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For the bakers amongst us!

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by PierreRodrigue, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Paradox

    Paradox Founding Member

    Thanks Pierre. I have looked at several how-to's on the net for making your own starter and they seem pretty straight forward. I need to find a warm spot in my house though. I rarely set the thermostat above 65°F so I worry that I might not have a warm enough spot? Most of the instructions I see call for a 75-80°F spot to get the starter going. I'm thinking a cooler spot should be OK but might just take a bit longer?
     
  2. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

    Thats correct. You can also put it in the oven with the oven light on, or set in near/on an piece of electronics, like a stereo, DVD player etc. to give it a bit more heat till its active and bubbling readily. Then after use or feeding, it can go in the fridge. Take it out a day or 2 before you intend to bake again, warm it as above, feed it till active, and carry on.
     
  3. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

    For today. White sandwich bread, and a few English muffins.
    Sorry about the crappy fluorescent lighting.
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  4. James

    James smarter then your average duck Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Wait... you can make your own english muffins ? I didnt know that, okay now im seriously interested
     
  5. Paradox

    Paradox Founding Member

    Don't those just look awesome?
     
  6. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    You brown them in a skillet before tossing them in an oven :)

    You can bake it like aregular loaf and get a lot of the same flavor but it misses the crust that english muffins get. So much better to cut them and then brown them :D
     
  7. James

    James smarter then your average duck Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Theyd look a mighty bit better with my grandmas respberry jam on em
     
  8. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    I wish my grandmas could still make jam :(
     
  9. Paradox

    Paradox Founding Member

    Jam with butter, or some nice peanut butter would work too. Yum! :cool:
     
  10. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

    I like cream cheese, and nutella or blueberry jam as toppings. Lightly toasted muffins.
     
  11. beginish

    beginish Silver Contributor Founding Member

    Those are some fantastic loaves and muffins, Pierre. :thumb

    I made a loaf of whole wheat sandwich bread today that failed on the second rise....the dough was too wet.
     
  12. James

    James smarter then your average duck Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Ive actually never had nutella, but all the others sound great, cheddar also amazing
     
  13. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

    Last nights effort. Finished the baguettes I started Saturday.
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  14. BathonUk

    BathonUk Founding Member

  15. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

  16. James

    James smarter then your average duck Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Lots of great books shown in this thread, which one will show me how to male english muffins like in Pierres OP ?

    Andy, will your book show how?
     
  17. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

  18. James

    James smarter then your average duck Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Everyone who knows what happens to the cat when I try new things would very much like you to put anything that would involved me, and a lot of flour, in the same room as the cat....

    But i would love it if you could as well, be a great next weekend project for me. John just sent me some great stuff as well
     
  19. PierreRodrigue

    PierreRodrigue Tactical Walrus Founding Member Contributor

    And sent! I expect pictures of "powdered kitty" complete with blue tinted English muffins!
     
  20. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    The flour isn't too messy... I hpe you have a scale capable of 2.2kg or more... :)
     

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