Breads

dinner-rolls It's one thing to beat dough and bake it, but letting it rise in the right way is very difficult. I've realized that when one uses a basket as a mold for a loaf the bread is sitting upside down in the basket as the curve of the bottom becomes the upward mound. This distributes the gasses more evenly. The loaves I make tend to be dense on the bottom with large air pockets at the top. So with these little dinner rolls I let them rise right side up for a bit, then I flipped them upside down and let them rise some more, then I flipped them again right side up onto the baking sheet. It seems that making bread, which can only be described as an arcane art, is composed of all sorts of small bits of practical knowledge like this.

With the flour I ground I'm making some sourdough. I'm going to build it up over several days to get a very ripe and tangy flavor.

sourdough-first-step