Babka

I adapted this recipe from Babcii’s original recipe, but added more butter for more richness.  I’m following the Tartine recipe otherwise.  Makes 2 Babkas. Make the night before: Poolish Levan Then, the next day: 1000g flour 200g sugar 25g salt 10g instant yeast 4 cups of raisins (half golden, half …

Wild mushroom buscuits

from http://www.mssf.org/cookbook/chanterelle.html Mushroom Biscuits Makes 12 biscuits This quick biscuit recipe is especially good when fresh chanterelles are in season. Other mushrooms …

Cider 2016

Plan to ferment single-varietal ciders so we can taste the flavors of each, and then blend them afterward. I posted on nextdoor.com …

Apple grinder and press

After looking for apple grinder plans, I found the one from Woodgears to be the best design for me.  The first year, …

Crabapple Cider 2015

Making a test batch of cider using local bittersharp crabapples from the house at the corner of Mangels and Nordhoff 35 lbs …

Wild Fermented Mead 2015

Washed Wax Mead: Started on 2015/10/11, using “washed wax” method of just adding water to the crushed honeycomb after it drips through …

Quick Pickles

These quick pickles are a good balance of acid and sweetness, and maintain a good crunch for a year or so.  To …

Naturally fermented mead 2014

Notes from the 2014 Mead batch:  Followed a similar process as last year, but since one batch was skunked after the full …

Normandy Cider

Shannon and I visited Normandy, France last week, and traveled through Paris on the way.  Even though Caen was a nice town …