Daily Archives: Saturday, 6 October 2018

What? No Pictures?? – Thanksgiving Fare

summary: nope, no pictures; bread for sandwiches; how to tell if your wild starter is ready; bubbles are NOT the key; float test is essential; substitutions in “punkin pie”; who says you can’t have pie for breakfast?

Before we had the camera, I didn’t let lack of images stop me from droning on. So, now that we have the camera, why should that change? So. Images or not, drone on, I will – me, blog from OUR kitchen, 15 December 2009

Late last night, I built up our Jane Mason whole wheat starter to mix Tartine bread today. Because tomorrow is Thanksgiving Dinner. Which means that the Monday is (yay my favourite!!) Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich Day.

J’adore Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner sandwiches (almost exactly the same as Leftover Christmas Dinner sandwiches), with their filling of roast chicken (not turkey – ew!), dressing, oven-roasted parsnips, cranberry sauce, and curly kale salad (if there’s any left over). Oh, yes, and don’t forget to add a little mustard mayonnaise on the buttered bread….

But, I’m losing track of why I’m at the keyboard. This morning, I pulled the leaven out of the oven with only the light turned on to see that it was bubbly. And a little bit concave on the surface.

I was pretty sure that it would NOT float.

I finally understood that I needed to do the Float Test. This was really brought home to me a couple of weeks ago when one of my sisters was visiting. I was showing off to her about how essential the Float Test is. After we admired the starter wildly bubbling, I filled a small bowl with water and proudly said, “watch!” as I dropped a bit from a fork into the water. Being the expert that I am, I was positive it was going to float. The starter immediately sank like a stone. I couldn’t have been more surprised! […]
All this time, because of relying on my eyes and looking for bubbles galore, it turns out that I was letting the starter overfeed.
– me, blog from OUR kitchen | Wild Bread Notes (or… KISS)
[It] might be the case that your starter is rising, but you’re not there to see it. If you feed at night, it might be rising up while you’re asleep, and by morning it has fallen again, so it looks the same.
– Donna Currie, Serious Eats | Sourdough Starter Frequently Asked Questions

This cannot be reiterated enough in our kitchen. (continue reading )