This is not an ordinary cheese and pickle baguette, this is a home-made sourdough baguette. The first successful bread we made.
A couple of weeks ago two architects moved into our office, I got talking to them and soon we discovered our mutual love of sourdough bread. It turned out that they have a 9 year old starter and make proper bread at home. I tried to make a starter last summer but failed. Later on that day they made me toast with home-made plum jam (one of them has got an allotment in High Gate) the bread was delicious, close enough to my very favorite bread from Gail’s, the jam was amazing too. I was determined to give it a go.
So to my delight the next day I was given a bit of their starter and a book to get my head around bread making. They also gave me a bunch of very good tips:
- in order to create steam in the oven for good crust, get a squirter for the oven walls and a ‘bath’ to put on a shelf
- get a stone instead of a baking sheet
- get a proofing basket
We had a go earlier this week and made pain de campagne. It was good, but it needed more salt and more kneading.
It was way better than any bread we baked before but we realised we have to keep making it till we are happy.
Yesterday we decided it was the time to make sourdough baguettes, we chose the recipe from Chocolate and Zucchini. It took about 17 hours but the baguettes turned out really well. Actually, they were amazing. It’s a really straight forward process with a lot of proofing time in between including a 12 hour rise in the fridge.
So we are hooked. I fed my starter again and in few days time we can bake again.
I also baked some sweet buns.
M planted some herbs: basil, oregano and dill.
I sorted out the freezer.
Whenever I buy fresh herbs I only keep a small bunch in a glass with water and freeze the rest for future use. I usually toss them into sandwich bags which is not a great idea as the sizes are uneven and they spill. The solution to this are small take-away containers which will keep my herbs neatly. I even wrote names of the herbs on the boxes, I know, I am sad. Soon enough though I will have my own herb garden.