Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 2: Regeneration

“Wakey, wakey!” — The Doctor “Regenerate me!” — Chameleon Circuit Ready to bring your dried sourdough starter back to life? It’s easy!  I’ve been thinking a lot about regeneration lately. Sure, partly because there’s a new Doctor on Doctor Who — a woman this time, and she’s brilliant. Time Lords are the only humanoids that…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 1: Drying

Rory: “Could someone please tell me what just happened?” The Doctor: “I’m sorry, Rory, but you just died.” “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today… Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to…

Julie’s Best Ever Blueberry Pie

“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true!” — Anonymous This is the best blueberry pie you’ll ever make. Or eat, for that matter! I tried other recipes but was never satisfied with them. Some require that you cook the berries on the stove before assembling the pie. No thanks. They end up mushy, and you have…

Gooseberry Custard Tart

Deliciously tart gooseberries, creamy vanilla custard, and rich, crumbly Butter Shortcrust: This might be one of my new favorite desserts! And it’s remarkably quick and easy (once you have the crust) for something that looks and tastes so fancy. Okay, when I made Kale With Golden Gooseberries, I said I didn’t need any more dessert…

Butter Shortcrust

I go back and forth between butter and shortening for my pie crusts. I love the flakiness of a shortening crust, as well as its suitability for using my Perfect-A-Crust to roll it out. (Perfect-A-Crust is an aid for rolling consistent crusts. They don’t make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on eBay. You…

Basic Sourdough Bread

  Ready to take the leap and move on from SourFaux? Tackle a loaf with no added yeast? It’s fun! There’s something almost magical about watching a combination of flour and water transform itself into dough. I had such good results following Serious Eats’ method of making Sourdough Starter that I decided to try their recipe for the bread. It came…

Rustic Sourdough Bread: Delicious, Dependable “SourFaux”

King Arthur recommends this recipe for beginning sourdough bakers, so I dutifully started here. It’s an easy recipe that makes a tasty, dependable loaf of bread. If you’re new to sourdough, it really is the perfect introduction. Who doesn’t like knowing that no matter how vigorous their starter is (or isn’t), this loaf will turn…

Bread Baked on a Gas Grill

Did you know you can bake bread on your outdoor grill? We had quite the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to heat up the oven. I really wanted to bake bread, though, so I figured I’d give it a go on the grill. I used sourdough, but I don’t…