Thursday, March 2, 2017
Stephanie's Food For Thought
Last year just before Christmas I had this wonderful and crazy idea to make homemade chocolate chip Panetone for Christmas breakfast. We have a family tradition of eating Panetone for Christmas morning. My children don't like the traditional Panetone with dried fruit but they do like the chocolate chip variety. I had been holding onto Panetone paper molds for a few years with the intention of making homemade Panetone. I have a book recommended by my expert chef/scientist PhD friend Kristy called "The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread." I bought the book on Amazon here. In this book is a great section on Panetone and it's history along with a recipe. I highly recommend the book.
Back to the wild yeast starter. I wanted my own wild yeast starter so I could make traditional Panetone, I bought this wild yeast starter from Amazon here. My yeast starter wasn't ready in time for making the Panetone but I have used it to make the sourdough bread recipe found in "The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread." The bread was delicious. I highly recommend this starter and the book if you get a chance to order them both. My starter is kept in a half gallon mason jar in my refrigerator. I feed it once a week with high gluten flour and filtered water.