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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Journey To Sourdough Bread Thanks To Octoberfarm

there it is...one week in the making...and it wouldn't be here if it wasn't for OCTOBERFARM. we all know blogging is FUN...but this was REALLY fun. but it did have it's moments...i would be lying if i said it was easy. it wasn't. and i almost gave up... more than once...i tried making sourdough bread a couple of years ago and i failed, miserably. and i have never tried again. until now...and it is because i had a very PATIENT and WONDERFUL teacher. Octoberfarm.
it all started one week ago...making a "seed culture". you feed it every day for 4 to 5 days depending on how bubbly it is getting...and i was pretty lucky with the heat wave...the culture loved the warm...i let it bask in the sun on the farm table for days....feeding it....loving it..although there was a couple of days that i lost interest...the bread at the bakery looked really good this morning..what am i doing? nope...i am sticking with this...i am not giving up. i want to make my own sourdough bread. right here in Farmhouse Kitchen.

after you have made the "seed culture" you turn it into a starter or barm...and let that go overnight in the fridge...


and then the bread making begins...i ran out of flour right in the middle of making the bread and had to run to the organic hippie store around the corner...i hoped this wasn't a bad sign....




it wasn't bad luck....this dough looks beautiful...i cut it in half




and rolled it into two balls....





put it to sleep last night in the fridge...and this morning was BAKE DAY. i have admit i was nervous...after a week's worth of work i hoped it would turn out...and with the help and encouragement of Octoberfarm... it did.





last night's line-up. 2 bowls of bread and a bowl of starter...gave me a good excuse for cleaning out the fridge







and there it is...i might have let it go about 5 minutes too long...but i think this is a process...learning the bread and how your oven works. i know mine does run hot. so i am so proud of my first loaf of real sourdough....THANK YOU OCTOBERFARM !!!!! what a great teacher i had....i NEVER could have done it without you, my friend. Oh, and john gets his wish...BLT'S on SOURDOUGH tonight !!!!!











octoberfarm said we are SOURDOUGH SISTERS..we are indeed, my friend







50 comments:

  1. Oh yes! Worth it! Now you have that starter for more fresh sourdough.

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  2. it is GORGEOUS! what a labor of love that i can't
    imagine doing myself, but i have spent weeks
    working on a song. :)

    i'd rather have your bread!!!!

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  3. The first time I had sour dough bread I was on my honeymoon in San Francisco. We had it every morning while we were in California. Yours looks gorgeous. Will you make your BLT's the California way with avocado? Looking forward to our Valentine"s Day Bake. I will be making the easiest recipe in the book. I call it first!!! Enjoy the weekend! Susan

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  4. Oooh...it turned out just gorgeous! I bet it's yummy too! :)

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  5. Kary, I could eat a slice of that delicious looking bread right now!! All your hard work paid off, well done. x

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  6. Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment, wish I was there to help eat this lovely, tasty bread!

    Blessings.

    Sending love to you and Teddy Sweetie Pie.

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  7. oh that is a fine accomplishment! wow.

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  8. Congratulations! It turned out beautifully. You're making me hungry!

    xo
    Claudia

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  9. A beautiful loaf of bread. It looks like a work of art. Congratulations.
    Happy Weekend!

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  10. Looks delish. Enjoy dinner.

    xo Jane

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  11. sniff sniff I can smell it from here and it smells gooooood! oh it looks wonderful. but you made me laugh with the hippie store cause I know just what you mean ha.
    you bread loving friend
    cathy

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  12. My mouth is drooling for a slice of warm bread spread with butter....yuuuummm.....!

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  13. yeah!!! we did it SD sista!!! i hope it tastes good. i can't wait to hear. i just put my latest dough in the oven to proof for sourdough hot dog buns. there is still much to learn but i won't give up. it is so worth it!!!

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  14. It is beautiful!!
    Can't wait to hear how it tastes.......
    Joyce is the BEST
    xx
    donkey in the pines

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  15. A work of art! I wish I could have a slice.

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  16. I LOVE sourdough. Didn't realize all that was involved. Congratulations. I see lots of sourdough bread in your future. I always think of pioneer women all alone in the wilderness. You couldn't run to the store for a little package of yeast.

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  17. I am so impressed! It's too cold in my kitchen to try and make it now, but when it warms up, I'm going to try.

    Good going!

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  18. yum. I shall be back xo S & les Gang

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  19. You made sourdough!!! Good for you...my favourite bread..it looks amazing! Hugs and love to you. xoxo

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  20. I am so proud of us for learning to make sourdough bread. Thanks to Joyce. Your bread looks beautiful.

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  21. That looks very scrumptious. When I am in SLO, maybe we should just have sourdough BLTs at your house!!!

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  22. You really look like an amazing cook! I sooo do wish I could stop over for tea & treats.I love sourdough anything, one of my all time favs.~Cheers Kim

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  23. Great teaching Jaz! And Kary...I love sourdough more than any other bread & this looks fabulous. You've encouraged me to try now! My Sarabeth book arrived yesterday..how about we both try the same recipe & post about it? Wouldn't that be fun? Anyway, let me know what you think. We're having a weekend at the beach with Alice (it's our anniversary) & it's fantastic - windswept, huge stretches of beautiful sand. Wish you were here, Teddy would love it too Hugs to you, sweetie. Rachel & Alice xoxo

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  24. oh I lve my sourdough... i've been keeping my pet for some time now, did you keep yours or use all of it?... keep going and she'll taste better everytime.... lovely blog post as usual, you have such passion for the bread and your intrepidation is spot on! x

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  25. That is one fine looking loaf of sourdough bread. You did yourself proud. :-) My mouth is watering for a taste!!

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  26. Mmmm...I love sourdough bread...I may have to try to make some myself.

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  27. Well done! Your sourdough is beautiful. Don't we all just love October farm?

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  28. Congratulations, what a gorgeous looking loaf of bread!

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  29. I read the sourdough post on Octoberfarm and I was thinking-WOW-this is an event. I am in awe you did it and it looks great. I can’t imagine a baking anything that is a week in the making but I so love eating it :) Glad hubby gets BLT’s--yummy :)
    Hugs, Amy

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  30. Your Sourdough loaf is gorgeous- much prettier than any I've seen in a bakery. I'd love to attempt it someday. :)

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  31. You have more patience than I would.
    It does look lovely though and I'm sure it is delish!!!!

    Melinda

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  32. Looks amazing Kary.

    I'd say it tasted fantastic - I'd love one of those BLTs!!

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  34. Hi Kary! Your sourdough bread looks divine! Honestly, it looks better than any bread I've seen in the bakery! There's nothing like a BLT on sourdough, your hubby's a lucky guy!

    I've been looking through Sarabeth, I have my eye on a recipe or two or three - LOL . . . how about you? What day's a good day for you to post? Let me know, I'm very flexible! Looking forward to my first "Sarabeth bakeoff!" Have a wonderful day!

    Mary

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  35. If you almost gave up I'd definitely would have ended up doing so. LOL. As it is, it looks absolutely amazing Kary adn am assuming it tasted just as good. :)

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  36. i love good sourdough but have always been afraid of making bread. this reminds me that i need to dash to bham and visit my favorite baker.

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  37. Hi Kary & Teddy!

    I'll bet Teddy looked beautiful after he came from the groomer's! Duke goes to Pampered Paws! Isn't that funny, and Teddy goes to Golden Paws! Ron and I do the same thing, we just admire and hug him to death after, and he thinks he's something else, he has an appointment this week!

    OK, so, I've made my Sarabeth decision - drum roll please . . . Page 162/163 Raspberry Cream Charlotte! How about posting on February 12th? Will that work for you?

    I'll talk to Susan tomorrow! Have a wonderful evening and a great week!

    Mary & Duke!

    Well,

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  38. this is my goal this year... to master bread making... it is so easy to buy but i want to smelllll my own in my own kitchen!
    you are truly an inspiration...
    wish i could have been there for blts... yummie! xoxo

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  39. Kary, you got me hooked too....I am waiting until the weather warms up here, and I am not working, to make this deliciousness! Gluten free schmooten free~ this is worth it!

    Cheers!
    Abby

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  40. This is my first visit to you site. I joined as a follower and am really impressed with what I see here. We, too, have poodles...one Standard and one miniature (well, maybe he's a mix but we love him and we adopted him on Christmas Eve...named him Rudy). Where did you get your sourdough starter? This looks so great. I'm from NorCal up in the Sierra Nevada Foothills but still consider you a neighbor. I will peruse your site more as I have time. Do you have a place in New England too? The photos of all the barns and autumn trees are wonderful!

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  41. Wow! I'm impressed! What a wonderful loaf of HOMEMADE fresh sourdough bread. I bet it was delicious! You've inspired me - I have to try this!

    Blessings, Dianne

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  42. Yeah to you. I've been out of town or I would have commented sooner. By now your bread is all gone!

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  43. Hi Kary & little Teddy bear!

    I love cream puffs! I have known Susan since I was about 18 . . . a few years ago! LOL!!! She encouraged me to start blogging last summer and then I encouraged her, we've had so much fun doing it, and we love the nice people we've met - like you!

    I told her last night I was going to do the Raspberry Charlotte, she hasn't decided yet! Hmm, I didn't think about making the lady fingers . . . I'll let her know about the 12th!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Mary & the Dukester!

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  44. Kary, that looks great!!
    I made your blueberry cake and LOVED it!!!!! I did some pimping of the farmhouse on my blog today. : )
    you always have great things happening.

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  45. Well done! You've made lovely bread and it's a skill that will give you years of pleasure and joy.

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  46. Kary! My husband wants to turn our barn in to a bread bakery. I am serious. Thanks to this post, and Octoberfarm, you have inspired our whole household!!!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate all your kind comments more than you can know.