Gloria’s Fruity Frolics: Experiment 1: Queen Gloria of Bubbles
Hello, you remember Gloria, right? Our new born sour-dough baby that we hatched ourselves? We have had her in the bakery wired up and running on a tread mill for some fruit bread experiments…
We have baked three fruit loaves so far and messed around with different things each time. Sometimes we treated Gloria like a Queen and gave her everything she could want; sometimes it was a prison tickle in a cold bowl…
Experiment 1: HRH Gloria Bubbles
So, we treated her right…like a queen, queen of the yeast people. She was well fed and watered and frothing at the mouth (that’s a good thing); Fresh, warm with a sour yeasty smell…good for sour-dough, if she were human we’d be suggesting Canesten Combi. Her Majesty was massaged lovingly in a classic sour-dough ratio of:
- 1 part HRH Gloria Bubbles
- 2 parts liquid: we bathed her in a luke warm liquid whey that had been infused overnight with Fortnum & Mason Christmas tea; a whole beaten egg and some melted butter (only the best for Lady Bubbles).
- 3 parts strong white flour
we also provided gifts (like the wise men, as it was Christmastime) of:
- salt (great gift)
- cinnamon (getting better…just)
- ground ginger (keep the receipt)
- a bounty of raisins and sultanas (meh)
- a generous helping of candied mixed peel (Christmas morning is fun, fun, fun at Wondercat Bakery)
This, as you may notice was an enriched bread think “festive brioche” not “vajazzled bun” (whilst we are on that subject BTW, guess what our mother bought our sisters for Christmas?? INAPPROPRIATE!!!)
Gloria performed well at cranking out the bubbles. We played Michael Bublé to help her along…his Christmas album is totally delightful BTW (we were wailing along to it for weeeeeks…Santa Buddy put a Rolex under the treeee)! Don’t expect crazy fast proving like you get with that fast-action-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants yeast, it takes ages to double in size; so long, that after we’d shaped the loaf it didn’t appear risen enough before bedtime. The next morning SHE WAS HUGE! Spread like a whore on a Harley. We couldn’t be bothered knocking back again so we just baked the gigantic loaf of oaf.
So the bread was a bit massive …
but it was very tasty! The crumb was fairly open and light the Christmas tea gave a yummy flavour and fragrance…and there was a slight sour-dough tang but not overpowering.
Experiment 1 was a mixed bag. Good for flavour, passable for texture…kind of disastrous for size and shape. But hey-ho we’re only human (well, kitty cats) and half the fun of baking stuff is learning how things work (the other half is the eating).
Back to the drawing board…
(what exactly is a drawing board? a black board? who says drawing board? *we actually just googled “drawing board” and it is a thing but we’re leaving our rando rant in to demonstrate our ignorance…this is a post on learning stuff after all)