Mixture

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Liquid Flour Other
Emerson

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Since 2016

Watched Michael Pollan's "Cooked" series with friends that had started baking sourdough using the Tartine method. One taste of their bread and we were hooked!

Characteristics

Emerson is a happy wild grape starter that produces wonderful bread and pizza dough. Emerson was less sour than my Guinevere starter, obtained from King Arthur. Emerson is slightly fruity, with grape / wine overtones when young. Sourness is more pronounced after cold storage or +12 hours after feeding.

Taste & flavour

Emerson top shot
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Recipe

Starting ingredients

  • 788g Wild concord grapes
  • 800g Water
  • 150g Grape water
  • 150g All purpose white
  • 50g Whole wheat
  • 50% Water
  • 50% White all-purpose

Feeding ingredients

  • 50% Water
  • 50% White all-purpose
1
Discard all but ~100 grams. Add water & mix. Add flour & mix.
50% Water 50% White all-purpose

Working method

1
Harvested local wild Concord Grapes. Crushed wild grapes with water and allow to spontaneously ferment for three days.
788g Wild concord grapes 800g Water
2
On the third day, strain and remove solids.
3
Mix portion of grape water with AP white & whole wheat flour and allow to ferment at room temperature.
150g Grape water 150g All purpose white 50g Whole wheat
4
Continue feeding every ~12 hours 50:50 water & white all-purpose flour. When not actively baking, refrigerate and feed weekly.
50% Water 50% White all-purpose

Result

Tartine Country Bread

Basic Tartine Country Bread recipe. 10% Whole Wheat 90% White
Emerson Tartine Country Bread first overview
Emerson Tartine Country Bread second overview
Emerson Tartine Country Bread first slice
Emerson Tartine Country Bread second slice

Pizza & Cinnamon Bread

Pizza dough, using 1/2 batch of the Tartine country bread. Cinnamon bread, rolled with KA cinnamon filling.
Emerson Pizza & Cinnamon Bread first overview
Emerson Pizza & Cinnamon Bread second overview
Emerson Pizza & Cinnamon Bread first slice
Emerson Pizza & Cinnamon Bread second slice

Sausage Bread

Tartine technique, Caputo Tipo 00 flour, sausage, and mozzarella
Emerson Sausage Bread first overview
Emerson Sausage Bread second overview
Emerson Sausage Bread first slice
Emerson Sausage Bread second slice

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