup of the fan-shaped roll



Buttery, soft crumb - love it when the rolls pull apart like that!



KAF poolish baguette (NH) steamed using the magic bowl, v.2 (i.e., giant disposable roasting pan)! No crumb shot, sorry.




Hamelman's miche, Pointe-à-Callière using local flours, scaled to 2.5lb (JL)



Another shot of the miche



Miche crumb shot - much tighter than what I expected (hydration hovers around 82%) but I think this is because my starter wasn't vigorous enough when I assembled the final dough, and I didn't let the second rise go for long enough. I should have refreshed my starter instead of using it straight from the fridge... next time. Slightly sour, very wheaty aroma and taste. I'm curious to see how this tastes the next day when the flavours have had a chance to "mellow."



Six-stranded honey vanilla challah (JL)



and of course, apple pie! (NH) Crust made with local flours and filling made with local Northern Spy apples.



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I did not get a chance to write this post until today, and so was too late to submit it for World Bread Day, hosted by Zorra. (!!!) I’m looking forward to seeing the roundup though! In the meantime, I will send these baked goods to Susan at Wild Yeast for YeastSpotting.

BBD33 – Guinness Rye with Fennel

September 1, 2010

Almost all of the liquid for this loaf comes from a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout, which gives the bread lots of character and is nicely complemented by the distinct flavour of rye, fennel and citrus. I had it as part of an avocado, tomato and sharp cheddar sandwich, but I hear it would be just as perfect for a Dijon mustard/sauerkraut/corned beef combination.

I made some slight tweaks to the metric version of this recipe, such as incorporating sourdough into the sponge, reducing the amount of yeast accordingly, and also added some citrus zest for a extra little twist. No sugar is added to the loaf but there is a mellow sweetness to it, which I suspect comes from the Guinness. All in all, a great loaf and certainly one that I will make again.

Guinness Rye Fennel Bread (Jackie’s version)

*Don’t have a sourdough starter? Try Susan of Wild Yeast’s version instead, which uses instant dry yeast.

*Can you please tell me what these metric measurements are in cups/spoons? See Mary of One Perfect Bite’s version.

Makes one very large loaf.



– 40g 100% hydration sourdough rye starter
– 38g water
– 190g unbleached all-purpose flour
– 140g coarsely ground whole rye flour
– 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
– 1 bottle (12 fl. oz/341g) Guinness Extra Stout

Final Dough

– 195g unbleached all-purpose flour
– 11g (1 3/4 tsp) salt
– 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
– zest of one orange
All of the sponge


  1. Mix all of the sponge ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and leave at room temperature for about 4 hours; the sponge is ready when it has expanded and bubbles appear on the surface. It will also feel a bit poofy like a marshmallow.
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the final dough to the sponge and mix roughly in the bowl, just until there are no bits of unincorporated flour left.
  3. Autolyse (let it sit) for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Do a set of stretch-and-folds in the bowl, and repeat after another 30 minutes.
  5. Turn the dough out onto an unfloured counter, fold, return it to the bowl and let it ferment for another 30 minutes. This means your dough will have fermented for a total of 2 hours, with two stretch-and-fold in the bowl (at 30 min and 60 min) and one stretch and fold on the counter (at 90 min). This dough is going to feel very soft and sticky at first, but will gradually increase in strength with every stretch-and-fold. I guess this is the cheap (mix by hand, no stand mixer involved) and lazy (let time do all the work, no rigorous kneading required) way of working with fairly wet doughs?
  6. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured counter, and preshape into a loose ball. Let it rest, covered, for 15 minutes.
  7. Shape the dough into a tight boule (ball) and place them, seam-side up, into a banneton or brotform or some sort of basket lined with a lint-free towel. Let it ferment at room temperature for around 45 minutes, until the loaf is nearly doubled in size. (Make sure your container is large enough for this to happen!)
  8. Bake at 400°F with steam for 12 minutes, and 18 minutes without for a total of 30 minutes or until the crust has turned a caramel brown.

See how dull the crust of this loaf is? I forgot to bake with steam. 😦

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This is my submission for Bread Baking Day #33 – Breads with booze.

I’m sending this loaf to Adriana for hosting BBD33, the BBD founder Zorra of 1x umrühren bitte, Mary of One Perfect Bite for posting the recipe, and Susan at Wild Yeast for writing about her variation of the same loaf, and for YeastSpotting.

BBD#23 – Zopf

September 1, 2009


I’ve never made the bread equivalent of a braid of hair before.


BBD#22 – Baked red bean buns

July 30, 2009

Baked red bean buns

Baked red bean buns

and this is how I like my red beans 🙂


BBD#21 – Pizza!

June 30, 2009

Time for a pizza party!


Hamelman’s Whole-Wheat Bread with a Multigrain Soaker

May 27, 2009

Hamelman's Whole-Wheat Bread with a Multigrain Soaker

Hamelman's Whole-Wheat Bread with a Multigrain Soaker

BBD#20 – Multigrain Breads hosted by Tangerine’s Kitchen

Update: the roundup has been posted!

My new favourite multigrain!


BBD#19 – Sausage buns

April 29, 2009

腸仔飽 (Sausage buns)

腸仔飽 (Sausage buns)

Ever seen something like this in a Hong Kong style bakery?


BBD#18 – Whole wheat blueberry and coconut scones

March 31, 2009

Whole wheat blueberry and coconut scones

Whole wheat blueberry and coconut scones

Whole wheat scones, with half the butter, and reduced amounts of sugar – what? Can these things even taste good? Yes! This means that you could probably eat twice as many and get away with it.


BBD#18 – Basil Buttermilk Bread

March 30, 2009
Basil Buttermilk Bread

Basil Buttermilk Bread

They say James Bread could never ignore a good bread.


BBD#17 – Baked Potato Bread

March 1, 2009

Baked Potato Bread

Baked Potato Bread

What will Jackie make for Bread and Potatoes, the theme for Bread Baking Day #17?