baking

My sourdough kept being flat – Fine Art Photography Article

My sourdough kept being flat Yes, you read that right, my sourdough bread kept being flat and I’ve been obsessed with working out why all week. I really thought I had it, that I could make sourdough bread with no problems at all, I was so wrong. Why is my sourdough flat This isn’t a new topic for me, and I really thought I had it worked out. Then, all I was getting was flat bread. Didn’t seem to matter…

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A look back on the last 12 months – Fine Art Photography Article

A look back on the last 12 months It seemed appropriate for me this week to take a look back on the last 12 months and see how things have changed around here. What a year it has been Of course, we can’t start this without looking at the pandemic and how it has affected everyone. We have all been challenged by it in some way. Here in Melbourne, it feels like we have spent the last 10 or so…

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Time-lapse captures cake and cookie decorating – Time Lapse Photography Article

Time-lapse captures cake and cookie decorating Cake baking, cookie creating, and decorating have all become national obsessions during the pandemic. As we spend more time than ever at home, we have been looking for activities to absorb us as individuals and families. The popularity of concocting and eating tasty treats has increased as we try to make our day to day that little bit more interesting in unsettling times. Time-lapse offers an ideal medium for capturing the intricacies of cake…

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Extracting the essence of vanilla beans – Fine Art Photography Article

Extracting the essence of vanilla beans Well not entirely what it is, the essence isn’t as good as the extracting from vanilla beans. Really I’m talking about making vanilla extract. Buying good quality vanilla extract is expensive. It is a vital part of any bakers kitchen, but you have to wonder why it costs so much. Recently I discovered how much easier and cheaper it is to make your own. Making your own Vanilla Extract, not to be confused with…

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Trying to follow June and her bread making – Fine Art Photography Article

Trying to follow June and her bread making Yesterday I was watching a YouTube video of June and she was making her sourdough bread so I thought trying what she did could be good. June is one of the test cooks at Delish. They have a website and YouTube channel. June is my favourite and I watch everything she puts up. Then I saw that she had done a video called, How To Make Perfect Sourdough Bread At Home (Starter Included!)…

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I am obsessed with hooks – Fine Art Photography Article

I am obsessed with hooks Really I’m not joking, I really am obsessed with hooks. I have been putting them everywhere. Gotta love obsessions. Really how it happened, well, when I was cleaning out my kitchen I found a packet of 20 brass hooks. No idea when I bought them, or where they came from. Still, it was 20 hooks. You know what I used all of them. I just kept finding places to put them. I am obsessed It…

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The bread I was making before sourdough – Fine Art Photography Article

The bread I was making before sourdough You know before I started making the sourdough bread I did experiment with some no knead bread which was really easy to make. I am unsure of how I first came across it, but it was a revelation really. If you want to make bread, and don’t want to do any kneading, or stuff around with sourdough starters, then this is a good alternative. No Knead Bread It is so easy. You do…

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Scrolls in cinnamon – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Scrolls in cinnamon – LEANNE COLE Cinnamon scrolls or rolls is not something that is well known in Australia. Well, not as they do them in the USA. Here you can buy coffee scrolls, or jam or apple ones too, but cinnamon seems to be more a home-baked thing you hear more about from the USA. That’s not to say people here don’t make them, but they aren’t common. My daughter used to make them when she was in high…

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Sourdough – what I have learned – Fine Art Photography Article

Sourdough – what I have learned I promised you a post on sourdough and what I have learned from making it a long time ago, but I have finally put it together for you. It probably isn’t a whole list, and I will most likely add to it from time to time, but here is what I have so far. Making sourdough isn’t as hard it seems to be. Once you get the basics of what to do and your…

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Chocolate cake is universal – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Chocolate cake is universal – LEANNE COLE Everyone has a chocolate cake recipe and it can be just that easy because isn’t it a universal truth that everyone loves chocolate cake? It is also surprising to see how many people whose first cake was a chocolate one. My first cake was chocolate something universal It is true. I made my first cake when I was 8 years old I think it was. It could have been 9, but definitely one…

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Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE Initially, I was going to do this as part of another post, but then I decided that looking at baking in the past deserved a post on its own. I hope you agree. Old stoves I’m sure there are many of us who remember the old wood stoves and trying to cook on them. There always seemed to be a kettle on top full of hot water ready to make tea. In the…

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Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE Initially, I was going to do this as part of another post, but then I decided that looking at baking in the past deserved a post on its own. I hope you agree. Old stoves I’m sure there are many of us who remember the old wood stoves and trying to cook on them. There always seemed to be a kettle on top full of hot water ready to make tea. In the…

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Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Baking in the past – LEANNE COLE Initially, I was going to do this as part of another post, but then I decided that looking at baking in the past deserved a post on its own. I hope you agree. Old stoves I’m sure there are many of us who remember the old wood stoves and trying to cook on them. There always seemed to be a kettle on top full of hot water ready to make tea. In the…

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Not so flat bread – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Not so flat bread – LEANNE COLE It is the second day and I redid what I did yesterday, except I changed part of the experiment, and today my bread was not so flat. So going on from yesterday’s attempt I did everything exactly the same, except for the bulk rise. Yesterday’s bread Remember yesterday I was saying that the bread was flat and the crumb was quite dense. I was trying to work out what went wrong. It seemed…

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My bread is flat – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

My bread is flat – LEANNE COLE Baking sourdough bread has been something I’ve been doing for a while and occasionally I still have one that is flat. So the question is why? These days my bread is usually pretty good. I have worked out how to get it to rise and taste good. However, sometimes, especially when I decide to mess with what I’m doing, I get a flat loaf of bread. How it should look. What I normally…

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Should I give it a name? – Fine Art Photography Article

Should I give it a name? I keep asking myself, should I give it a name? I’m talking about my sourdough starter, in case you were wondering. Am I crazy? Of course, the answer to that is yes. I am absolutely crazy, I must be because I have been trying to find a name for my starter. Deserving a name When I started this journey I swore I wouldn’t do this. However, it seems most people do it and now…

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Should I give it a name? – Fine Art Photography Article

Should I give it a name? I keep asking myself, should I give it a name? I’m talking about my sourdough starter, in case you were wondering. Am I crazy? Of course, the answer to that is yes. I am absolutely crazy, I must be because I have been trying to find a name for my starter. Deserving a name When I started this journey I swore I wouldn’t do this. However, it seems most people do it and now…

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Our Daily, sourdough, bread – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Our Daily, sourdough, bread – LEANNE COLE When I was doing the posts on the sourdough starter I said I would follow up with some on the bread, so our daily bread is all about sourdough. When I got back into baking people I knew said, are you going to get into bread? I said no way, now look at me. I love baking bread. There is something quite rewarding about it, but I’m not totally sure why. My first…

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes – LEANNE COLE Yesterday was fun baking the lemon meringue cupcakes, and I did promise I would take some photos of them when the light was better. Thankfully the light was amazing today. Lots of bright sunshine after an incredibly cold morning. I know for many of you 0 degrees celsius is not too cold, but here in Melbourne, it is freezing. The only good thing about it being that cold is that it usually means…

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It’s baking day here – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photography Article

It’s baking day here – LEANNE COLE Most mornings when I wake up I think to myself what will I be baking today and here it is another day for that. This post is going to be a little different to how I usually post. I am baking some cupcakes and I thought we could go through it all step by step. However, this post will start and continue to be updated throughout the day. It is an experiment…

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The starter two months on – Fine Art Photography Article

The starter two months on Now it is time to look at what has happened to the starter two months on. It is easier to get flour now, so that has made the whole thing so much better. Still, there were some struggles, but I feel Iike I have a better handle on it all now. You have to start with the starter There is no doubt about it, if you want to make sourdough bread you have to have…

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Reposting – Trying to make sourdough – Fine Art Photography Article

Reposting – Trying to make sourdough Reposting this post from Caught MIdway because I want to talk about trying to make sourdough. It hasn’t been easy. I know that many may have seen this there, still, I want to talk about making bread and didn’t see the point in repeating this. This was written back in April and many things have changed, and in future posts I will update you. Everywhere I read it says it isn’t easy, but that…

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Making changes as I get older – Fine Art Photography Article

Making changes as I get older It seems like something I say a lot, but I do feel as I get older I need to start making some changes in how I live and how I blog. You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing a lot in social media recently. With Coronavirus, or COVID 19 we have been staying home. Australia has done quite well with it all, but staying home has been the norm for quite some…

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Floral Friday on a Saturday – Fine Art Photography Article

Floral Friday on a Saturday It is getting bad here as I am doing my floral Friday post on a Saturday. I’m getting so involved in my house and kitchen so much that I’m not finding a lot of time for my blog. It isn’t that I don’t like blogging, but since I have cleaned out my kitchen I am loving baking all over again. Sad but true. Though I also want to get a lot better at food photography…

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