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I did NOT Panic-Buy All This Flour #AdventuresofDoughbaFett

Yesterday morning I lamented that I was out of flour. Didn't I just buy ten pounds of flour last week?!? Yes. But I have been doing a lot of baking. I mean a lot.

Just over the past weekend - cornetti, my first, second, and third attempts at a sourdough boule, naan, and pork bao - were all on my table. And that was just the savories.

I also made a carrot cake and jasmine tea cakes. Yes, this shelter-in-place order is great for expanding my baking skills; it is not great for my waistline! But it's given me lots of recipes to post. All of those will be shared soon. Stay tuned.

Within hours of posting the photo of my empty flour bag and asking local friends if they had seen any flour in any stores, I had a friend deliver two gallon bags with flour to my office. Another friend offered me her Tartine Bakery cookbook. When I got home there was a container of bread flour and a 25-pound bag of all-purpose on my doorstep. And, because I didn't know all of this was going to happen, I ordered a 25-pound bag of flour from a friend whose restaurant is currently closed.

I'm set for flour...for a little while anyway. But I feel a little like a flour hoarder. Really, I didn't panic-purchase this. And, really, I will use it. In fact one of those gallon bags is almost gone already since I baked one loaf, fed my starter, and have another loaf on the rise. I did offer flour to anyone in my Secret Sourdough Society because I'm happy to share as we all figure out how to make sourdough.

So, last night, while the boys watched a silly animated movie, I sat down with a glass of Scotch, some cheese curls, and the Tartine Bakery cookbook to try and figure out what I've been doing wrong.

Once I get my sourdough dialed in, folks, bread for everyone who gave me flour! I promise!

You can follow the complete Adventures of Dough-ba Fett here.


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