13 February 2013
08 February 2013
recipe anymore. My freezer always has pretzels in it. I am not complaining.)
This week, my oven has not seen the likes of a single pretzel. In truly unusual fashion, I deviated from what has become my bread norm--pretzel-making, obviously--in favor of something different, which is, in fact, probably quite normal in terms of at-home bread baking: I made actual sourdough loaves.
Wanting to find a recipe for a hearty, whole wheat, sandwich-style loaf, I found that this recipe for Sourdough Honey-Whole Wheat Bread (over at Heartland Renaissance) quite fit the bill. I adapted it ever-so-easily to suit my vegan needs, using almond milk for dairy milk, milled flax seed and water for eggs, vegan margarine for butter, and agave nectar and molasses for honey. Although my resulting loaves were not nearly as perfect as Sarah's--I let my unbaked loaves over-rise, which yielded rather flat tops--the bread's tender crumb was more than acceptable. I had expected the density that so often results from bread made without refined flour (such as this one), but instead discovered a measure of lightness that made up for the disappointing unevenness of my misshapen top crusts.
The actual flavor also surprised me. Having expected the amount of sweetness from the agave and molasses to mask any trace of sourdough, I was pleasantly surprised by the noticeable tangy bite the bread retained; it makes me oddly happy to be reminded of my ability to keep my sourdough not only alive, but appropriately sour. There was a slight sweetness to offset the sourness, the interplay amounting to flavorful bread. I couldn't ask for a more satisfying conclusion to another bread baking session.
06 February 2013
Time goes by and the cooking never stops.
|Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky.|
|Tempeh Meatloaf and Golden Gravy from the Real Food Daily cookbook.|
|Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillows from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.|
|One batch of so, so many.|
There has been no shortage of adventuring, either.
|Low-fuss camping in Big Sur.|
|First sandwich break of a three-day cycling trip along the California coast.|
|Expert packing of a weekend supply of PB&J sandwiches, made from an entire loaf of sprouted-grain bread.|
Here's to more time spent doing the things we love with the people we love.