In the absence of steam, the best way to get maximum oven spring, in my opinion, is a cast iron Dutch oven. It holds in the steam and gives the dough time to rise while still soft.
I think it’s a good idea to get a few bought in seedlings planted. Lollo Rosso and little gem lettuce and a few carrots. We are almost (just about) out of danger from frosts but not quite warm enough for reliable germination.
We have a couple of small greenhouses I can sow seeds in which will be ready about mid May. I don’t expect too much from the carrots, you have to be a little rough to seperate the roots so they may not grow well, they can be sown when the temperature rises a bit.
I haven’t been able to do any baking for a couple of weeks. My daughter had to buy a sliced loaf from the supermarket. Oh, the shame! It’s all OK now though 🙂
Nice crumb as well! This is from the Tartine recipe with a little modification for European flour.
This is some of the crop from last year. I had great success with tomatoes, chillies and some herbs.
This year we have bought a Vegtrug and I hope we can produce a lot more salad, carrots and greens.
Over the last couple of years an occasional hobby has turned into quite a big obsession!
I used to bake the occasional sandwich loaf or tray of rolls but I gradually got into sourdough. It took a while to get going but after reading a lot of books, following people on Instagram etc, things are now going very well. All the family, including the dogs love sourdough.
I now have a larger Swedish mixer, an Ankarsrum Assistent, that means I can now knead a lot more dough. Piccies below.
Yeasted white crusty rolls
Country Blonde sourdough
This year we have adopted two “re-homed” dogs. Max and Sandy. They are 10 years and 8 years old respectively.
They are very loving, very well trained and settling down now to a new life.
We did miss our previous dog who passed away and I am really glad that we re-homed rather than bought. Something I think more people should do. They didn’t ask for their life to take a drastic downturn and we are pleased to give them a new forever home.