Yep, that’s right. I am back in school. College to be exact. I decided that after a 10 year break, I should go back and see what I am missing out on. So far I have battled with an instructor, passed a few tests, continued to battle with a professor, learned how to install memory into a computer, used a yard stick, battled with a professor (and finally dropped his class). This is not the college I remember, but I think I’m going to like it. I even get to use this blog for one of my classes…BONUS!! Aside from the fact that everyone in class now knows that I am a self-absorbed, craft and thrift store addict, this rocks!
On my last post I gave you all a recipe for beautiful, fluffy, buttery, sourdough biscuits. Over the years I have honed my baking skills. I have learned from the best: Mama D, Martha, my mother and myself. Its not that I think I am a master of baking, but I am a master of trial and error. For about a year I made probably 50 loaves of bread and 20 batches of cinnamon rolls. I have worked with sourdough and yeast, quick breads and flatbreads, pizza dough and tortillas. It has been a labor of love brought about by an unsatiated hunger. A hunger for a single, fluffy, buttery, cinnamony roll.
I have worked tirelessly on finding a great cinnamon roll in the city I live in. I have gone to every bakery, coffee shop, breakfast joint and bar (the bars are mainly to help me drown my sorrows after coming up empty-handed in the “great cinnamon roll search”). Its like trying to find a vintage sweater that doesn’t smell like old lady perfume or moth balls. After 2 years of searching I have determined two things: a. this town does not have a decent cinnamon roll; and b. the Ocean Roll must die. Who decided that some crappy, dry, cardamom-flavored roll was a, “great substitute for a cinnamon roll!” As the girl behind the coffee counter cheerily replied to me. Whaaa? I do not think so. Why did it have to replace it? Why can they not coexist, side-by-side? Who made this decision?
I will now hop down off of my soap box and give you some sourdough pointers:
- Don’t buy sourdough. Chances are, you know someone that has a starter that they will let you take a bit of. Some people keep it a secret, so ask around.
- If you can’t find someone with a starter, make your own. There are plenty of tutorials on how-to online.
- Your sourdough will last a lifetime if you properly care for it. Mine is over 50 years old! That’s much older than me and it carries with it a little piece of home.
- Every sourdough will taste a bit different.
- Find a great resource for sourdough use and care.
I have a sewing blog for you that I will be putting up int he next week. I am preparing for the arrival of my dearest friend’s first child and have been sewing up a storm. I look forward to sharing my creations with you!
Here’s a little taste of what’s to come: