Sourdough

Who knew sourdough bread was so hard??? I’ve tried it about half a dozen times or more since the first time I tried it. The first time I tried it, it was flat. The second time the dough didn’t rise for some reason. One time it didn’t look very good but it had the right sour flavor. Then another time it looked great and had the right flavor but it was a little underdone. I’ve baked it in my dutch oven and on our baking stone, with varied results.

I keep trying and reading and trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Recently I did another loaf and tried a different baking method. This is the method I used this time:

The result was pretty good. The rise was nice, there was a great color, the crust was crunchy, it was baked well (maybe slightly overdone) but not sour. UGH! So frustrating. But it did LOOK pretty:

I talked to a friend who does sourdough on the regular and she said that she puts the starter on her counter the day before and feeds it twice, once the morning before she makes it, then again that night. She said that will make it more sour. So next time, I’m going to try doing it that way and see what happens.

This week I tried again and did a few things differently. First, I weighed the flour when I made the dough and used grams instead of measuring cups. Second, I took my friend’s advice and took the starter out the day before, fed it twice and then made the dough the next morning. Third, I followed the new baking instructions.

The result was great! The bread was a little on the light side color-wise but the inside was fantastic! It was the best loaf I’ve made so far. It didn’t have a super strong sour flavor but the bread was light and airy and fluffy instead of being dense. I was really, really happy with the results.

For dinner, I made tomato bisque and we had the freshly baked bread with it. Fantastic!

On a similar note, I’ve been obsessed with the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It never appealed to me but for some reason I saw a random episode of the new season and I decided to start at the beginning. I loved it! That first season was great and had some really good bakers.

I also love that you learn a lot from the show. They make stuff I’ve never heard of before and it’s interesting to see the methods. I also like that they do a bread episode each season! Listening to the judges critique the breads has been helpful for me recognizing some of the mistakes I’ve been making (not letting it proof long enough, not kneading it enough, etc). Also, it’s nice to watch the show while I wait for Top Chef to come back!

QUESTION: Are you a sourdough baker? Any tips or favorite recipes?

Logan 2.5

Gosh, it’s hard to look at my big boy now and think he was ever this tiny:

I miss those cuddly days! He’s such a big boy now. I mean check this out:

The above photo is his most recent school photo from daycare. I am so glad I got the picture this year. I skipped it last year and regretted it. He looks like such a big kid all of a sudden!

He recently turned 2.5. He’s been growing and learning in leaps and bounds. He’s taller and thinner now. His little baby chubs are starting to disappear (boo). He loves running and climbing and laughing.

This week Logan is moving up to the next room at daycare. When they turn 2.5 they move from the toddler room to the interim room before preschool. It’s basically for 6 months and they focus on structure and potty training. So in a few weeks he will be starting potty training at daycare. I am both excited and terrified of what this means. LOL Especially considering how stubborn my kiddo is…

Logan loves to talk and he talks a lot. It seemed to happen overnight. He went from saying single words to saying sentences and repeating everything we say and actually understanding and remembering stuff. Sometimes he’d say things that just shocked us, too. He surprised us one day by counting to 10 out of the blue! Wow!

The above photo is Logan giving the trees in our neighborhood hugs while we went for a walk.

He’s always been a ham, and he still is. He is the goofiest kiddo and he is really learning how to be funny as a toddler, too.

He has recently discovered movies. Before, he never sat still long enough to do much of anything–he was always running around and playing. Now he is able to focus longer and sit still and actually watch (most of) a movie. His FAVORITE movie is the Lion King. (He didn’t like Aladdin or the Little Mermaid.) He can watch Lion King on a loop. I have no idea why that is his favorite movie but he’s seriously obsessed.

And I can’t take one more viewing. LOL

This weekend I took Logan to Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon to check out the pumpkin patch. It was a quick visit. He loved playing in the little kid’s section and then running around the farm.

He didn’t quite understand the concept of pumpkins yet…but this month at daycare in his new room they are learning about Halloween and pumpkins! I imagine next year will be super fun for him.

Thanks for reading!