I’m back in the swing of things with bread making. So, the last loaf of a sourdough but it wasn’t the dough that rests and goes thru the full autolyse and bulk fermentation. I decided to get out my Tartine Bread book which by the way reads like a chemistry class. It is quite challenging to read and follow, but I persevered thru and made the loaves. It’s anywhere from a 2-day process to 5 days depending on if you already have a starter. It is an amazing bread and well worth the effort.
It tasted terrific. The recipe makes 2 loaves so I waited to bake the 2nd one today and then my oven wasn’t cooperating. This has been going on for a while where it won’t calibrate the temperature. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it’s frustrating. So I turned the oven on and off for 3 hours and then finally it was coming up to speed. For the Tartine bread, it needs to be at 500 degrees for 30 minutes with the Le Cruset in the oven. Finally got it to work and the second loaf is done. Now I’m in the process of baking 12 huge potatoes for double stuffed potatoes that I’ll freeze. When you’re cooking that many potatoes it takes twice as long.
So I guess we’re going to go buy an oven this weekend. Not frugal, but I cook so much it’s hard to be without a reliable oven. This one was a lovely GE profile that ( if I remember was @ 1200). I found a nice Whirlpool one on sale at Lowes for 650. It’s normally 1000 so a good deal. As long as it’s self-cleaning and has sealed burners, I’m good.
I’m really trying to keep things as frugal as possible so, we’ll see.