Bumper baking day!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Well today I made 3 different types of sourdough bread - ciabatta, Swedish cardamom buns and Pain de Campagne (French country loaf) - and it was great! I had only planned to make the first 2 breads, but had a lot of starter culture left over so decided to make the 3rd instead of throwing it out!
I could make bread every day I love it so much! I find it relaxing and rewarding, along the same lines as how I feel when I'm gardening. An old man once told me "it's hard to be angry with your hands in the soil", and I agree that i so true. Plus the bonus for me is I feel the same way about making bread.
I've been trying to think for some time now how I can perhaps change what I do (for a living) with the dream of being able to start my own business that involves sourdough bread. Whether its a bakery, teaching other people how to bake with sourdough or a combination, or something else, I haven't quite figured it out. But HEALTHYASHLEY's blog "sometimes the universe gives you a sign" inspired me to take the one little step I thought of ages ago to make a start.
So today I started writing instructions for feeding a sourdough culture, and making one of my favorite loaves of bread. My idea is to sell fresh sourdough starter (within NZ) and provide "How to" instructions for people to start baking at home. There are a number of places all over the world that sell freeze-dried starter cultures, but I haven't seen anyone selling live cultures. And NZ is the ideal place to do this because we are small and a parcel can get anywhere within a day!
It wont make millions of bucks by any means, but its a start, and that feels exciting! Thanks Ashley!
If you want to see what I made today, here is my short blog on my favorite sourdough website and it includes pictures of the bread - http://sourdough.com/blog/happ
iness-making-bread. I behaved really well and didn't hoe into the bread either, I only had a small cardamom bun and half a ciabatta! Usually I love nothing more than slicing into a warm loaf, putting on a smear of butter, inhaling the fabulous scent and enjoying the lovely flavor and texture!
Happiness is making bread!