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2021-04-17 Ramblin’ and Promisin’

2021-04-21 Ramblin’ and Promisin’ A quick apology – life has been complicated of late, and busy.  That has meant that I haven’t been updating our web page with fresh content, sending out newsletters, baking as much as I’d like, or even maintaining my starter the way I should.  Even worse, I didn’t schedule any classes …

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Mike's Approachable Loaf

2021-04-03 A New Approach(able Loaf)

2021-04-03 A New Approach(able Loaf) Hello Breadheads, As mentioned in a recent Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips, I’m trying to move more and more to using whole grains. I’ve been trending in that direction, but have a bit more momentum since my doctor “encouraged” me to avoid refined carbohydrates. So, this is another …

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Whole Wheat Sourdough Pancake - Delicious!

2021-03-07 – You’ll Wholly Flip For These Sourdough Pancakes

2021-03-07 You’ll Wholly Flip For These Pancakes!   Sadly, my doctors are encouraging me to cut back on carbs, especially on white ones. So, I am taking a deeper dive into home ground whole wheat.  First out the gate, I revisited our sourdough discard pancakes.  I replaced the all-purpose flour with freshly milled whole wheat …

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2021-02-28 A deep dive into feeding sourdough and discard -Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2021-02-28 A Deep(er) Dive Into Starter Maintenance With a special look at feeding cycles and starter discard Sometimes I wish I was a sourdough newbie all over again. Is it because I could again enjoy learning all about this wonderous process we all immerse ourselves in and revere? Well, yeah, there is that, but mostly …

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A window pane

Lookin’ Through a Window Pane

Lookin’ Through a Window Pane Many bakers talk about “pulling a windowpane”.  Why do we want a windowpane?  What IS a windowpane?  And how do we create one?  And, does it really matter all that much? As Roseann Rosanna Danna used to say on an early season of Saturday Night Live, “You ask a lot …

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2020-10-17 – Tilting at Windmills, Fighting Inertia, Going to Downtown Flavortown – Mike’s (more or (much) less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-10-17 – Tilting at Windmills, Fighting Inertia, Going to Downtown Flavortown – Mike’s (more or (much) less) Weekly Baking Tips Hello Breadheads! Tilting at Windmills! MONTHS ago I filmed a video on creating a starter in 2 1/2 days using Dr. Calvel’s method with the intent of baking a loaf of bread with the 2 …

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2020-08-24 A Cool Ikea Find, Busting a Myth and more – Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-08-24 – An Ikea Find, Mythbusting, Sweltering In Place, and more Hello Bread Heads! We’ve been making videos and posting them on our YouTube channel. As time goes on, we work on trying to do things better and better. The wire frame cart we were using was a major, major hindrance. The wheel locks weren’t …

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A little mangled but still nice

2020-08-16 A New Start(er), Dutch Ovens, Knives and more- Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-08-16 – Starters, Dutch Ovens, Knives and maybe more Hello Bread Heads! Here we are at last! I’ve been doing lots of baking, trying lots of interesting things, and ignoring my sacred obligation to keep your email in tray filled up. Sadly, the Introduction to Sourdough class didn’t have enough people sign up, so we …

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July 25th Bake Bagels and Light Rye Breads

2020-07-26 – If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck! Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-07-26 – If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck! Hello Bread Heads! Class notes – The LONG awaited better Internet connection is here at our house! As a result, we are starting to offer classes again. We are delighted! Our current game plan is to send a “care package” to students in the USA containing all …

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2020-06-25 Pizza! AND TRADITION!

2020-06-25 Pizza AND TRADITION!! From Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips Let’s change course in the middle of the data stream… let’s talk pizza!  AHHH!!!  Pizza! One of my favorite YouTube series is “Real Dough – is it pizza?” Scott Wiener (owner of Scott’s Pizza Tours in New York City  – I really want …

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Rolled baguette loaf, crumb shot

2020-06-18 Yet Another Mixer Shootout!

2020-06-18 Yet Another Mixer Shootout Should I hook, or should I roll?  We could turn that into a rock’n’roll anthem!  What’s it all about?  Hang in for a few more paragraphs, and you’ll be in with the in crowd! Like many bakers, I grew weary of my KitchenAid mixer.  I wanted more capacity than the …

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2020-06-05 It Doesn’t HAVE To Be Difficult! Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-06-05 It Doesn’t HAVE To Be Difficult! Sometimes, OK – all too often, we make baking bread harder than it has to be. Feed the sourdough starter for three days. Make a preferment for 12 to 18 hours. Bake the bread in a dutch oven or a wood fired oven that has never cooled in …

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