Cozy and Baking

I got on a roll today in the kitchen, and made a huge happy mess. I really don’t mind cleaning up a kitchen – I especially like it when someone is cooking and I can just do the dishwashing for them. If I could be two people, I could cook up a storm as one GJ, and the other of me would gladly wash and dry and wipe counters. Doing all the jobs is complicated. I won’t get to bed early tonight!

And I won’t have time to tell you about everything I cooked. Just the bread, for which I give credit to Jody. I read her blog post about sourdough baking, and it stirred again in me the urge to bake some chewy loaf and fill the house with that amazing aroma.

I glanced at the clock and saw that I had just enough time to start and complete a bread project before bedtime, so I jumped up and opened the freezer, scooped some yeast into a bowl and started pulling out of my memory the beginnings of a batch that would make two loaves.


Eventually I ended up with a potato-rye sponge, and after it rose a few minutes I added enough wheat flour and other goodies to make a stretchy dough that rose further in front of the wood stove. I was using Giusto’s Pumpernickel Rye flour.

A couple of years ago Soldier son gave me a pizza stone and I remembered just in time to get it out of the cupboard and use it to give the loaves an even chewier crust. They turned out so big, I think three round loaves might have been even nicer.

Because of the kitchen mess I ran out of time to post the photos of everything I made, and I’m not even getting all the cleanup done. But I did take time to slice off the heel of one loaf and try it out. Success!

Tomorrow I’ll have to revisit the world of sourdough, too.

9 thoughts on “Cozy and Baking

  1. Oh, GJ, this is LOVELY 🙂 I agree about the washing up; I'd rather do the dishes and tidy and wipe, after somebody else has cooked. Or the other way round. But not both!!

    I wish I could have sat in your house watching you bake. I'd curl up in a rocking chair by that stove and read little fascinating excerpts from a book, to keep your mind churning as you worked. And then I'd have a warm slab of bread with lots of butter. 🙂


  2. That bread looks absolutely delish! I'm adding rye flour to my bread loaves today. Do you have a loose recipe for your potato rye loaf? I know you bake from memory since you're a long-time home baker.



  3. I did write down approximate amounts:
    3 1/2 cups water
    1 rounded tablespoon yeast
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 tablespoon salt
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 1/4 cups pumpernickel flour
    4 cups white flour
    1/2 cup gluten flour
    1 cup instant potato flakes

    I would use less water next time because these loaves are huge.


  4. I am seriously impressed by your being able to delve memories rather than Google recipes! I made a sour-dough toffee apple cake this week, but forgot about it whilst doing homeworks with the suns. It is edible, chewable- just!


  5. Gretchen, please tell “Soldier son”, “Thank you for serving!”
    The bread looks wonderful; it's been ages since I made similar type bread; made cornbread last night. I think I'll put some on to rise this morning, before barn chores, so I can have hot bread this afternoon.
    Many thanks for the nudge.


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