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the eric update - day 209: odin's epicurean adventures! play dough! sourdough. and smoke.

phew. making sourdough bread is hard work. after all the fun and games yesterday with the "firm starter", today it was time to knead in some more flour and create the "final dough", which - if everything goes as planned - will get magically transmogrified into two tasty loaves of bread.

as you can see, odin is quite happy to lend a helping hand if it means he gets to play with the funny smelling sticky stuff.

if you remember, the purpose of odin's epicurean adventures is to fill the house with pleasing classic home smells. like the kind your grandma might have filled the house with.

well, after all our hard work, we filled the house with more than fresh sourdough smells. when you bake sourdough you first "prepare the hearth" ( or stove ) by heating it to 500 degrees and humidying it by evaporating water. during this process you're also supposed to heat your baking stone.

only we realized we couldn't find our baking stone, so we used the next best thing ( great parents improvise, no? ) - a very, very used pizza stone.

who'd have known when you heat a used pizza stone to 500 degrees, smoke will start pouring out of the oven. and don't think it'll stop pouring out. no sirreee. it'll keep emanating from the oven throughout the entire baking process keeping you wondering if it really will ever end.

hi. ho. they look good. and they smell just like fresh sourdough should smell, except for the slightest hint of pizza aroma.

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1/29/2005 09:51:00 PM 0 comments


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