This weekends baking...

This weekend was another big bake. It started innocent enough. I had planned on trying Hamelman's Vermont Sourdough and another run at sticky buns from "Advanced Bread and Pastry". The sourdough took a bit of time to do but turned out really well. It has a nice crumb and has a really good sourdough flavor.

The sticky buns also turned out well and are going to work with my wife as an office treat.

But then scope creep occurred. It all started with a quart of buttermilk that was about to expire. Not wanting to waste it and also seeing that I needed to feed my rye sourdough starter, I decided to try Reinhart's Rye Sandwich Meteil. It turned out pretty well. It has a very intense flavor and a pretty dense texture. I had a little trouble with the oven temperature so the free standing loaf got kinda flat but will definitely try that one again.

Finally, to use up the rest of the buttermilk, I made some scones using the buttermilk scone recipe from the Tartine cookbook. I made some with cranberry and the zest of grapefruit and some with apricot, ginger and a pinch of allspice. Compared to the ones I have made from the "Advanced Bread and Pastry" book, these were very decadent. They have about 50% more butter than the other ones so the texture becomes more like a pie crust. While good, not something one could really eat on a recurring basis. I did like the favor of the buttermilk so might have to rework the other recipe with that in mind.

All in all, the weekend bake was very satisfying but was way more than I should have taken on. Just ate up to much of the weekend. Will have to learn to restrain myself in the future.

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