The Sourdough Barter System
- zitronenmadchen May 10, 2013 01:31 PM
My husband's Uncle is going to give us a bunch of tomato plants, eggplant plants (that sounds weird,) and pepper plants for our garden. I figured I would make them a loaf of sourdough bread in exchange for the plants.
However, I'm a little bored with just plain sourdough. I've made walnut and cheese sourdough before, and blueberry lemon a long time ago, but I'm wondering if there's some flavor out there that I haven't thought of, like chimmichuri bread with parsley, garlic, and red pepper flakes, or any suggestions you might have?
I love wholewheat sourdough (30% white, 70% whole wheat) with coriander seeds & raisins. For a 1lb loaf, I use about 2 tsp. whole coriander; toast it in a frying pan for 4-5 minutes, then grind with a mortar & pestle (or spice grinder); I also use 3/4-1c of raisins - soak them in hot water for 30 minutes, then drain. Use more raisins - up to 1.5 cups if you like them. I add the raisins & coriander to the dough after mixing is complete. I got this recipe from Tartine Bread, and it is wonderful toasted & slathered with butter (what isn't?!?!).
I think the coriander & raisins are a dutch thing.
Onion and cheese used to be my favorite when I was buying from this bakery up in La Honda, a few eons ago. The baker was a retired lumberjack who'd taken up baking just because he couldn't buy good enough bread, and since he was new at it - and good at it - he just followed his whims, or sometimes customers' suggestions.
Another small-bakery fave now is a sourdough rye I buy at the Pasadena Saturday Farmer's Market when I can get there in time; it tends to sell out fast. My liking for rye bread is a fairly limited thing, but that stuff I love.
My default is "cereales" ala Eric Kayser Paris. It's the best bread I've ever had. Your best artisan sourdough loaf, with amaranth, poppy, sesame, brown and yellow flax, bulgur, +\- sunflower seeds. I pre soak everything but the sunflower before adding, otherwise it messes up noticably the dough hydration.
Added bonus that the seeds add mucho nutrition.