Author Archives: Barry W

About Barry W

NJ (formerly NYC) based home brewer and fermented food enthusiast sharing his brewing, cooking, and baking adventures on thebrewedpalate.com.

Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Mark and Fran Fischer of Castle Valley Mill

This past July I was three months into my sourdough baking journey and spending lots of time perusing social media and researching ingredients, recipes and techniques. It so happened that towards the end of the month, a cousin of mine … Continue reading

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Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Kevin Morse of Cairnspring Mills

Going beyond the grocery store shelf to find what makes up the foods we eat and where the ingredients that we cook and bake with come from, often leads to some eye opening discoveries. Taking one from goods defined by … Continue reading

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Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Hannah Dela Cruz of Make It Dough

Adapt, bake, and share. Three tasks that every baker, sourdough or not, completes each time he or she bakes. Adapting entails paying attention to things like the weather (or local climate), hydration limits of flour, time, and recipe constraints. Next, … Continue reading

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Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Living Bread Is…

So far the last question of every Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves series article has been “Sourdough bread is often called “living bread.” What do the terms “living bread” and “living food” mean to you? ” In this video … Continue reading

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Meet The Baker Behind the Loaves: Inna Surita-Emmons of The Flour Floozy

Epiphany (noun)- a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. Appearance, texture, aroma, and flavor; sourdough bread has them all in abundance. … Continue reading

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Veggie Fermentation: Make your own condiments and sandwich toppings

Before we get to the recipes, I’d like to define the two most popular vegetable fermentation methods: Lacto-fermentation (according to The Spruce Eats) The good bacteria on the salt-tolerant team are called Lactobacillus. Several different species within this genus are used … Continue reading

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Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Anne Clapper of The Family Crumb

Cottage bakery (n) – a bakery approved by state”cottage food” laws which allow entrepreneurial cooks and bakers to sell food from home under clearly defined conditions. Those conditions vary among jurisdictions, but usually include limits on the kinds of food you can sell and how much money … Continue reading

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Quick Recipe: Rosh Hashanah Sourdough Discard Honey Cake

Have some sourdough starter discard? Try this easy honey cake! With my rye starter smelling like honey lately, I was inspired to adapt this recipe for both discard and my personal taste preference. For my first honey cake this one … Continue reading

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Baking Demi-baguettes in the Challenger Bread Pan

Ever since I got my Challenger Bread Pan and watched Artisan Bryan’s video where he bakes demi-baguettes in it; I wanted to find and bake a simple baguette recipe that would help me learn how to both make use of … Continue reading

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Meet the Baker Behind the Loaves: Melissa Johnson of Breadtopia

What does it take to become a “bread writer?” With so many beginner sourdough books and blogs available nowadays, finding what makes one’s perspective on this growing hobby unique has become increasingly important. However, when authoring a cookbook, this factor … Continue reading

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