Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Applesauce and Sourdough

Sunday, this all started.  Day 4 is today for me starting a sourdough starter and I just divided it for the second time.  I am using the instructions on The Fresh Loaf which I came across from Chocolate & Zucchini.  I have always loved ‘real’ bread ever since I was in high school and went to Italy and had un-Wonder bread for the first time.  I like a good crusty bread you have to chew.  

DSCN0664 Actually, these are the twins.  I was suppose to throw out half on Day 3, but I couldn’t bear to part with half.  So I had two going.  But today I did throw out half.  So I still have twins.  I might be giving myself bad luck by having two starters in case something goes wrong.

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But they were bubbling nicely yesterday.  Today is the deal breaker.  Just divided and added more ‘food’ and will see how long it takes for it to double again.  I want to learn to do bread.  I had so-so results (better than other loaves in the past) with the no-knead bread, but I want to really make a great, crusty loaf of sourdough bread.  What interested me was as I read some of the instructions were two things - (1) I need to get scales in order to weigh out my ingredients and (2) I started my starter with rye flour.

And while I was in a ‘domestic diva’ mode yesterday (and the girls were still sleeping in), I used several of the apples I had from this big box of apples I had and made applesauce.

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This is cooked and run through a sieve.  I got the recipe from the book Homesteading by Abigail Gehring.

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The apples were all Fuji and still crisp and tart.  And the applesauce was to die for.  I made 3 pints and a bit.  The bit disappeared.

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I might be tempted to save one until this October and enter it into the fair.  We will see.

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Now for the rest of today it’s sewing, sewing and then sewing.  I have to finished up the bodice, do the sleeves and have Savvy try it all on so I can mark the hem.  Then it will all be handwork.  And scheming about the Spanish Surcote I want to make to go with it.

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