Day 46 – Oyster Shooters

Today I made : Ottolenghi pistachio and rosewater meringues. Like many Dublin girls my mother used to bring me on meringue pilgrimages to Avoca, so they are one of my all time favourite desserts.  This recipe was fun fun fun. I love the rough, rustic presentation. It really makes a difference when you make food…

Day 17 – Bread Heads

I had a productive morning today, and made brown seeded soda bread, French Peasant Soup, lamb and spring vegetable stew and a rhubarb fool with crushed shortbread cookies and meringue. I also made the dough for Ballymaloe white yeast bread and left it for a long, slow, cold overnight rise, which will be continued tomorrow. This…

Sourdough Croissants

  I want to branch out (sourdough wise) and make things other than bread and pancakes. For the last two weekends I have made sourdough croissants. They were easier to make than I anticipated and less labour intensive than bread. If you have a healthy starter you should give them a go! I used From the Grapevine’s recipe.  At…

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

I have a confession. When I first started baking with sourdough I would sometimes throw away my starter when feeding it. It seemed wasteful but other people told me they did it, so I followed along. But it was always nagging at me. I use a high quality rye flour for my starter and it…

Sourdough Six : Baking Therapy

This week as I made my sourdough I was reminded of a scene in Julie and Julia. After a particularly stressful day Julie comforted herself by making chocolate cream pie. As she poured the filling into the shell she reflected on the therapeutic values of cooking. “You know what I love about cooking? I love…

Sourdough Take 5

Another week, another batch of sourdough.  For the most part the results have improved, or at least been different, with each attempt. My fourth try was okay.  I tried to save time by using bought potato starch instead of real mashed potato. But the dough was sticky and the bread was dry. Also, I used the…

Sourdough Bread Take 3

It had been weeks since I made sourdough bread. Coming back to real life after a relaxing holiday is never fun but one thing I was genuinely  looking forward to was getting back into the kitchen to continue experimenting with sourdough. The results this time were far superior to my previous attempts which, although satisfactory,…

Sourdough Bread Take 2

This weekend I attempted sourdough for the second time and the results were much better! I used more white flour in the dough to give a lighter texture. I also spent more time kneading the dough. You could really note the difference in the finished result, plus I got a great arm workout!  I am…

Sourdough Bread

This was a big first in the kitchen for me – my first loaf of sourdough bread!  (Shortly followed by my second loaf of sourdough bread). This was a respectable first attempt. While I definitely need to finesse my hand kneading technique and have a lot to learn about the whole process the results were…