Gloria’s Fruity Frolics: Experiment 2: A whole lotta Gloria!
Continuing on with the experiments into fruit bread…
The thing about keeping a sour-dough starter (sorry, non-human baking assistant) happy is you need to feed it flour and water regularly…like every few days. Once the novelty of making crumpets and English muffins wears off you end up with a monstrous amount of starter!
So, Gloria had gained a few El Bees over the Christmas period (that girls a sucker for Walnut Whips and Matchmakers); after a trip to Harley St. for a touch o’ lipo she was back down to her usual size for a while (she’s like the fungus Janet Jackson). We had three options for dealing with the excess.
1) Give it away (Merry Christmas, have a bag of slop)
2) Throw it down the drain
Experiment 2: Big Mama Bread
So we had a pile of Gloria’s excess erm…thighs? We decided to see if we could just add enough flour to get to a dough consistency. About three parts Gloria flab to one part flour; then some spices and dried fruit and stuff.
Since she was in need of a feed I guessed it would be an eating-proving combo…she had to eat fast enough to pump up the dough…fork at the ready love?
We didn’t hold up much hope for this and after a whole afternoon with not much going on, we going to chuck it and call it a day…then she began to grow!
After a knock back, shaping and second proving she’d been reclining on her fat arse by the fire for about 9 hours (lazy bitch)…baking time!
Considering all the proving time she didn’t really do that much work…the crumb was still rather dense…but this is not too much of a tragedy for a fruit loaf…
Despite the total rising lethargy, she toasted well…
Unsurprisingly, when you make bread will mostly sour-dough starter, it tastes…god damn sour! This got mixed reviews from the boys, Mykie thought it was pretty scrummy and that the sourness was an acceptable contrast against the fruit, Simon thought it was a bit funky tasting.
Experiment 2 has been comme ci, comme ça. We learned it’s probably best not to use a heap of hungry starter and expect good things to happen (that should probably have been obvious).