Autumn is Sourdough Time

I fed Sedrick-the-sourdough-starter the other day, coaxed him back into action, and he produced a few bouncy loaves of bread. Kept one to eat right away, and froze the other for later in the week. As it happened, later in the week was two days later, which I reckon is (technically) later in the week. I…

The Ultimate Scone Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

This is not my recipe, so I’ll not take any credit for it. It is however one of the best that I’ve stumbled over, so I thought you’d like to know about it. It’s called Ultimate Scones, and it’s at the BBC Good Food website. And here’s the way they look when you’ve baked them!

International Scones Week

I baked scones for International Scones Week. That’s not to say that I baked them during International Scones Week. Last week was manic; the scones had to wait for me to breathe. Sunday morning was calm enough for the occasion, so here’s my contribution to Celia’s annual event. Photos of the participants’ scones are at…

Yorkshire Pudding with Sausage and Bean Casserole

How To Feed Two Hungry Bears It wasn’t planned, losing a few pounds. We suffered a bit with a tummy bug, and then it took about a week before either of us really felt an urge to eat winterish food. But when it happened, when we finally regained our appetite, we were like two starving…

How To Make Sourdough Starter and Sourdough Bread

SOURDOUGH STARTER AND SOURDOUGH BREAD After the kitchen renovation, and long months without any refrigeration or power, I was certain that Sedrick-the-Sourdough-Starter was gummy history. I couldn’t interest him in anything; nothing brought a rise out of the boy. I couldn’t stand the idea of chucking him out though, so I stuck a bit of…

In My Kitchen: December 2013

In My Kitchen this month is: The resurrection of Sedrick-the-Sourdough-Starter. He is producing splendid, lofty, highly flavoured bread. I’m so proud of the little guy!! In My Kitchen is another loaf of Danish-style dark sourdough rye bread for Peder’s Danish sandwiches. It’s a huge batch of dough that weighs nearly a kilo, takes about 3…

The Oven and Three Bears

My new AEG oven has a mind of its own. It’s like a character in a fairy tale; happily not a Grimm one. I played with Sedrick-the-Sour-Dough-Starter the other day, and baked bread. Three times, actually. My bread prefers conventional oven heat, not the fan. So I experimented with several “True Fan” settings and temperatures,…