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Erin
Chatham Michigan
USA

Posted - May 02 2018 :  09:50:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New to the forum and haven't properly introduced myself yet - which I will do this weekend. But, I'm too curious to know the earliest someone has made a batter bread from a newly started mother? My first bake day will be this Sunday. I started a quinoa mother and a Kamut mother both freshly milled myself.

My Kamut mother already has quite a few air pockets when I feed it each time. Do you think I could try a batter bread on Sunday or am I jumping the gun?

Ashley
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Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - May 02 2018 :  10:02:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since you have two mothers going, it's possible that they are "sharing" naturally-occurring wild yeasts with each other. I have made batter breads on week 1 (I also had multiple mothers going), and the breads were OK, but a little dense and took a while to rise. The rise was noticeably better by week 2, and even better the week after.

Ashley Ogle
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Erin
Chatham Michigan
USA

Posted - May 02 2018 :  11:20:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ashley! I may try and contain my enthusiasm for a couple weeks.
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Ashley
287 Posts
Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - May 02 2018 :  11:59:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pancakes and waffles from the Quick & Easy Sourdough-Enhanced Treats Section are great, but the Panbread Bites with Kale Dip and Cinnamon & Sugar Cake Doughnuts are mighty delicious too.

Ashley Ogle
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Sylvia Renate
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Sylvia
Brush Prairie WA
USA

Posted - May 03 2018 :  10:16:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today was my first Bake Day. After reading some of the posts, I decided to divide “Victoria” in half. I used half to make a batter bread and put it into the glass baking dish to rise first thing in the morning. Nine hours later it had not risen as far as I could tell. I guess Victoria was just not ready to make bread. I will feed the other half for another week. In the meantime, I think I will try making the cinnamon sugar donuts using part of Victoria, the Mother.

Sylvia Renate
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Ashley
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Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - May 04 2018 :  09:21:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cinnamon sugar doughnuts sound wonderful!

Ashley Ogle
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Sylvia Renate
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Sylvia
Brush Prairie WA
USA

Posted - May 05 2018 :  3:44:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday, May 4, I made the dough for the sugar and cinnamon donuts. After following the recipe, the dough was still very sticky. I guess I wasn’t sure of what was meant by “workable dough”. I added more flour to the bowl and beat it in. Still sticky. I then put it on my table and added more flour while basically kneading it gently. It took quite a bit more flour before I could roll it out. I decided to use just the small round cutter and made a bunch of donut holes. They turned out nice.

Sylvia Renate
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Ashley
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Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - May 06 2018 :  09:39:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sylvia, Glad to hear that the doughnut holes worked out well for you. Can you tell me which type of flour you’re using? With 1 cup of mother, 1/4 cup milk, and 2 1/2–4 cups of flour, depending on the type used, the liquid-to-flour ratio is pretty low, so it shouldn’t make a sticky dough. A workable dough is a dough that you can handle without it sticking to you hands.

Also, in a previous post, you said you are continuing to feed half of your mother for the next week. This will be problematic, because it will throw the volumes of your mother off, and at the end of the week, your bowl will be over-full of mother. Unless I’m misunderstanding what you said? Maybe you are using the extra mother to create quick breads?

Ashley Ogle
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Sylvia Renate
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Sylvia
Brush Prairie WA
USA

Posted - May 07 2018 :  10:55:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am using Bob’s Red Mill Organic White flour. The dough I got after following the recipe was very sticky. No, you didn’t misunderstand me. I am not using the extra Victoria for anything. Just feeding her. On my Bake Day, Thursday, I was going to make one batter bread using 3-1/2 cups of Victoria. I was also going to make the pancakes and keep 1/2 cup for the Mother on the counter, You are right, by Thursday I will have a lot of Mother (Victoria).

Sylvia Renate
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Ashley
287 Posts
Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - May 08 2018 :  10:04:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The sticky dough consistency could be due to a difference in flour. All of the recipes using white flour in the book were tested using our Barron Flour Mill Organic White Flour.

Batter Bread and pancakes on Thursday sound wonderful! Over the next couple days, keep a close on eye Victoria at feeding times just to make sure her activity isn't deteriorating. With more mother in the bowl, the flour added at feeding times will be digested faster.

Ashley Ogle
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