Today we had lunch on the pond deck (with homemade sourdough rolls). Forgive the dirty table; we haven’t used it for quite some time. We really should do that more often, but it’s less convenient than just using the house’s main deck.

Lunch at the pond

Today’s sourdough loaves turned out better than the last couple times, thanks to some tweaks (mainly reducing hydration). Still room for improvement, but getting there. 🍞

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread

Yesterday’s second attempt at sourdough bread turned out a bit better than the first time, though still a bit too much hydration, I think. 🍞

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread

My first sourdough bread loaves were a bit disappointing… they kinda sagged (and merged), so I guess had too much hydration. Tasted fine, though not particularly sourdough-y; I gather the flavor will improve as the starter ages. 🍞

First sourdough bread

First sourdough bread

It’s alive, ALIVE! It took 17 days, but my first sourdough starter has finally achieved doubling in size, and passes the float test. Now I have to figure out what to do with it. 🍞

Sourdough starter

Float test

A couple of days ago I made a loaf of bread using my usual no-knead recipe, but using whole wheat flour instead of bread flour, as an experiment. As expected, it turned out a bit differently; a little too much moisture content, and a bit more dense. 🍞

Whole wheat bread

Whole wheat bread