sourdough attempt 5
I have been making sourdough now for a little while, and this is my fifth attempt. I think. Something like fifth. It didn't rise like how I wanted, and the taste was very bland. Of course, I forgot the salt! It was terrible. So I made another batch the very next day. I think it's coming out better.
I used this recipe, I'm pretty sure. either that one or this one.
pasta experiment: 2020-04-12
My wife was watching a documentary about this pasta maker guy and it made me really want some pasta. However, dried stuff wasn't going to cut it, so I thought "How hard can it be?" and looked up a recipe. The one I used was pretty simple:
I used a whole wheat pastry flour, since that was the closest thing I had to semolina, the famous pasta flour. First, I made a mound of the flour and salt on the table and mixed them together:
Then, I added the water to a little well I made in the dough and mixed it around. It was pretty messy because I didn't make a good well and the water went all over the table, but I just kept working at it.
At some point, I realized that a little olive oil would make the dough softer and better, so even though it wasn't in the recipe I added it.
I kneaded the dough for maybe ten minutes. after all that, it looked nice and round and smooth:
Then, I divided the dough in half and rolled out half the dough at a time as flat as I could. I used a knife to cut the dough into long strips, like linguini kind of. (I'm not winning any pasta awards with this!)
During all this process, I had water coming to a boil in a big pot. I threw the pasta in to the water a batch at a time for three minutes. It came out like this:
It was pretty good! I put some basic jarred tomato sauce on it and ate it up with my wife. Definitely want to try this again sometime! Maybe next time I'll use our pasta roller that we have!
my first bread recipe
the first recipe I ever really used for bread was this one: it's a good beginner recipe.