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Wild Bread Again

May 2008 . August 2008

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Bread made with wild yeast captured last summer, following a recipe in Piano Piano Pieno by Susan McKenna Grant. Ever since last fall, I was having difficulty getting the bread to taste sweet rather than sour. In November, I came closer but it was still unmistakably sour and the bread was only good with very strong stews and hearty soups.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

While the bread was rising, I placed 3 heart shaped cookie cutters on top to etch a design into the bread. Instead of removing them just before baking, I left them there for the first half of the baking and removed them when turning them around to account for uneven heat in the oven. (see the etched stars created on an earlier loaf)

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

The other loaf was slashed with a serrated knife just before being put in the oven.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

We are still having some problems with the oven temperature. I don't know if it is because of fixing the oven or if it is because I have been using silpat rather than parchment paper. Luckily, this darkness does not have any burnt flavour or aroma.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

The bread really was outstanding. Wonderfully crisp and chewy on the outside and light and open-holed inside.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

Closer view of the crumb

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

We sliced the heart stamped bread first, leaving the other loaf intact. Just in case one loaf was enough for six people. Ha. Maybe enough for six regular people but not enough for six hogs. We ended up finishing all but one slice of both loaves. The bread was fabulous with goulash, steamed green beans and beet salad.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

Closer view.

wild yeast bread © ejm May 2008

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Wild Bread Yet Again

May 2008 . August 2008

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When the national newspaper "the Globe & Mail" asked if they could send someone to photograph me making bread, I was thrilled. After waffling around about what kind of bread I'd make, I decided to show off and make wild bread. Deborah Baic arrived at about 10:00am and took many photos as I measured flour, stirred, kneaded and offered previously made multigrain bread. Silly me, I didn't think to ask her if I could see the proofs she took and this is the only online version I have from the day - gleaned from the published article online. It also appeared on the front page of the Life Section.

wild yeast bread © Deborah Baic August 2008 wild yeast bread © Deborah Baic August 2008

photo © DBaic/GlobeAndMail August 2008

This is the photo that appeared on the second page of the article. I was "stretching and folding" the dough.

photo © DBaic/GlobeAndMail August 2008

Closer view

photo © DBaic/GlobeAndMail August 2008

Detail showing multigrain bread and hamburger buns

photo © DBaic/GlobeAndMail August 2008

Deborah couldn't stay (of course) to photograph the resulting bread, nor could she return that evening or the next morning because she (lucky her) was flying to France that evening. Here is the bread that I baked that day:

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

wild yeast bread © ejm August 2008

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