More Wildness: Lame Fun with Layering

Pascual Method Robed BreadSourdough September summary: ; playing with our new lame; attempt at recreating Josep Pascual’s robed bread; dough a variation on Tartine bread; adding a topping of sunflower seeds, pepitas, and sesame seeds to the inner layer; shaping went quite well; scoring fractionally improved; an entry for Sourdough September;

After looking at fabulously scored loaf after fabulously scored loaf on FB, YouTube, and library books, I couldn’t wait to try again.
– me, blog from OUR kitchen | Lame Scoring Continues (Sourdough September 2020)

One sort of decorative scoring that Scott D (Scott’s Various Sh*t) linked to in the BBBabes’ FB group was particularly intriguing.

My latest loaf taught me an interesting technique. When forming the loaf put aside a bit of the dough. Roll it out. Form the loaf and roll the top in seeds. I used Everything bagel seasoning. Then put the rolled out dough over it and do final rise in the fridge. This gives it kind of a double crust on top and the seeds and especially the garlic don’t burn. The original had you oil the underside, which then keeps the layers separate. Then when scored with a rose pattern the top layer curls up. Mine is the first. The second is the inspiration. I forgot the oil which was a good thing. And the bread is delicious.
– Scott D, FB | Bread Baking Babes and Friends – 7 September 2020
I found this layering technique at the joyosity Instagram account who got it from the ana_is_baking Instagram account. Who got it from the Sourdough_Nouveau (Lisa Clayton) instagram account.
– Scott D, FB | Bread Baking Babes and Friends: 9 September

lievito naturale: Pane Foderato Spicchi
lievito naturale: Pane Foderato Spicchi
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Have You Tried Kulcha? They’re Wild! (BBB September 2020)

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Sourdough September BBB September 2020 - Let's Keep Baking summary: recipe for Wild Kulcha; playing with the recipe (as usual); once again wildly divergent; because they’re round, eggs are similar to matar (peas), aren’t they? …information about Bread Baking Babes; information about Sourdough September;

Bread Baking Babes (BBB): Matar or Chola Kulcha

I can’t believe we forgot to get out our beautiful thali dishes!
– both of us, 14/09/2020

Chole Kulcha

Not long after we were married – way back in the last century, my sister took us to Indiatown to get us our very own thali dishes. She gave us four beautiful stainless steel thalis as well as eight matching katoris (two sizes) to go with them. We LOVE them. We often use the katoris. But the thalis are hidden under the salad bowl. But not THAT hidden.

I really don’t know what possessed us not to bring them out for this month’s BBB kulcha extravaganza.

Yes! Aparna (My Diverse Kitchen) chose not just Indian bread but also offered us wonderful savoury accompaniments for us to prepare this month. Apparently, Matar or Chole Kulcha is a common street food in New Delhi. And I gather kulcha is also often served for breakfast with chole (chickpea curry) in Amritsar.

Set in the interiors of Old Delhi in the labyrinth of tiny passages is a man sitting with an arsenal of masalas around him busy stirring his art in a cauldron surrounded by local crowd relishing every bite of it. He scoops out chole from a copper vessel, tops it with aloo and masala (the red spicy concentration with a choice of less, medium, or “at your own risk”). Then, he adds to it a spoonful of aamchur-chutney, a sprinkle of garam masala and a garnish of hara dhanya (coriander), mooli (white raddish) and finely chopped ginger to top it off, placed along side a pair of fluffy kulcha.
– Ankita Bindal,
NDTV Food | Lotan Chole Kulche: An Old Delhi Delicacy Cherished by Street Food Lovers

Amritsar’s narrow lanes are easily navigated on cycle-rickshaw, but can be extremely confusing for tourists. These lanes contain hidden gems, old stories and most importantly some amazing food. I remember my first trip to Amritsar was in 2011. I went straight to the Golden Temple, saw the amazing beauty of it, had the kada prasad from its massive kitchen and came out into the narrow lanes to explore the essence of Amritsar.
      Amritsar is, without doubt, the food capital of Punjab. One of the most famous forms of street food in Amritsar is the Amritsari Kulcha. These are stuffed mashed potatoes inside a naan, cooked till it’s crispy, enjoyed hot with LOTS of butter on top. […] It can simply be cooked on a tawa or a tandoor and perhaps this was the reason it was so famous from masses to classes. Other variants of this have fresh or dry fruits, with meat or gobhi (cauliflower). A modern day version also has soya powder stuffing. Kulchas are also famous in Peshawar, Kashmir and of course saddi Dilli.
      The history of kulchas goes back to the Mughals and Nizams. Khansamas during Shah Jahan’s time used to stuff kulchas with vegetables and they made it popular in the darbar. It was so tasty that it became the official bread for breakfast or lunch by the time Shah Jehan took to the throne.
– Sadaf, Food and Streets | Hidden Secrets of Amritsari Kulcha

When I asked T about kulcha, he was surprised to report that he didn’t remember ever having seen it or tried it in the ten years he lived in India.

Both of us adore naan. The difference between naan and kulcha seems somewhat similar to the difference between fougasse (baked on a stone) and focaccia (baked on a bed of olive oil).

Aparna informed us that kulcha not only contains butter, but is cooked on a bed of butter as well. Did someone say butter? Lots of butter?

We couldn’t wait!!

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Lame Scoring Continues

Tartine Bread CrumbSourdough September summary: surprise package; new lame handle; still struggling with scoring; our Jane Mason starter is over 3 years old and still going strong; the bread tastes great; brief review of “Super Sourdough” by James Morton; information about Sourdough September;

Look what arrived in the mail as a surprise for me from T!! :-)

Galley Wood Straight Lame Handle

Don’t get me wrong. I still love our popsicle stick handled lame and it will remain on display. But this new handle really is superior. It has been sanded smoothly; it’s easy to open and shut (as long as my thumbnail has been trimmed neatly and recently); it fits perfectly into the front pocket of our mandolin bag.

Straight Lame Handle Storage

One of the biggest advantages of this new wooden handle is that there is no chance of the handle hitting the bread as it is being scored. (This has been a problem with the popsicle stick handled straight lame.)

After looking at fabulously scored loaf after fabulously scored loaf on FB, YouTube, and library books, I couldn’t wait to try again. (continue reading )