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apple starter from pain aux pommes (village baker)

rolls's picture

apple starter from pain aux pommes (village baker)

hi, is anyone familiar with this recipe from the village baker? this is my first try. i made the apple starter: 1 med. sized apple chopped, 3 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp water. so far it is 6 days old. ortiz says to leave it 8 - 10 days. however, i already noticed some furry stuff growing. i tried to remove what i could see, but am i better off throwing it away and starting over again?

has anyone made this bread? appreciate any advice.


LindyD's picture

I don't have the book, Rolls, but Google's book search took me right to the recipe.  My hat is off to anyone who will bake a loaf of bread that takes two weeks to produce!

Apparently the mold/fungus is normal as Oritz says to just remove it and you're good to go so long as you have 3/4 of the mixture left.

Hmmm.  I hope you keep us posted with your progress, and especially the final bread.

rolls's picture

thanks lindyd, will do. i'd go crazy waiting if i didn't have any other breads going on. maybe im feeling a little overconfident? i blame this site coz  before i'd just look and now im actually trying!

thanks hope i have other than disasters to keep you updated!

brotherRob's picture

I actually just made the Village bakers version of the pain aux pommes last week.  I would say to remove the fuzz and follow your nose.

If it smells like beer or hard cider, youre good to go, of not, then you'll want to start over. 

I would also suggest refreshing the water and sugar in the apples. I had a lot of success with the set up of removing a little water, adding some and then adding a pinch of sugar and sturing.

Lastly, the bread needs some extra apple flavour, so I would suggest adding either hard apple cider, apple juice, or apple cider in the last steps insted of some of the water.  I used hard cider and it really helped.

Have Fun!

Brother Rob

rolls's picture

thank you will give it a try on my next batch i gave up on the first  batch as it was way too furry (i did notice a nice scent though - apple ciderish)