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AnnieT

extra starter

Today I had time to "play" and an excess of discarded sourdough starter so I decided to see what I could come up with. I took a cup of starter, a cup of warm water a "dollop" of oil, two teaspoons of kosher salt, four cups of flour (half ap, half bread flour) and a scant 1/2 tspn of instant yeast. Mixed this in the Bosch until the dough came away from the sides, then let it double in an oiled bowl. Shaped it into two short baguettes which proofed for about 40 minutes, then I baked them on a heated sheet pan under the base of an oblong roaster which I removed after 15 minutes. Then I rotated the pan and baked them for another 15 minutes, to 205*. The loaves rose well and the crust was quite crisp. The crumb was very soft and none-holey, and it would make perfect sandwich rolls ( hero?) I live in a retirement community and I think this will be my "gift" bread from now on - that way I won't have to worry about people coping with crusty bread. I did take pictures and hopefully will figure out how to share them one day, A.

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MaryinHammondsport

Annie, great work. I have copied your "recipe" and will give it a try myself. Not that we need more bread goodies around here. But perhaps next door -- with 2 growing men.

Have you looked under FAQ for instructions on how to post pictures? If you have and are still baffled, maybe I can talk you through it. Daughter Elizabeth talked me through it when she was last home, and I even remembered how all by myself. I'd be glad to help, but check the FAQ first.

Mary

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AnnieT

Mary, thank you for that kind offer. I printed out the FAQ from TFL and read it and tried, but I don't really understand some of the terms used. I have photos stored in FinePixViewer and I can email them to friends - but not to TFL. Very frustrating. I don't understand how to pick a photo and transfer it, and it is probably really simple. I hear there are some computer savvy people here in the park and I should bribe somebody to help me. Maybe a loaf? Grandgirls are coming to stay the night and I think I will make pizza. The seven year old has decided to become a vegetarian which limits the selection - they love my pasta with tomato sauce and tuna and black olives and I suppose she could have pasta and sauce, no tuna. Tricky. Hope you like the "discard" bread, A.

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MaryinHammondsport

Well, let me do some thinking and writing here, and I'll be back to you.

A question about Finepixviewer, with which I am not familiar: Are the photos stored on your computer? I assume they are, because you can send them to friends via e-mail.

It's really a fairly simple process, but it is multi-step and if you don't do each step correctly, you don't go anywhere. I think we can make it work. If not, we will ask Floyd or else I will sic Eliz. Shipp onto you. She can teach anyone anything with regard to computers.

Mary