...but I know that Mark Doxtader, owner of Tastebud Farm near Portland, Oregon and master pizza baker at last week's Grain Gathering, hit all the boxes on my list with whatever pizza came out of his traveling wood-fired oven (not that I actually tasted them all, there were so many different ones that I don't think anybody could have, but I breathed in their fragrance and I feasted on their rugged good looks and I got a pretty good idea of what they tasted like).
A former farmer (which is probably why the toppings are so fresh, diverse and creative), Mark is rumored to be planning a restaurant. For now though, you can find him, his pizzas and his bagels at the Portland Farmers Market on Saturdays and you'd better believe that when we have an opportunity to go back to Portland, I will try and make sure we hit that market.
I took a few pictures and I was going to post only those but when I saw the luscious ones my friend Gerry Betz took, I got such a bad case of the drool that I asked for permission to use his as well. Gerry is one half of the team of bakers at Tree-Top Baking in Clinton, Washington, and a talented photographer. Consider yourself warned, you are entering browse-at-your-own-risk territory! Thank you, Gerry!
I forgot to ask Mark what percentage of whole wheat he put in his dough but I am pretty sure it was substantial as the flavor of the crust was deep and complex. I have asked for the formula and I'll post it if/when I get it. Meanwhile, enjoy!
- The Grain Gathering 2014: In the garden of Eden
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I love to watch professionals score their proofed loaves. It always reminds me of dancing. The movement starts before the lame (or blade) even touches the dough. As Richard explains in his book, "Ideally, the motion is continuous, with the moving blade cutting neatly through the dough and continuing on its trajectory." Another baker I know phrased it differently but the idea is the same: "The lame has to hit the ground running!"
The bread was 40% whole wheat. As you can see from the images below, it turned out beautifully even though it started over-proofing a bit out in the warm air: if you let your dough over-ferment, the yeast uses up all the sugar and there will be no caramelization. So the proofing baskets had to be carried back all the way through the orchards to the retarder in the lab and brought back out again when the oven reached the right temperature. Fermentation does go more quickly with whole grain (the bread was 40% whole wheat), a wet dough (hydration was at 82-85%) and warmer temperatures.
Richard uses a garden mister to steam his oven. Someone asked how much steam to use. The answer: "You know there is enough steam when you can no longer keep your hand inside the oven to add more!" It is important to bake in a humid environment because the bread expands more, the score marks open more fully and you get a really good color with shine. If you bake at home and don't have a wood-fired oven, Richard recommends using a cast-iron combo cooker or to bake on a hearth stone or a sheet pan with a large metal bowl inverted over your loaf for the first twenty minutes.
For those of us who can't get to his classes, Richard mentioned he had a video out on Craftsy, Hand-made Sourdough - From starter to baked loaf. I haven't seen it yet.
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Here is how to make the mini cinnamon rolls-on-a-stick:
Preheat oven to 350° and grease 24 mini muffin tins.
Roll out a 1 pound piece of dough (master, brioche, challah, whole wheat, buttermilk or any of your favorites will work).
It should be about 1/4″ thick and as rectangular as you can manage.
Sprinkle on a generous amount of brown sugar(about 1/2 cup) and sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon. Make sure you get right to the edges, but leave a 1/2″ along one of the long edges. Roll the dough into a log starting at the long edge.
Seal the log by pinching the dough along the seam.
Stretch the dough until it is just thicker than a broom stick.
Snip off 3/4″ discs with a pair of kitchen scissors.
Place in a well greased mini-muffin tin. Let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from pan immediately before the caramel hardens. Makes about 24 mini cinnamon rolls.
To celebrate the Fair put the cinnamon rolls on wooden skewers and drizzle with icing. (I just mixed together powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream until it was as thick as cake batter.)
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