garlic

sourdough whole wheat pizza

Occasionally we do a great job of planning our meals in advance and it results in tasty things like homemade pizza. You'd think that would be incentive for us to get organized more often. We're getting there.  IMG_1252 IMG_1256 IMG_1263

Overnight Sourdough Whole Wheat Pizza Dough adapted somewhat wildly from Peter Reinhart's Crust and Crumb

1 c white bread flour (I used Roger's Organic) 2 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour (I used Schmidt Organic) 1 cup sourdough starter (hopefully you have some on hand, if not, find a friend or a bakery who is willing to share, or start some yourself but realize it takes time to develop) 1/4 cup sugar (I used Sucanat, a deliciously unrefined cane sugar) 1/4 tsp salt (I used Le Paludier French grey sea salt) 4 tbsp butter (I used salted because that is what I had) 1 egg (from a happy free -ranging chicken) 1 cup milk (I used Avalon organic whole milk) 1/2 cup water Olive oil for oiling bowl (I used organic extra virgin)

Mixing: Combine all ingredients (except olive oil) in the bowl of a Kitchenaid stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 10-12 minutes, sparingly adjusting for moisture if necessary with water or flour. The dough should be slightly soft and tacky and should pass the windowpane test when done (gently tug a corner and try to stretch it so you can see through it- if it rips mix it more and if it stretches it's ready). If mixing by hand, stir ingredients together in a bowl and then knead for 12-15 minutes on a lightly floured surface.

Rise: Lightly oil a clean bowl with the olive oil and place dough in bowl. Cover with plastic and let rise at room temperature for 1 hour, until it noticeably swells.

Divide: Turn dough onto a lightly floured counter and cut in half. Round each piece.

Rest: Lightly oil either the dough rounds or the insides of two plastic bags. Place dough in bags leaving room for it to expand (it will grow more than you think in the fridge), and then place in fridge for at least 1 hour but preferably overnight (dough can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours).

Preheat oven to 550° F or as hot as possible. If you have a pizza stone, put that it before preheating. If you don't have a pizza stone but do have a spare large sheet pan, invert that and place it in the oven before preheating.

Roll: On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to desired shape and thickness. Put on pans or a cornmeal-dusted peel (or makeshift peel - I use either a wooden cutting board or an inverted sheet pan as a peel. Also it doesn't need to be cornmeal but be sure to dust the peel with something so the pizza slides off okay). Make a fancy crust if you like. Sauce and top according to personal preference (we used organic pizza sauce, roasted garlic, veggies from our garden and shredded mozzarella).

Bake: Slide into the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and golden and the cheese is bubbly and golden.

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And so it begins again

I have taken a month off work to art about in my studio.

This morning, day one, I woke up exhausted. Today is meant to be a switching gears kind of day. Recovering from work, maybe pulling the last of the root vegetables from the garden and putting some garlic in. Maybe I'll tidy the house a bit so I can focus, and bake something nummy to relax and get my creative energy flowing. As Kristie at work said yesterday, "baking is therapeutic".

So, this is it. Here we go! A taste of real, full-time arting.

I must admit, I have this idea that I'll be able to go for nice walks in the crisp fall air and admire the fiery leaves and misty mountains, and sit about drinking lots of coffee and maybe scribbling in my journal. These things might happen to keep me going.

The real plan though, is to shift into production mode. I need to set up my light table and emulse and burn new screens, cook up some dyebaths (I have some birch bark soaking in the basement that will hopefully yield a sweet rosy shade), do a whole bunch of printing and steaming and rinsing and probably more printing, then some cutting and pressing and pinning and stitching. Hopefully I'll also have time to pound out some more felt and make tea cozies out of it.

Wish me luck!