I think I’ve made the best bread I’ve ever baked in my life yesterday, which is great because I’ve baked a lot since I got some sourdough starter from a friend. The crust, the CRUMB, the texture, and the flavor were all spot on. This is all a variation of Tartine Bread‘s sourdough country loaf, but I used equal parts whole wheat bread flour and all purpose flour. With this recipe you end up with two boules, so I decided to add dark chocolate chunks to one portion. I was instantly day dreaming of slices slathered with softened butter, even before I started preparing the levain two nights ago.
I can never pass up a great loaf of bread, especially if it’s leavened only by using sourdough culture. In Colorado, there were a few places (Denver and Boulder) that I liked to buy bread from. In Arizona, a couple of places (Bisbee and Tucson) had some amazing breads. Now here in Georgia, I’ve found bread that I love in Athens. It’s a bit of a trek for me, since we live in Augusta, so I finally decided that I should just start making my own sourdough leavened bread.
Hello there! I’m finally setting some time aside to write a short blog post. Our drive from Arizona to Georgia was in late September and boy, part of that was not fun at all! We’ve settled into our new home in Augusta, though, thankfully. There’s still some organizing to do, but it’s not as overwhelming as when we had everything in boxes. November will be our first full month here. Whew.
Well, it’s finally time for us to move after nine months in southeastern Arizona. We’re spending our last weekend cleaning, packing what we’ll take with us, and spending some time enjoying our final weekend here. The packers and movers come early next week and we’ll be staying at a hotel in Bisbee for a few days until we head out on our two day road trip to Augusta, Georgia. Read the rest of this entry »
Last Saturday morning, we drove to Tucson to pick up some Barrio Bread. The night before, I placed an order on the website for a pain d’epi and baguette, through e-mail and I was informed that there may be extra loaves for sale if I get to the pick-up location early enough. When we arrived, there was already a long queue with people waiting to grab their orders as well. I was really glad that I was also able to buy a spelt wheat levain. Read the rest of this entry »