Baker’s Percentages

This is the part where I try to scare you with math. I hope that none of this is actually scary and that it might even help you to understand things that were perhaps scary before you got here. Bakers like to use percentages when talking about recipes, but it’s not just them trying to be confusing. The real reason appears to be as simple as being able to make essentially any size recipe without having to reinvent it. For example, if you have a recipe for a loaf of bread, it’s just as easy to make a version of …

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Sourdough Index

Dave’s Bread Corner has added a whole new category for sourdough baked goods and to go with that he is explaining how sourdough works, but just once. This will be the only place these tips are covered because, as you will see below, the rest of the internet annoyed him. So without further ado, I leave you in his capable hands. I made this post because I was frustrated with the fact that finding a sourdough recipe on the internet is near impossible. Almost every recipe out there includes a ton of information about making your own sourdough starter, maintaining …

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Sourdough Equipment

Sourdough bread isn’t complicated to make, but part of what makes it easy is having the right tools and supplies for the job. Many of the things in this list are are things that you may already have. There is no need to buy another kitchen scale, for example, if you already have one that you like. Some things in the list are required, but have alternatives that you may already own. I’m going to try to put these in the order you will use them in a typical sourdough bread process. Sourdough Starter – In case you don’t have …

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Christmas Dining Room 2019 and Tips for Easy Entertaining

This year’s dining room is probably my favorite.  I lined up a collection of trees on the buffet and most of them light up, which adds a warm ambiance at night.  When I use a lot of decorations for the buffet, I like to have a simple center piece on the dinner table.  I used my favorite table runner and lined the center with a variety of sizes of candles.  It’s so simple but I absolutely love the way it came out. I love to entertain during the holidays.  There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by friends, family, and good …

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Gift Guide for the Baker

Are you done with your holiday shopping?  I’m almost done.  If you’re still looking for a gift idea for a baker or cook (including yourself) then I’ve got some great ideas for  you.  I own all of these products on a regular basis and recommend them. 1. Cookie scoops.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so when I proportion out the cookies in a batch a regular utensil (or my hands) simply won’t do.  A cookie scoop takes all the guess work out of dividing the batter.    I have the medium and small sizes and they give me perfectly uniform cookies.  …

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