Challenge Sourdough Starter Again

Challenge Sourdough Starter Again

I got hooked by the inspiration of Paul Hollywood’s sourdough bread again when I have time to read more books.

During it started to have nice warm weather in the mid of April, I think it is good to get another batch of sourdough starter again for good.

But I decided to make a small batch instead of a large quantity, maybe you can increase the amount of my recipe if you like.

First of all, I need to prepare a large sterilised clean jar with lid, a scale, 100g all-purpose flour, two slices of lemon (or you can use green apple, lemon, or grapes), and 100ml lukewarm water, about 40C.

Now, put the flour in a mixing bowl, add the sliced lemons, then follow the lukewarm water and mix to well combine.

Pour the mixture into the sterilised jar with the lid on (just loose cover). Leave to ferment at warm room temperature (ideally 20-24C) for 3 days, I leave my jar next to the kitchen window. And I put an elastic band around the jar to mark the dough rises and fall.

After 2 days, the top of the mixture seems to haven’t activated yet,  only little bubbles but not much and I can’t see any rises mark from the jar. Then wait for another day to see what happen.

In the 3 days, it still the same situation, not much change. So I think it is the temperature that hasn’t warm enough (it was 15C during the day and dropped down to 10 at night). So, I leave it for another day.

On the 4th day morning, I saw the mark rose up and fall down again. When I open the lid, I could see the top appear some bubbles and the smell was sour. This is a good sign of my starter is undergoing a lactic fermentation and is active. If yours not, you can discard half of the mixture, then add 50g flour, 50ml of water, and 2 slices of lemon and leave it for another day or two to see what happens.

So, once the starter is ready to feed, I discard the lemon slices and add 50g of flour and 50ml of water and stir thoroughly. It needs to be done at least every few days to keep the starter alive. I have to feed it for 3 days since.

Leave the refreshed starter for at least 24 hours, it should bubble up and gets thicker and the texture looks like jelly.  I think it is ready to use to make my own sourdough now.

Keep watching, I will put my 1st sourdough bread on post ASAP.

Vegan Hot-Cross Buns For 2020 Easter

Vegan Hot-Cross Buns For Easter 2020

I bless all you guys are safe and healthy in this critical moment!

The past few months seems going so slow, I been through so stressed and panic since January. That’s why I haven’t put up any blog posts or news.

But I had many friends to support me luckily, and they tried to talk to me and I started to learn to release my negative emotion.

Ok, let’s talk about you all, how can you cope with this situation. I hope you can share it with me!

Today is Easter Friday, the weather is super sunny and warm, suppose everyone enjoys this bank holiday and goes outside to make the most. But we ought to stay at home for our own safety. So I decided to make my own hot-cross buns for my family.

This was from my 2018 recipe, once again it still so fluffy and soft. And the aroma was fulfilling my small kitchen when it came out from the oven.

Wish you all like it and enjoy it!

Steamed Pumpkin Buns

Steamed Pumpkin Buns

I wish this post not too late for the pumpkin fever. You can see there are so many different kinds of pumpkin or squash everywhere. Even you have been picked up your own pumpkin from the open field.

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Vegan Spicy Courgette/ Zucchini Burgers with Harissa Mayo (gluten-free friendly)

Vegan Spicy Courgette/ Zucchini Burgers with Harissa Mayo (gluten-free friendly)

Protein is one of the most essential nutrients for our diet. Homemade veggie or vegan burgers are an excellent source of protein. According to an article that I read before, we can easily get enough protein for a plant-based diet. Like beans, lentil, legumes, tofu or soy products, quinoa or other whole grains, nut, seeds, or nut butter, seitan, tempeh, or protein powder.

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Multi-Grains Loaf with Wild Yeast

Multi-Grains Loaf with Wild Yeast

If you ask me how’s my feeling? Honestly, I am so nervous and excited! If you have been with my last post, you can catch what I mean. Yes, today is my big day to see the moment of truth. Today is the day I’ll test my activated and bubbly wild yeast to my bread.

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Homemade Wild-Yeast

Homemade Wild-Yeast

Most of the People talking about ‘World Cup Football’ in this two weeks. Even the  Wimbledon Tennis tournament was inferior when the football was on.

Because of this heatwave,, I like to do something different from those hot subject, that’s is homemade wild yeast.  Maybe it wasn’t an easy task, But I like to have a new batch again.

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Vegan Carrot Rolls

Vegan Carrot Rolls

Turnips, Daffodils, Roses, Primroses, Bluebells, Muscari, my favourite one is violets and Narcissus.  Spring is here now! We love to see more sunshine after the long dark, wet, cold weather in Winter.

Carrot cake, I had made countless time so far. But I just recognize that I haven’t made carrot rolls or bread before!!! A bit strange?

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Happy Easter ~ Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Happy Easter ~ Vegan Hot Cross Buns

This is my another success experience to make the vegan hot cross buns, they’re so fluffy and moist. They’re quite similar to my last attempt.

Maybe I’ll make another surprise later if my busy schedule can slip out some precious time for me. Wish I can make it happen. 🙂

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Steamed Little GoldFish Buns 金魚饅頭

Steamed Little GoldFish Buns 金魚饅頭

Forgot how long my bread hasn’t been made after New Year? I think it is a right time to get back my practice.

Today I will be going to make steamed buns/mantou 饅頭. In many Chinese cultures, steamed buns are a popular food.  It can be eaten as a portable snack or any meal, is the main food for breakfast though.

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Fluffy Grainy Bread Rolls

Fluffy Grainy Bread Rolls

Remeber my latest post, Spiced Beet Burger? It is my favourite lunch recently.

Today I like to share one of my best dinner roll recipes to you all. For the Thanksgiving is approaching~this Thursday, 23rd Nov 2017, this is one of the essential checklists for your dinner table.  These soft and fluffy comforting soft rolls shouldn’t miss.

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