Friday, 17 June 2011

Lucretia's last stand...


as you know, Lucretia sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago... and the worst thing about it was that a week before her un-timely demise I think I had finally got to grips with her... anyway, i wasn't going to post this but I thought perhaps I was being fooling not to... so here you go...

as you know I have an on / off relationship with my sourdough... i've been through hundreds of recipes, thousands of trials... i've had the temperature up high... i've had water in the oven to create steam... i've kneaded and then not kneaded and until this morning i've had sourdough that was ok... but not quite right...

... and whilst i'd like to credit one person to my success today I think, to be fair it's been a combination of my original recipe, with Luc's help and more than a little bit of know-how from Ruth... and it seems i'm getting there...


... not quite perfect but now I know what not to do and will adapt next time... my main issue is that my oven only goes to 190c and although it's fan assisted and has never given me any bother baking or roasting anything ever before, it doesn't quite cut the mustard for sourdough...

I used Ruth's brilliant recipe and step-by-step guide which you can see for yourself here but I used a loaf tin and then my original technique of putting it into a cold oven to bake...

... and the result... not quite perfect but I got that glorious combination of soft and chewy inside with a crispy crunchy crust... love it!

eat and of course, enjoy!

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