Tartine Testing

Tartine Testing

Started to get back into the rhythm of baking sourdough on the wood fired oven last Thursday; aiming to start a weekly bake for private consumption and possible some farm gate sales – keeping Doughies ticking over during those sleepless nights with the new bairn, and trying to crack the Tartine sourdough recipe.

Couple of pics below; slightly disastrous sticking in the bread baskets – had forgot that this Tartine bread is a fairly wet dough (75% hydration) and accordingly you need to flour your baskets better than normal. We haven’t used our baskets in a while, & mistakingly only floured them minimally, which meant the dough didn’t want to part company from the basket, and so no slashing nor beautiful oven spring. That said despite their looks the taste was pretty good, the crumb was half decent despite the basket manhandling, and will be tweaking things for next weeks bake – failure is good.

Dough divided and resting
Dough divided and resting
8 Lochaber sourdoughs out the oven
8 Lochaber sourdoughs out the oven
Crumb
Crumb

Fort William Food Festival & Potatoes

Abs made it down to the Fort William Food Festival and it was good to see #realbread represented by the Ullapool bakery.  The day was stunning, which was good as whilst Abs was off at the festival, the boys were planting potatoes on the croft – 540 or so now in the ground 🙂

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