Golden Jubilee

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Sweet golden raisins give this bread a gooey, gem studded crumb. The sweetness also rubs off on the crust, resulting in an attractive dark top. All of this deliciousness is cause for serious joy. The Baker’s Percentage for this bread is as follows:

Total Flour                          1,000 g                        100%

White Flour                            900 g                          90%

Whole-wheat Flour              100 g                          10%

Golden Raisins                      200 g                          20%

Oat Bran                                 100 g                           10%

Zest of One Orange

Levain                                    200 g                          20%

Water                                     650 g                          65%

Salt                                          22 g                           2.2%

The only prep is to soak the raisins and oat bran in enough hot water to cover them for 30 minutes and drain. After that, throw everything in at the Mix (the salt after the autolyse) and continue on through the Bake. The only thing that might need adjustment is the hydration level. The raisins may soak up a little extra water, so add more if the dough feels stiff.

Another great bread for toast. Especially good with ricotta cheese and honey or baked apple slices and cinnamon. A good lazy morning bread if ever there was one.

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Durum Durum

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Durum flour is nothing more than finely ground semolina flour. Here it is mixed with toasted wheat germ and olive oil. These give the loaf a nutty flavor and an almost cakelike crumb. The Baker’s Percentage for this bread is as follows:

Total Flour                          1,000 g                        100%

White Flour                           500 g                          50%

Durum Flour                         500 g                          50%

Toasted Wheat Germ            50 g                            5%

Good Olive Oil                        30 g                            3%

Levain                                    200 g                          20%

Water                                     700 g                          70%

Salt                                           21 g                          2.1%

Go ahead and throw everything in at the Mix (the salt after the autolyse) and continue on through the Bake. The only thing that might need adjustment is the hydration level. The wheat germ may soak up a little extra water, so add more if the dough feels stiff.

This loaf turns out a flecked, golden crumb and a nut-brown crust. Use as a vehicle for a number of fares, or enjoy it on its own. Delish!

Almost Famous

Thank you to thepursuitofpie.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award. As requested, here are the goods:

11 “facts” about myself:

1. When I sit in the sun too long, my skin peels off in one great mass.

2. I am allergic to Ohio.

3. My tears are made out of chocolate milk.

4. My left eye only sees in Claymation.

5. I have varicose veins that look like a road map of Kentucky.

6. I can hear photosynthesis.

7. I went to summer camp to learn how to put those tiny ships in glass bottles.

8. I can only digest bars of Irish Spring soap.

9. I once freed a whole pet store back into the wild.

10. I bake in the nude.

11. On the weekends, I do C-Span re-enactments.

 

The 11 questions my nominator asked me:

1. What would be your last meal? Venison Roast, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli with Cheese.

2. Favorite flavor combination? Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

3. Favorite childhood place to visit? Camp.

4. Do you prefer sweet or savory foods? Savory, unless it’s chocolate.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Spain.

6. Do you prefer a large house and small yard, or a small house and large yard? Small house and a large yard.

7. Rainy days or bright and sunny days? Bright and Sunny Days, but Not Too Hot.

8. What is your happy music? Robyn.

9. Which band or musician would you most want to see live (dead or living)? 1970 Grateful Dead.

10. What is your creative outlet? My Blog.

11. Sparkling water or still? Tickle Water.

 

My 11 questions to the nominees (see below):

1. Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin?

2. What was the first thing you learned to cook?

3. What actor/actress would play you in a movie?

4. Do you have any cool scars?

5. If you could pick an animal to talk to, what would it be?

6. If you could delete any memory from your brain, what would it be?

7. What food were you made to eat as a kid?

8. What smell reminds you of home?

9. What makes you laugh?

10. What Olympic sport would you like to try?

11. What fairy tale character would you be?

 

And here are the 11 people I nominated:

asmallinsight.wordpress.com

stampsforcharity.wordpress.com
thephilosophyofdelight.wordpress.com
homesteadinghippy.wordpress.com
cookiescakesandbakes.wordpress.com
chezcateylou.com
homemadewithmess.wordpress.com
chatterboxandthekitchen.wordpress.com
pepperbento.wordpress.com
bakingbadly.com
frugalfeeding.com

If you are nominated, here is what you need to do:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.