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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Suffs » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:26 pm

:thumbsup and have you had a taster?

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Postby aero280 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:39 pm

A tiny nibble only. She isn't back with the cream from Tesco yet!!

They seem fine at the moment, just done. I normally over or under cook things. That's why I like biscuits. You can put them back a day or later and finish then off!! :)

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby aero280 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:28 pm

Trip to Tesco turned into a saga. Lower High St, Watford is closed for 2 weeks. The diversion is long and busy...

But worth the wait. :)

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Postby Suffs » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:04 pm

A foot on each bank of the Tamar ... love it :lol:

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby jeral » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:42 pm

My first thought too "Diplomacy at its best".

Look good either way :thumbsup

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby aero280 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:32 pm

I was born in Devonport. You could see Cornwall from the window of the maternity home. I have grandparents from both sides of the river. :)

My personal preference on hot scones is jam first. if you put clotted cream on a hot scone, it melts and makes a mess, and the lump of jam will slide off!! :o

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Postby scullion » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:07 am

and a proper amount of cream. mind you, half of that plateful is all wrong!

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby aero280 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:20 am

I spent the first 19 years of my life in Plymouth with regular stays with the grandparents generation in Cornwall and North Devon and Torbay. I don't remember there ever being any discussion on whether the jam or cream went on first.

I think that the table was laid with a dish of jam and a dish of cream, and when the scones arrived form the oven someone would use the jam and someone else would start on the cream. So, first come first served.

The best cream teas were those in the good restaurants where the clotted cream was available in a large salad bowl with a soup ladle!! :) This bowl circulated the room as required!


The sourdough scones were obviously OK, OH took some around to our local friend, and she has approved of them. She is a very good baker. :)

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Postby Gillthepainter » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:31 am

They look more than OK, Aero. They look delicious.

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Postby Badger's Mate » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:34 am

it's the first time it's gone mouldy.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the dough improver I got from lakeland?


Sourdough starters are subject to contamination with whatever is 'blowing in the wind' around your kitchen. Some of these can provide a natural leaven (obviously), if you're unlucky they can go wrong. I think they're more likely to fail if left for prolonged periods uncovered at room temperature, without feeding. I've had a few mouldy jars, probably due to my own carelessness, but it must happen from time to time in the best run establishments.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Suffs » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:22 am

I think I'm getting the hang of this

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More salt, a bit more hydration, a dash of light olive oil, a higher proportion of strong white to wholemeal, and a series of 'stretch and fold' procedures (four, approx 15 mins aprt in the first hour) during the 'bulk rise'.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby scullion » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:58 pm

i remember saying that i would post a photo of the loaf that was cooked at 150°c - 180°c, in a solar cooker, a few weeks back. as it was sourdough i thought that this would be the place to do it.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby aero280 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:11 pm

That looks nice. Do you have a picture of your solar cooker? Is it self made?

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Postby ZeroCook » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:33 pm

Wow, Scullion. Wow.
Solar cooker. More about it, please.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Suffs » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:39 pm

That looks really good Scully :yum

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby scullion » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:42 am

aero280 wrote:That looks nice. Do you have a picture of your solar cooker? Is it self made?

this is a picture of it - shame that's not a picture of me - or rather it's a shame i don't look like claire!
the reflector is homemade and the rand tube comes from china.
the current situation put a stop to the project. the aim was to have the components for three of them, in metal, cut using a water jet cutter (down in penryn) and then installed for the summer season at camp kernow. it baked bread there all last summer but we had it back, at the end of the season, to do a test on how many days in a year it could be used to bake - which so far has been more than we expected.
we do have rather a collection of different solar cookers.
a couple of sites, if you're interested.
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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Busybee » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:47 am

I wonder how much a difference there would be in cook able days the further north you get?

I’m being a bit thick, but where do you place the tin/pan etc to actually cook the food?

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby scullion » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:07 pm

in this cooker the bread goes in a gutter shaped tray inside the rand tube - the opening and 'rubber bung' is on the side that you can't see, by claire..
the cooker that i would say is the most convenient is the sunplicity. it's not cheap but it's small and very efficient, transportable and with no glass to break (although it does work best with a heat trap).

a friend cooks in york. he has built a hybrid box cooker which can cook using direct sun, when it's out, but it is also designed to continue cooking using a leisure battery, charged by a small solar panel, for when the sun goes in. they baked scones on the back seat of their car, when returning from a gathering, for a family party.
there're people in scandinavia using solar cookers.
there are many different styles of cookers - the high tech sort and those that are just made of cardboard and tin foil (- which are more of a slow cooker that you can just leave going all day with little attention).

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Busybee » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:54 pm

Interesting Scully, I’m just north of York with a very sunny due south facing garden. My parents nearest neighbour would be most interested, he has been eco conscious long before it became trendy, I can remember going to see his solar panels newly installed in the 70’s. This is something I can see Dad and him having a go at.

In fact, it might be one of their more sensible projects!

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:34 pm

After much deliberation, I have decided to 'come out' and say that I seem to be the only person I know who just doesn't 'get' Sourdough ;) :( :o . Of course this might be that I think I have only eaten home made stuff once, but I really haven't liked any shop bought stuff. I find my gums are always sore from where the hard crusts seem to scratch (and I have very healthy gums :roll: ) and the rest is quite chewy. I don't even much like the taste. :(

I will just stick to my own home-made bread I think - various degrees of wholemeal :thumbsup

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