Meet Maggie. The newest member of our family. We have Maude, Poppy and Gurtrude, our chickens and now Maggie. Named after Maggie Beer before we even recieved her, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that one of Celia’s chickens had once been named Maggie. This is how Maggie arrived to us, after reading the instructions twice, I felt like I was diving into hot water. This was something new and fairly intimidating. Let me tell you that Celia (Fig Jam and Lime Cordial) was a wonderful help via twitter. After feeding Maggie up 3 times throughout the day she was finally ready to bake.I followed Celia’s basic sourdough tutorial to the letter until I misread 25g of oil for 250g, so I scooped out the oil and continued on my merry way. At this point I stopped taking photos, and have failed to at this point every time I have baked sourdough since. Celia’s instructions are wonderfully clear, so I suggest you use those. Since my first loaf I have had some different outcomes using the same recipe. Maybe the extra oil made all the difference, maybe the weather made the difference, maybe I wasn’t playing music during the kneading of the various loaves? Who knows. What I do know is I love baking bread, I’m so rewarded when eating a slice of toast in the morning, so happy to see those golden loaves of goodness come out of the oven.
I have since tried baking a fruit loaf, with approval from many family members, and have plans to bake another ASAP.
Have you ever baked bread? What about sourdough?
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