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Thank you, LL, for sharing the formula!  

 

 

 

Holy moly! Almost used the black cardamom...

  

 

Only a tiny pod is needed...

  

 

The dough smells like perfume! 100% pre-fermented.

 

 

 

Would have been more aesthetic if flax seeds are used but I only have flax meal.

 

 

 

 

Puffy...but I might have rushed the bake - could have let it ferment a bit longer...

  

 

My little helper...

  

 

Too tired to create steam tonight, a big bowl comes handy...

 

 

  

Brushed with melted butter

Need to further experiment with the oven temperature with another bake

I enjoy the shortcut of getting 8 rolls out of one shaping

 

 

 

 

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We pour our heart and soul in the dough.  Every loaf is a love story.

You will know how much I miss you when you receive my bread...

 

 

 

Sending mommy's love with the taste of home...

 

Rye crisps made with Stan's honey flax seed crisp bread formula (modified procedures and ingredients)

100% pre-fermented, whole rye 74% , AP14% , WW12%

86% hydration including 9% honey

1.2% salt

7% milk powder

12% each: chia seeds and flax meal

sesame seeds and extra rye flour to coat

dough rolled out by Kitchen Aid pasta attachment

375F x 15ish mins

 

 

 

Mommy's favorite...

 

 

 

Don't forget to call...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember mommy...

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                                                       Where there's a will, there's a way.

 

 

 

Fingers crossed...

 

 

 

 

Looking good...BUT

 

 

 

  

 

I took the dough out of the Pullman too soon and it collapsed in the oven...

Well, lots of altus for future bakes

 

 

 

one more try...

 

 

 

 

Docking with bamboo skewers made BIG holes...

 

  

 

 

 

65% rye @85% hydration

 

  

100% pre-fermented

starters: WW 7%, Rye 25%

levain: whole rye 18%, rye flakes(porridge) 22%, Giusto Ultimate Performer - highest protein flour 28%

 

20% each: double raisins and walnut

salt 2.2%

IDY 0.3%

 

Proof 

Retard @39F x 3.5 hrs

 

Bake 

395F x 1.25 hrs in Pullman with lid

395F x .25 hr out of Pullman

 

  

 

 

 

An extra loaf goes to Arizona - hope all is well...

 

 

 

 

 

Re-bake to perfect the loaf...

 

  

 

 

 

 

No docking this time to avoid messing up the surface...

Longer retarded proof:  36F x 6 hours

 

 

  

 

 

 Very pleased, pretty inside and out...

 

 

 

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Dear friends:

Just wanted to let you know that despite my life has been upside down lately, I'm still hanging in there and trying to bake when I can...

 

 

So you know I have not given up baking yet...

 

I've been so busy lately that I'm only getting a couple hours of sleep every day

 

Full post to come, probably much, much later...

 

 

💡💡💡 moments, things have come together...

 

15% pre-fermented, 70% hydration...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hands shook - my kids were rushing me to get the photo shoot done so they could start eating...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch up with you later,  I'll be back...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, my magic wands from France...Can't wait to try them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same formula @ 66% hydration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes! Baby! I am happy with a 66% hydration baguette like this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic! Baby! I like the shaping! @ 64% hydration...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delicious bread!  Thank you, Ian!

 

 

 

Making bread with durum flour, potatoes, and cheese - new experience to me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are big fans of your delicious bread, Ian!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crumb shot...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to make a sandwich, but the pan-fried croquettes are too big...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End-of-summer dinner...

 

School starts tomorrow.  WE are ready for the challenges of the new school year...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast for the boys: Potato bread + bacon potato soup...Yum Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ha! I spy with my little eye...

 

 

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It was a super busy weekend: I was also making a few other things besides Joze's cranberry tarragon bread...

 

 

Homemade taco styled by my younger son...

It's super delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making tortillas is a no-brainer - so much easier than making bread...

I follow a simple corn tortilla recipe from the New York Times...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 - 35g each seems to be the perfect size...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First tortilla from my new tortilla press! Fun! Fun! Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying out the workflow suggested by Ian (for pizza), which requires an extra step of trimming parchment paper; I was too stressed out to do the extra work last time...Besides,  I'm a bit SO confused here樂樂樂...Is the paper supposed to go onto the stone?  If not, then it defeats the purpose of using it樂樂樂...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, I do it anyways...The paper is scorched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, there's a slight problem - the paper is so brittle that it turns into ashes if not handled carefully.  Then some of the ashes stick to the tortillas...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armenian meat pie and French Pissaladière - we're having an international cuisine day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mix of meat is also perfect for burgers...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess how many onions are used here?  Four big ones!  Most of them shrink and disappear in front of my eyes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must remember to get the right type of anchovies next time because the fillets in one of the cans are really mushy...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My elder son made me this soft-boiled egg...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don't just eat, eat, eat...

 

 

We do try to enjoy the outdoors before the summer is over...

 

 

 

 

Santa Cruz, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little kid who once called me "evil mom"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did summer go by so fast?

 

 

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What a sweet man...

 

 

 

 

We put our hearts and souls in the dough....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most beautiful and romantic dough I've ever worked with...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like a girl's dream...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So charming! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So refreshing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every loaf is a love story...

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vibrant colors, soft crumb...very comforting; the tartness of cranberries, complimented by the aroma of tarragon,  pops up every now and then as surprises...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet, the crust is crackly...

 

Best of both worlds - all in one loaf...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How happy Joze's wife must be, what a sweet man he is, what a day in Slovenia is like?....I'm thinking about all this while enjoying a slice of Joze's cranberry tarragon bread...

 

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Another fun-filled weekend... Thank you again, Sjadad and Ian, couldn't have done it without your help and inspiration!

 

 

Now we are talking about REAL pizzas...from my grill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While waiting for my new toy, I built a 60% hydration "00" starter with my yeast water.  Getting smarter this time, I did not mix by hand, Zo's doing the work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In and out of the fridge and the proofer, it took four days to mature, just in time for the weekend pizza event...

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time the pizza dough consists of 100% "00" flour (60% pre-fermented), 60% hydration, 2% salt, 0.6% commercial yeast, 2 TBS garlic oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have avoided using commercial yeast in baking because its fast action stresses me.  I usually need to "buy" time by using my yeast water or starters.  If I'm making pizza regularly, I'll need to get used to the timing of commercial yeast and learn to manipulate it as well.  This time, I let the dough ferment in the proofer for 2.5 hours before retarding it for another 10 hours in the fridge until I'm ready to shape the pies.  This schedule works out quite well for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza pans!!!

 

Just wish I could get the aluminum ones that are used in a pizzeria...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the amount of cornmeal I POURED on the pans, you can tell how concerned I am about sticky dough...

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper bowls greased with oil...What am I doing with them? You'll see in a minute...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacking the pans in the fridge to rest the dough while I'm working on the toppings...Finding space in the fridge is quite a challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotating the pizza pan as I work on the dough makes shaping easier; besides, I am "experienced" now...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Margherita - using sauce frozen from last time...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Italian sausage...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken bacon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for the grill...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More cornmeal on my new peel...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loading dough #1  - safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loading dough #2  - safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loading dough #3  - safe! What a relief! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 My first pizza on the grill, a historic moment!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First pizza done! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second pizza done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third pizza done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not a pizza expert, so I don't know what the "nerds" look for in a crumb shot, but I take one anyways...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evenly browned, crisp crust - the best part of the pie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom crust of another pizza...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my new toy! I'd say this is a keeper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dough spinners - another toy that didn't make it to the first shipment; will find out if they are any good - soon!

 

 

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Thank you guys, Sjadad and Ian!!  

 

 

 

Now I can say I've made pizza!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying the "00" flour everyone is talking about...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dough consists of:  Sjadad's 60% hydration, .6% yeast, 2% salt; Ian's  rye/ww...

 

 

 

 

 

 

My tweaks: SD Rye...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SD WW...

 

 

 

 

 

and garlic oil made in the microwave.

 

 

 

 

I mixed the dough at midnight and it went straight to the fridge...

 

 

 

 

 

Barely any signs of activity when I wake up in the morning...So I move it to the proofer and go on to do my things: swimming, running errands etc...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four hours later when I get home, the dough has doubled...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dough is very supple, like a baby...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scaled, 275g each...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flattened...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bagged and go into the freeze because I need to go out again...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken bacon topping...Costco chicken tenderloin, salt and pepper, cornstarch,  LOTS of green onions, and LOTS of bacon, my kids' favorite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the freezer, the dough has been waiting on the counter for 4 hours....

Making the toppings and sauce takes quite some time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting up the stones and pre-heating the oven to 550F... and this time I don't have any starters or paper plate in it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to shape the dough...then I realize I don't know how!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a rolling pin ?! Like making a pie crust???樂樂樂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son has started nibbling the creamy and tasty mozzarella di buffala... Got to use it before it's all gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first "pizza" - pizza Margherita!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINK, Yippee, THINK!  You've got to make a "proper" pizza!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure if this is the right procedure, but I do it anyways...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loaded with toppings, making sure there's enough protein in every bite for my two teenage boys...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More cheese on top to bind...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first REAL pizza - chicken bacon pizza!  

 

 

 

95% "00" flour, 2.5% SD Rye, 2.5% SD WW, .6% yeast, 2% salt, 2 TBSP garlic oil

 

 

 

 

Can't wait to make my pizzas on the grill! My new toy is on its way...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn't the mint beautiful? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado cucumber mint soup...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very delicious! Thank you for sharing, Ian!

 

 

My friends from the east coast are visiting with their family.  We last saw each other seven years ago and we're all excited about the reunion.  Our kids have grown so much since then, and we, the parents, are getting old...

 

I spent days to prepare for today's BBQ and I can't tell you how exhausted I am right now.  But it's all worth it because all of us will treasure the memories of our wonderful time together. And I miss them already...

 

I made Ian's onion hamburger buns for the BBQ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very, very delicious buns... My only complaint:  Mine are not as pretty as Ian's...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus - one of the veggies of our grilled ratatouille...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finger-licking Mediterranean grilled lamb chops...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone loved it!  I gave myself an "A" ! 

 

 

 

 

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