As You Like It

The rain was so heavy last night, and now the garden is very wet, but it is good for fertilizing, so I did this afternoon.  All fruit and citrus trees had the goodies, hopefully, they will be growing strong, and well. I was good to make the best of the situation.  Soon the job was done, the rain came again, just the way I like it.  Watering by hand was not needed

Craving for something sweets is OK, it was not the right time to have trifle but Christmas did come early in our home.  We had the trifle as we liked it, and I was so pleased sharing it with our dear friend the ninety-three years old Eileen.

Home cooking is very important for our family and me.  You know what you are having and what is in it.  However, one could get tired and not want to be cooking but frozen food could be the rescue.  Poached prawns dim sums were so good, they were frozen bought one, but they were so delicious just the way we liked it.

Stay in, the weather was so miserably wet, the rains did not want to stop.  You could do so much inside the house of course, but for dinner, hot homemade pizza would be a treat.  Our pizza is always special, we prepare it just the way we like it.
Today we had a crusty pizza with anchovies and olive topping, simply delicious.

Maybe it is not a traditional pizza, but it’s the way I like it.

Following recipes could be a pain but could get an excellent result from the experts.  This time I decided to bake sourdough bread just the way I like it in regard to the making of the leaven, the technique how to knead to shape., and to score.  However, I must say that the core what to do in sourdough baking I must still follow with respect.
The night before I prepared the leaven, made out from sourdough starter, water and flower (no measurement), approx: 50g flour and 55 water and 1/2 teaspoon dried yeast.  I mixed them together and cover with plastic, and leave on the kitchen bench for overnight.  By morning the leaven was looking beautiful, and ready to be used for the bread making.

In the morning at 8.30, I started to organise all the ingredients that are needed, the plain flour, water, salt.  I liked to have 500g plain flour, 9g salt, and 225g water.
The fun begun by mixing half of the water to the leaven stirred and mixed together nicely.  Added to the dough, and mix together with a spoon, add a little bit more of the water, and kept on stirring to make the dough soft.  Add in the last drop of the water, and mixed again and now the dough looked like this.
I worked gently with this mixture by smoothing the dough with a spoon.  Now the dough has to rest. It’s covered with a damp cloth and let proof for one hour.

After prooving for one hour, the dough looked soft and increase in size a little.  Time to temper the dough, to pull instead to knead, that what I did, just took two minutes.  Keep the dough inside the bowl while you do the pulling.
The dough had to rest to prove again, and covered with a damp cloth for thirty minutes.
  Now the dough looked smoother and soft to touch.
I had to do the same four time and proof in between for 30 minutes.

At the end of the 6th proofing, the dough becomes soft, smooth and elastic.

I baked one single large Boule, for that reason I did not to cut the dough, instead, I knead lightly by pulling method and place at the lined basket.  That was the final proofing and took  1-2 hours.  Be sure that it did not overproof otherwise the bread will be collapsed.
Baking Time.
Baked in a hot oven, at 225 degrees C
Transfer the dough from the basket to a lined baking tray.
Score the bread as you like it before baking
Splash some water inside the hot oven, prior to baking
Put the ready bread in the oven, and bake the bread for 22 minutes
Lower the temperature of the oven, and continue baking for 22 minutes.
My bread-the Boule was not dark enough, the crust was hard and sound hollow when it was tapped.
The bread was chewy, but the crust became soft.
(it could be I did not transfer the bread from the baking tray to the cooling tray straight away).
 I did it just the way I like it,(it’s more fun) and the result was not too bad, it cut well and taste good.
The family will have the bread with any topping just as they like it.
It was fun baking the sourdough bread, indeed I followed the technique of experts but somehow I loved it, It worked well.   Just the way I like it.

Having things as you love, Do things as you wish to do, the way you like are more relaxing.  I love the philosophy ‘As You Like it” especially to make easy for yourself and others happy or happier.



Until Next Post





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