Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sourdough Adventures

A couple of days ago I finally successfully made a loaf of whole wheat sourdough french bread from my homemade starter. I have been wanting to add more fermented foods to our families diet. A few weeks ago I watched a you tube video explaining how a friend of mine makes sourdough bread at home (which is a fermented food).


My husband said that he wanted me to start making it too. SO I set out on an adventure to create sourdough bread. I read a lot about making a sourdough starter and watched several you tube videos too. Here are couple of the videos that inspired me.

how to make your own starter
 
how to make sourdough bread (very cool)

Once I watched the last video I though "I can do this, it is so simple. Just flour and water!" So I whipped up some flour and water, covered it with a muslin type cloth and set it outside. I "fed" the starter every 12 hours. This was my first starter...it was fermenting and growing yeast but I was not able to make a successful loaf of bread from it. I ended up scorching it in my oven. I had forgot that I was storing my starter in the oven and turned it on to bake something else...oops. Oh well. I started another one just last week. Same process, just flour and water. It took about a week to really start bubbling and smelling fermented.

I tried a couple of times to make bread with it but without success. What was the problem? My yeast was obviously growing but my dough would only rise 1x. Since I was using whole wheat flour I decided that I should probably add some vital wheat gluten. SO on my 3rd attempt at making bread I finally succeeded.
 
We ate it with dinner that night...so good!
 
Here is a link to the recipe I used . I adapted it to use whole wheat flour. Today I am trying to make whole wheat french bread again but this time without the vital wheat gluten. I really hope it turns out. I have also been making sourdough pancakes which are really good and I hope to be able to make some yummy sourdough cinnamon rolls too. You can make anything with a sourdough starter, so why not try to make your own?
 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mary's 1st Birthday!

Last weekend we celebrated Guinevere turning 7 at a friend's house. I baked a smash cake for Mary to have at Guinevere's party just so that everyone could see it. I love 1st birthdays, and I love baking smash cakes. I have made a smash cake for every one of my kids on their first birthday. I just wouldn't have it any other way! Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting...that makes for some good pictures! Here are some photos from the smashing and also from the little birthday celebration we had on her actual birthday a couple days ago.

 

Smash Cake

 1 candle that Silas ended up blowing out
 
  just starting out
 
still working on it
Almost DONE! 
 

Birthday

Guinevere made Mary's birthday cake
she did a great job with the frosting
 
 happiness 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Guinevere turns 7

 
Where has the time gone? I remember squeezing her precious baby cheeks. Well she is hardly a baby anymore, Guinevere turned 7 yesterday! She has become a huge help to me this past year. It is amazing to watch her grow and mature becoming a young lady. She is very clever and sweet. I am so blessed to be her mama. Just last week she was the flower girl in our friend's wedding. She was so happy to be apart of such a special occasion. It made me think of the day that she will be getting married, it will be here before I know it. But for now I will cherish the time I have with her. She wanted me to make her a Hawaiian pizza and a pumpkin pie for her special birthday dinner. Yummy!

 First thing in the morning we all helped blow up balloons :)
 Mary loves balloons
 
Guinevere was chewing a giant mouth full of bubble gum first thing in the morning.
 the birthday princess is ready to open her present
 homemade Hawaiian style pizza
pumpkin pie...silly girl