Setting off…

“The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the road has gone
And I must follow if I can
Pursuing it with weary feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then I cannot say”

JRR Tolkien ‘The Lord of the Rings’

This is a first feeble attempt at a blog, so forgive any idiosyncrasies, or inconsistencies in what follows.
The blog follows on from my ramblings on the sourdough australia forum

Bilbo’s song is an allusion to the sort of rambling journey that this blog might turn out to be (though it is possible that we will all end up in the stomach of a troll).
My idea is that it will be a diary of my breadmaking, providing me with a place to document ideas and experiments with (mostly) sourdough.
Because I am a scientist (among many other things), the format of these experiments will be semi-scientific, though the aim is still to have fun.

I have in mind a whole range of questions that might give rise to experiments:
1. Starter questions (best hydration, refreshing ingredients, best timing, volume in bread?)
2. Flour questions (different types/proportions of flour)
3. Other ingredients (salt, vitamin C etc)
4. Baking variables (baking tray vs stone, baking temperatures)

and whither then I cannot say…

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