Archive for June, 2009

Detmolder 90% Rye Bread

Posted in Recipes on June 16, 2009 by cbucholz

I recently received a comment on one of my posts from a reader who desperately wanted to make a bread with 100% rye flour: “Oh, how I wish that I could bake rye. Rye, true 100% rye, just eludes me and always comes out with a dense, compact (but not rock-hard) crumb.” So, I went to work trying to find a 100% rye recipe that would not be ‘dense’ and ‘compact’. I re-learned and discovered a lot of interesting things about rye, mainly from Jeffrey Hamelman’s Bread. I’ll share a bit with you … it’s important to understand the unique qualities of rye in order to produce rye breads of high quality.

Detmolder Rye 1

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Mom’s Sourdough Waffles (or Pancakes)

Posted in Recipes on June 13, 2009 by cbucholz

When I was a child my mom would make sourdough waffles most weekends. They were always light and airy, soft on the inside, but with a good golden crust, and perfect with some maple syrup and butter. She started her sourdough starter before I can remember, carefully maintaining it for many years. It was an integral part of her kitchen and our family’s weekly bread. It was and still is (Mom is still quite the baker) a unique starter, fed with milk and white flour instead of water. It has a pleasantly tangy flavor and is perfect for sourdough waffles. My own starter now is the child of my mom’s. I took a bit from hers a few years back and made it my own, feeding it with water instead of milk and coaxing from it many loaves of bread. I like it this way. A bit of Mom’s love and care is in each of my loaves.

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Sprouted Wheat Sourdough

Posted in Recipes on June 2, 2009 by cbucholz

I opened my cabinet this past weekend to peruse what pantry items I had on hand and was greeted by jars and jars of grains … brown rice, wild rice, millet, quinoa, bulgur, rye berries, hard winter wheat berries, soft wheat berries … the list could go on. I felt pleased seeing all of those jars in a neat row, but I also felt a little like a squirrel, hoarding tasty treats for leaner days. I decided that I needed to use up some of my stores and searched for some bread recipes to do so.

Sprouted Wheat Sourdough

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