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How I made sourdough bread in a hotel room, sort of

Staying this week in a hotel room with a kitchenette, I decided to build on my experience with hotel room kale salad. Was it possible to come up with an edible loaf using only flour, water, store-bought yeast and salt? … Continue reading

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Baking Hamelman’s 80% rye “Affidavit Bread”

The other day I baked up a wonderful pullman loaf of 80% whole rye that’s perfect for serving with smoked salmon or some of the nice Brooklyn whitefish salad I had left over from a party last weekend. With a … Continue reading

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Five tips for handling bread dough using the stretch-and-fold method

Here are a few useful tactics and problem-solving tips I’ve discovered making lots and lots of loaves of bread by hand using the stretch-and-fold method. I haven’t seen these elsewhere so am publishing in the hopes they’re useful to you … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Codutra’s Romanian bread blog

Apa. Faine. Sare. means “Water. Flour. Salt” in Romanian and one of the pleasures of this blog is accessing it in Chrome and watching Google’s charmingly awkward attempts at translation. Codutra, the proprietress, is also a regular contributor on The Fresh … Continue reading

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Going local at All Good Bakers

I got into a conversation with Britin and Nick Foster at All Good Bakers, a bakery and daytime eats spot in South Albany, because I criticized their bread in a Yelp review. They responded online and asked me to come … Continue reading

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My visit with master baker Jeffrey Hamelman

Last month I journeyed to the bucolic village of Norwich, VT to attend a workshop at the King Arthur Flour Education Center. The town itself is worth a visit… a peaceful hamlet across the Connecticut River from the beehive of … Continue reading

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Recipe: Overnight Pizza Dough

Adapted from Jeffrey Hamelman at King Arthur Flour. Unlike Pizza D’oh, this is a classic Neapolitan crust with nothing but flour, water, salt and leavening. Makes four individual pizzas (approximately 8 inch diameter). Ingredients: 500 g all-purpose flour 340 ml … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sarah Willis Chocolate Cake

Sarah Willis is a Niman Ranch pig farmer in Thornton, IA. She contributed this recipe for a farmers’ cookbook we were working on that hopefully will be published one day soon. Her grandmother first got it from the radio and … Continue reading

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Helpful bread

My friend was in a battle with a pit bull. I could say “he was attacked by a pit bull” but it’s more complicated than that. What is undeniable is that the pit bull attacked his family dog on their … Continue reading

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How to start a sourdough starter

If you do a lot of baking, you are going to want to get yourself a good lively sourdough starter. Here are some options. Steal one. Is there a bakery in your town that sells uncooked, bake-at-home sourdough bread dough … Continue reading

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