Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Delicious and Simple White Bread Recipe

A Delicious and Simple White Bread Recipe

We cannot always eat sourdough bread, there are occasions when we need a break from sourdough and this recipe is a great choice.

The Masterful Ingredients

In a bowl combine and set aside:
3 and 1/3 Cups Warm Water
3 Tablespoons Yeast
a little sugar

In the mixer bowl combine:
9 Cups Bread Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
9 Tablespoons Sugar
3/4 Cup Powdered Milk
3/4 Cup Dry Instant Potatoes
3 Tablespoons Vital Wheat Gluten
3 Tablespoons Powdered Lecithin


In the microwave melt:
12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter*

Slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and add the melted butter. Adjust the dough with either a little more water or flour to get the right consistency.

Run the mixer on medium speed with the dough hook for 15 minutes.

Prepare four bread pans. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the dough is ready, divide into four loaves and place on top of the stove and cover with a damp cloth. Place the bread in the oven when the side of the loaves are equal to the sides of the pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

Wait 20 to 30 minutes to cool down before slicing. Enjoy!




* You may chose to use salted butter.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Valentina Toast

A slice of sourdough bread made yesterday using Valentina's Sourdough Starter.

Valentina's Sourdough Bread Sliced and Toasted

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My Sourdough Starters

In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • A packet(s) of dried starter
  • Activation Instructions
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Single orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. Super 7 Bundles are shipped in a package.

Where Do I ship to:
I ship to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe. If I have a problem shipping to your country I will let you know and refund your order in full if there is a problem. If you live in a country where mail delivery is not reliable please order at your own risk.


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Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from by buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough.


Choose Your Country/Region:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Activating Wasatch Willy Sourdough Starter - Easy and Simple

*** April and May Only (Does not include the Super 7 Bundle), Order ANY single Sourdough Starter below and I will include a second starter for FREE. The FREE starter will either be Alaska Sam's or Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter.

Some Notes About Sourdough Starter Activation

(Scroll to the bottom to order your own Wasatch Willy Sourdough Starter.)

Sourdough Starter is not like your fast acting yeast you purchase at a grocery store which is why I like it so much. It's an all natural product from nature which has been untouched by science. 

The other day I made two batches of bread. One was sourdough using Wasatch Willy and the other was wheat bread made from fast acting yeast. Time from mixing the dough to the oven:

Sourdough Bread - about 15 hours
Fast Acting Yeast Bread - about 4 hours

I send out my starters in small sealed packets which contain a teaspoon of dried sourdough starter. The natural yeasties in the starter shut down and protect themselves as they are exposed to the air and they begin to dry out. When they are re-introduced to water and flour they begin to slowly spring back to life.

It is not unusual for dried sourdough starter to take 3 or more days to fully re-activate.

A customer in Canada recently contacted me because his Wasatch Willy was not activating. It was bubbly and had the smell but was not rising. He used filtered water instead of bottled as I suggest in my instructions. 

Below are pictures of my recent activation from dried granules. Today is Day Three.

Step One:

Place 1/2 cup "Bottled" water that is at room temperature into a quart jar. I used a 40 ounce peanut butter jar. 

Pour the starter granules into the water, stir a little and let them sit for 15 minutes.

Pour 1/2 cup unbleached white flour into the jar and stir again. Cover loosely and let sit for 12 hours. Leave it on your countertop.

Step Two

After 12 hours stir and pour out half the starter and discard. Now add 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup water and stir. Cover and let sit for another 12 hours.

Step Three

By this time your starter has been percolating slowly for 24 hours. Remove the lid and take a wiff. Ah! So good! Give it a stir. Does the starter feel stringy? It should be stringy at this stage.

Again, add 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup bottled water, stir and let sit twelve more hours. Are you bored yet? It is slow and tedious but the rewards are wonderful.

Repeat Step Three until the starter doubles in size.

Now that my Wasatch Willy is growing I can switch to filtered water or tap water. If you do decide to use filtered or tap water split your starter in two. One for bottled water and the other for the water you choose to go with. That way if your "other" water kills your starter all is not lost.


Wasatch Willy Day One Zero Hour
Wasatch Willy Day Two - Third Feeding
Wasatch Willy Sourdough Starter Day Three - after 5th Feeding.
If you have ANY questions you can e*m*a*i*l me at b*i*l*l*k*a*r*o*l*y@gmail.com. Remove the * from the email address.

Ordering
I will ship to just about anywhere. Prices are as follows and include shipping to keep it simple: $5 for United States orders, $5.75 for Canadian order and $7 to most any other country such as Australia, British Isles and most of Europe. If you live in a country where mail service is not the most reliable please do not blame me if you do not get your order. 

All orders are shipped promptly. I ship to Sourdough Starters to Canada and other countries.

Order Wasatch Willy Sourdough Starter

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Making A Better Bread Lame

*** April and May Only (Does not include the Super 7 Bundle), Order ANY single Sourdough Starter below and I will include a second starter for FREE. The FREE starter will either be Alaska Sam's or Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter.

Making a Better Bread Lame

This is a design which has been stuck in my head for some time now. It is made from two paint sticks. These are from the older, nicer, paint sticks which you cannot get any longer. The larger paint sticks for the large buckets of paint are still decent and will work but they are thicker overall. Walmart sells them here for .28 each and one is enough. Just cut it in half.

You Will Need:
2 paint sticks
3/16" drill bit and a Drill
2 washers
3/16 x 3/4" machine screw
3/16" Wing Nut
Wood Glue
Two clamps
scraps of wood
Miter Saw
Safety Razor Blade

One side of each stick has printing on it so you want to face the printed sides inward. Make a mark about six and a half inches from the end of the stick. From about 3" to 7" apply a very very thin coat of wood glue and clamp the sides together. Be sure and use the scrap wood to protect your Lame from marks caused by the clamps. Wipe away excess glue. Make sure your sticks are straight and even. Allow the glue to set and dry. Usually about 24 hours.

When the glue is dry, remove the clamps. Using the miter saw, cut your lame down to 6 or 6.5 inches.

On the non-glued section of the Lame decide where you will drill the hole for the machine screw. For me it was 13/16's inch from the end and and 1/2" from the edge. I put a scrap piece of wood under the Lame to minimize damage caused by the drill bit. 

Sand the Lame and finish it as desired. For mine I used a clear acrylic spray.

Sourdough or French Bread Lame Construction, glued at one end.
Bread Lame Glued


Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Installed
Bread Lame with Blade Installed

Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade ready to slice the dough,
Bread Lame with Blade Ready to Slice

Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade ready to slice the dough.
Bread Lame with Blade Ready to Slice

Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Stowed for safety.
Bread Lame with Blade Stowed for Safety


Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Stowed for safety.
Bread Lame Finished and Blade Stowed
Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Scored Dough
Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Scored Dough

Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Scored Baked Bread
Sourdough or French Bread Lame Blade Scored Baked Bread
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My Sourdough Starters

In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • A packet(s) of dried starter
  • Activation Instructions
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Single orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. Super 7 Bundles are shipped in a package.

Where Do I ship to:
I ship to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe. If I have a problem shipping to your country I will let you know and refund your order in full if there is a problem. If you live in a country where mail delivery is not reliable please order at your own risk.


- - - - - - - - - -

Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from by buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough.


Choose Your Country/Region:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Making a Bread Lame - Redoux

*** April and May Only (Does not include the Super 7 Bundle), Order ANY single Sourdough Starter below and I will include a second starter for FREE. The FREE starter will either be Alaska Sam's or Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter.

Making a Bread Lame - Redoux


When making French Bread or Sourdough Bread you need to score the tops of the loaves before placing them in the oven. This allows the bread to expand and  not tear apart. A Lame is used to score the bread. Finding a Lame locally can be a bit tricky and you could order one from Amazon or make one for yourself.

What You Will Need:

For the Lame itself:
1 piece 1/4x20 Bolt or Screw
2 Pieces Washers
1 Piece Wing Nut
A stick - Piece of Paint Stick or Yard Stick
Safety Razor Blade or Scraper Razor Blades*

Tools Needed
A Drill
A 1/4 inch Drill Bit


Before drilling the hole in the wood, determine the position of the Screw.

I used a paint stick from a Big Box store made for a gallon or smaller paint cans. The larger sticks may be better.

Assembly
Drill the hole and then insert one washer onto the screw and push the screw through the hole. On the other side place the other washer and the wing nut. Slip the blade between the wood and the washer and angle it as needed for use. When not using, simply loosen the wing nut and reposition the razer blade.

Here are some pictures of my semi-finished Lame.


Lame - Blade in Position

Lame - Wing Nut Back Side


Lame - Blade in Storage Position

Bread Scored with Lame before baking.

Bread Scored with Lame after Baking.

* Some thoughts on razor blades. A while back I bought some blades at Walmart and when I decided to redo this project I went back and could not find any double edged razor blades. I ended up going to Target and Walgreens but found them at my local Kroger (Smith's).

At Walmart I picked up some single edge blades in the paint department which also work but the Double Edged blades are thinner and sharper.


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My Sourdough Starters

In March 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good ands sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:

  • A packet(s) of dried starter
  • Activation Instructions
  • Jar Label



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Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Single orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. Super 7 Bundles are shipped in a package.

Where Do I ship to:
I ship to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe. If I have a problem shipping to your country I will let you know and refund your order in full if there is a problem. If you live in a country where mail delivery is not reliable please order at your own risk.


- - - - - - - - - -

Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from by buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough.


Choose Your Country/Region:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A DIY Easy to Make Baking Stone - Part Two

*** April and May Only (Does not include the Super 7 Bundle), Order ANY single Sourdough Starter below and I will include a second starter for FREE. The FREE starter will either be Alaska Sam's or Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter.

The DIY Easy to Make Baking Stone
aka DIY Pizza Stone

UPDATE 4/5/2014
One of the pieces or Travertine has cracked! But I have others. I have thought about heating the stones in stages. Not sure if this will help or not. I think the cracking is caused by my boiling water which I pour into a cast iron pan which sits directly below the stones.

I have this big bump on the back of my head from a slip on the ice in my works dimly lit parking lot on Monday night and it kept me up all night. I ended up with about two hours of sleep so if I am rambling and making no sense, please forgive me.

In Part One we discussed the options of Baking Stones such as ceramic tile, actual baking stones, and Travertine. I showed a picture of the stones I purchased at my local Big Box Store. I spent about $17 for two 18x18 Tuscany Travertine square tiles and they were snug from front to back on the rack. I almost thought I would not be able to close the oven door but it was no problem.

Since I was restless (my head hurting like a son of a gun) I thought about the dimensions of the oven rack and at 3AM I got up and measured. I determined the ultimate size would be 11" x 14" for my oven and after only a few hours sleep, I went to my BBS (BIG BOX STORE) with the tiles from yesterday and bought two more. I then had a fine gentleman cut them down for my on their tile saw. The cuts were free, by the way.


Free Cuts at Lowes - Travertine as Baking Stone
I had intended to double up the stones but they just weigh too much. 24 pounds of tile is just too much for our ovens rack to handle. So now I have an extra set and a side effect of cutting the tiles I now have 3 pcs of 7x14 inch Travertine as well so I effectively have three sets of baking stones.

Tomorrow night we are having 15 Bean Soup with bacon and Turkey Sausage served in bread bowls. Tonight I made six. The first three were baked on sheets on the Travertine and the second set of three were baked directly on the stones.


Sourdough Soup Bowls baking at 425 F

Sourdough Soup Bowls Cooling
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Order Wasatch Willy All Natural Organic Natural Yeast
Order your very own Wasatch Willy All Natural Organic Sourdough Starter and start making your very own Artisan Loaves of delicious Sourdough Bread made from Wasatch Willy All Natural Organic Sourdough Yeast. It is extremely easy to activate. 

Your order is shipped First Class US Mail in a #10 envelope with options for USA, Canada and the UK and EU. In the envelope you get a packet of dried ready to re-activate Wasatch Willy Natural Yeast (contains one teaspoon), instructions and three recipes for Artisan Sourdough Bread, Hamburger Buns, Pancakes and a label for your starter jar.

Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Single orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. Super 7 Bundles are shipped in a package.

Where Do I ship to:
I ship to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe. If I have a problem shipping to your country I will let you know and refund your order in full if there is a problem. If you live in a country where mail delivery is not reliable please order at your own risk.

Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from by buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour.


Choose Your Country/Region:
Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough.


Choose Your Country/Region: