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Sourdough Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam

May 11, 2013

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It’s a very special Saturday edition of Spontaneous Tomato, in honor of two momentous occasions:

Today is the final day of #BrunchWeek and the long-awaited Virtual Vegan Potluck!

I think these two sensational celebrations of food deserve a double recipe post; I am bringing you two recipes, perfect for hosting a vegan brunch!

Tart, sweet Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam and Sourdough Epi Baguettes (pain d’epi, shaped like stalks of wheat). Scroll on down for the recipes.

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But first, a little about the two events of the day:

  • This is the 3rd biannual Virtual Vegan Potluck, a vegan feast and recipe blog hop, featuring over 170 bloggers! Check out the other recipes by following the navigation buttons at the bottom of this post, backward (through the beverages and appetizers) or forward (through the rest of the breads, as well as the salads, sides, soups, main dishes, and desserts). Or start at the beginning!

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This is the very first recipe created with our homemade sourdough starter. (No, you do not have to start your own sourdough starter just to bake these baguettes– see below– but it just might be worth it…)

Starting a starter is tough work. You “feed” it flour & water once every 24 hours for the first two days, which is a piece of cake. But after that you have to feed it every 12 hours for 2 weeks, which is not…

Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Ginger Jam

My fiancée, Paula, tried to create a starter once before, but couldn’t keep to its feeding schedule (she works full time + goes to school), so we had to toss it.

This time, it had to be a team effort: Paula would feed the starter in the evenings, and I’d feed it in the mornings. This time, I decided that if other people can have pets, who they feed and keep alive, then we could do the same with our sourdough starter! So I named it. Fido.

Our sourdough starter (Fido)

And it worked! After just two weeks of “did you feed Fido yet?”, “can you pick up some more flour at the store for Fido?”, and “how’s Fido doing?”, we had our very own mature sourdough starter. Sour smelling, bubbly, and super sticky. It was time to bake.

How to cut epi baguettes (pain d'epi)

Pain d’epi means bread in the form of a stalk of wheat, with little wheat grain-shaped “leaves” of bread, baked together. Epi baguettes look fancy (and won’t fail to impress your dinner or brunch guests!) but they are really simple to create, just by taking a pair of scissors to the dough before its final proofing.

Sourdough Epi Baguettes (Pain d'Epi)

Epis are now our go-to for parties– it’s so easy for guests to neatly tear off an epi leaf or two, and voilà! Dinner rolls! (Or slider buns!)

Baguettes to serve a crowd without the cutting board or the crumbs.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then I’m sure you’ve guessed it: this Sourdough Epi Baguette recipe is entirely Paula’s creation. I just helped eat it. That’s why I also made jam!

Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Ginger Jam

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of rhubarb to the farmer’s market and grocery stores. After all, it’s finally spring! But either it’s taking its sweet time showing up this year, or I must have missed the tiny window of rhubarb ripeness on one of those rare stretches of days when I devoted more time to my dissertation than to this blog…

Rhubarb for Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam

At any rate, rhubarb has been hard to come by around here (though I have NOTHING to complain about in Southern California, where everything else is so very easy to come by). So when I finally spotted some at the grocery store, I knew I didn’t just want to buy it, cook it, and eat it; I also wanted to preserve it.

Ingredients for Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam

Blood oranges have been staining our cutting boards for months now– I just can’t get enough of them. I planned to make a Rhubarb Ginger Jam, but then added the blood orange juice impulsively after spotting a rhubarb orange jam recipe in the Ball Blue Book, thinking the flavors would pair nicely together, not to mention the intense colors.

Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam

This jam gelled up nicely (and tastes amazing!)– so nicely that you can see in the photos that I added a little too much pectin (a gelling agent that occurs naturally in fruit, especially citrus). I would venture to guess that this recipe might not need pectin at all in order to gel (see the recipe for how to check for gelling), but I also decreased the amount when I typed up the recipe, so your jam should be an even nicer texture than mine.

Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Ginger Jam

Thank you for joining me on this special edition double recipe blog post day. I hope you all get a chance to check out the rest of the Virtual Vegan Potluck and #BrunchWeek recipes.

Thanks so much to Christine from Cook The Story and Terri from Love and Confections for dreaming up and organizing #BrunchWeek!

Thanks to Annie of An Unrefined Vegan, Somer of Vedged Out, and Jason of  Jason and the Veganauts for organizing today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck blog hop/feast!

Epi Baguettes with Rhubarb Ginger Jam

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Sourdough Epi Baguettes

(Makes 4 epi baguettes)

~ 3½ cups all-purpose flour
~ ½ cup liquid levain (sourdough starter; or just use 4 cups flour instead of 3½)
~ 1½ cups water (room temperature)
~ 1 tsp. yeast
~ 1 tsp. salt

Special equipment needed: pizza stone or cookie sheet with parchment paper; steaming pan (like an old metal cake pan); spray bottle filled with hot water.

How to cut epi baguettes (pain d'epi)

How to make it:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Dough should come cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and not be too sticky. If it’s too dry, add a little more water; if it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Knead for 8-10 minutes on a floured surface.

Dough for sourdough epi baguettesRisen dough for sourdough epi baguettes

2. Lightly grease or spray a large bowl with olive oil, place dough in bowl and lightly spray the top with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and ferment for 2 hours in a warm place, like the inside of a cool (turned off) oven. After 2 hours, the dough should have doubled in size.

3. Gently place the dough on a lightly-floured surface and cut it into four equal pieces. Shape into baguettes. If you plan on baking your baguettes on a pizza stone, take two cookie sheets and turn them over, place parchment paper on the backs of the cookie sheets. These cookie sheets will allow the safe transfer of epis to your pizza stone (wooden pizza peels could also be used for this). If your pizza stone is not wide enough, go ahead and just use the cookie sheets for baking (right side up, with parchment paper). Cut baguettes into epis, using scissors held directly above the baguettes at a 45 degree angle, and twisting each cut section off to alternating sides, creating leaves. Check out this video demonstration for how to cut epi baguettes.

How to cut epi baguettes (pain d'epi)

4. Lightly cover the epis with a kitchen towel and let them proof (rise) for another 30 minutes, while you pre-heat oven to 500 degrees and place your empty steaming pan on the bottom rack of the oven (and the pizza stone on the rack above it, if using one).

5. Once the final proofing is done, pour 1-2 cups of hot water into the pan on the bottom rack (to create steam in the oven, which gives the bread a nicer crust). Place baguettes into the oven (bake two at a time) by carefully transferring them– parchment paper and all– onto the pizza stone. Spray hot water onto the sides of the oven to generate steam. Close the oven and wait 30 seconds before you open it to spray more water. Repeat twice more and lower the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the epis to a cooling rack or serving board carefully, as they may be fragile depending on how deeply you cut the leaves.

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Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam
(Adapted from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.)

(Makes 3-4 half-pint jars of jam)

~ juice of 2 medium blood oranges
~ juice of 1 lemon
~ 2½ lbs. rhubarb (about 10 stalks), trimmed and chopped (yielding about 2 lbs. or 6 cups)
~ 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated (about 1″), or more to taste
~ 1 Tbsp. pectin, like Pomona’s Universal Pectin (optional)
~ 2-2½ cups sugar (depending on sweetness preference)

How to make it:

1. Combine blood orange juice and lemon juice, and measure out 2/3 cup. (More is fine; but if there’s less, add more citrus juice or a little water to fill out 2/3 of a cup.)

Ingredients for Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger JamBlood Orange Juice and Ginger for Rhubarb Blood Orange Ginger Jam

2. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, citrus juices, and ginger, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 6-8 minutes, until the rhubarb starts to soften, then cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes until rhubarb is fully cooked.

3. Mash rhubarb with a potato masher (or fork) as desired, then stir in the pectin. Bring to a boil, then stir in the sugar until it dissolves.

Mashing the rhubarb to make a smooth jamCanning the rhubarb jam: hot jam gels nicely on a cool dish

4. Bring back to a boil, stirring constantly, until you feel the jam start to thicken (only 1-4 minutes should be sufficient; you can test your jam by dabbing a bit onto a plate stuck in the freezer, or any cool ceramic dish– it should gel up nicely on the plate, despite appearing more liquidy in the saucepan).

5. If canning, ladle hot jam into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving ¼” headspace, and process in a boiling water canning bath for 10 minutes. (Read my Canning 101 post about Strawberry Jam for more information on home canning.) Store canned rhubarb jam in a cool, dark pantry for up to a year, or refrigerate open jars and consume within 2-3 weeks.

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  1. May 11, 2013 3:17 am

    Wow, so pretty and that jam sounds delicious!

    • May 11, 2013 12:42 pm

      Thank you! I think most types of bread are pretty, and epi baguettes especially so. :) The jam was pretty awesome, too… we’re still enjoying it on toast and english muffins!

      • May 11, 2013 12:44 pm

        Well I know what I’ll be making when I next get some rhubarb! :)

  2. May 11, 2013 3:46 am

    This looks fantastic!

  3. lovefoodlovefitnesslovelife permalink
    May 11, 2013 3:59 am

    Looks delicious! I need to taste that jam ASAP.

  4. May 11, 2013 8:04 am

    Yowza!! What a beautiful sight. Nothing makes me happier than fresh, home-baked bread and the jam puts it over the top! Thank you for joining the Potluck!

    • May 11, 2013 12:28 pm

      Thank you for organizing the potluck, Annie! And for your nice comment. :) I am a sucker for home-baked bread, too. The jam was just a bonus!

  5. May 11, 2013 8:19 am

    These look absolutely incredible!

  6. May 11, 2013 9:15 am

    That jam is gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a jam that uses ginger and this one sounds perfect!

    • May 11, 2013 12:29 pm

      Thanks! Yes, rhubarb and orange make for a very nice gingery combination. If you really want to taste the ginger– not just hint at the presence of it– then you could try adding a little bit more than I did, too!

  7. May 11, 2013 9:16 am

    1. Your plates are too cute!
    2. I love this bread + jam idea. I’m currently waiting for rhubarb here in Chicago.
    3. I didn’t know you were a dissertator! Excellent!

    • May 11, 2013 12:32 pm

      1. Thank you! Thrift store. :)
      2. Waiting for rhubarb is the worst; I hope it shows up soon.
      3. I am! And I just refreshed my memory on your “about” page and saw that you’re a linguist too?! (I’m getting a ling PhD writing about second language acquisition of Japanese.)

  8. May 11, 2013 9:23 am

    I seriously need to get blood oranges now. We have rhubarb coming up like crazy so I need recipes. This looks amazing.

    • May 11, 2013 12:33 pm

      Thanks! You are very lucky to have rhubarb coming up like crazy! Nice. It might actually be too late for blood oranges already, if you’re having trouble finding them… but you could also make this jam with any type of orange!

  9. May 11, 2013 9:45 am

    Waw, my friend! You did it here! 2 perfect combined recipes! The sourdough epi baguettes look so fancy & special & that jam is calling my name! MMMMMMMM! A grand & very appetizing entry for the VVP!

  10. May 11, 2013 10:10 am

    Oh my goodness, I totally want to make these baguettes for my next get together. They are absolutely stunning!

    • May 11, 2013 12:35 pm

      Thank you, Somer! (And thanks so much for organizing the VVP!)

      I would love to hear how these epi baguettes are received if you get a chance to make them for your next gathering. :)

  11. May 11, 2013 11:00 am

    Great recipes, Allison! The ginger in rhubarb jam makes a great flavor combo:)

    • May 11, 2013 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Peri! I know; I love ginger and rhubarb together. One of my friends just made a strawberry ginger pie and shared a generous slice with me, and that was an amazing combination, too.

  12. May 11, 2013 11:30 am

    My sourdough needs new purpose. I think this might be it. And if I can catch him, I’ll get my husband to pick some rhubarb and we’ll call it awesome!

    • May 11, 2013 12:38 pm

      Yes! This is a very noble purpose for sourdough. :) These baguettes aren’t even very sour actually, because of the short fermenting time. They are more something quick to throw together for a potluck/brunch, but the small amount of starter does add a nice little boost of flavor. That’s lucky that you & your husband have a place to pick rhubarb, too– nice!

  13. May 11, 2013 11:56 am

    I had to throw all of my pot plants away because I am rubbish at remembering to water them so I’m far too nervous to try a sour dough starter :) these look so delicious though it is definitely worth the effort! Can’t believe I haven’t had any rhubarb yet this season either! This recipe has pushed me to get my butt into gear and try both!

    • May 11, 2013 12:39 pm

      Oh man, I am the same way! I have the opposite of a green thumb; in fact I have a dead plant cemetery on my balcony! (Dead tomato plants, dead basil plants, dead Thai basil, dead cilantro, dead chives, etc.)

      But with the help of my fiancee we were still totally able to keep our sourdough starter alive– I promise you it’s way easier than gardening!! Also, you can try naming it. :)

  14. May 11, 2013 12:33 pm

    Yum, yum, and yum, Allison! I love me some good rhubarb and ginger! Totally a taste of early Spring =) Thanks so much for sharing this … looks delicious! xo

    • May 11, 2013 12:41 pm

      Thanks, Christina! Yes, I love the rhubarb/ginger combination, too. Rhubarb is one of those foods whose season I really cherish, since it seems so hard to locate, even in southern CA. And I love it so. so. much.

  15. May 11, 2013 1:36 pm

    NOW I know what Audrey’s next outing is going to be! She did me proud with a sourdough carrot cake, on to bigger and better things! Cheers for a wonderful recipe :)

    • May 13, 2013 11:56 am

      Yay, somebody else who named their sourdough. :) I’ve been taking a little flak for it in the form of “so you’re eating your pet?” teasing, but I’m glad to know that I’m in good company. A sourdough carrot cake sounds intriguing!

      • May 13, 2013 12:09 pm

        I never had success with carrot cakes before I attempted a sourdough one. They were always too moist and dense but now I have the perfect recipe :)

        I add milk kefir (you could use non-dairy kefir) to get a nice moist dough and this cake is one of Steve’s favourite cakes and he doesn’t like “sour”

        I also named my kefir. I maintain a jar of milk grains in case my crazy experimentation into just what kefir WILL live in goes belly-up. So far I have managed to sour chickpea milk, coconut milk, homemade soy milk and almond and oat milk (also homemade) I think the trick is having enough sugar for the kefir to feed on. I don’t use regular sugar and add a good dollop of homemade date puree into every batch and whisk it in to ensure the kefir has something tasty to feed on till it gets it’s weekly dunk in milk again. Works for me! My milk kefir is called “Kid Creole” and the non-dairy babies are his “coconuts”…do you remember that old band? ;) Steve gave me the name, he’s from the U.K. It seemed very fitting as his “coconuts” were initially for culturing coconut cream/milk but I find it a bit rich for me so they graduated to other less rich non-dairy milks :). This vegan lark is certainly fun and you never get bored messing about in the dark fermentation arts ;)

      • May 13, 2013 12:31 pm

        Whoa, so much info! I love it; thank you. :) That sourdough carrot cake looks dense-ish but delicious. (I guess that’s why it’s called cake “bars”…)

        So awesome that you made (& named) your own kefir, too! I’m not actually vegan so I could try with dairy or non-dairy milk (I do love almond milk…); it sounds really nice to work with for baking! This sounds like a project for my post-dissertation days… yet another reason I am counting down to them.

  16. May 11, 2013 3:20 pm

    Wow SO beautiful Allison!! I have a ton of rhubarb in my garden now I know what to do with them :-)

    • May 13, 2013 11:58 am

      Thanks, Anne! You are lucky to have rhubarb in your garden!! I’m jealous, since it’s tricky to find here. I hope you get to try making this jam!

  17. May 11, 2013 3:25 pm

    I really like the epi technique. I had no idea. Looks delicious!

    • May 13, 2013 12:01 pm

      Thanks! I know, I had no idea what the technique was before we tackled this recipe. I’d seen bread shaped like that before, but not very often, and I’d never stopped to think about how it was accomplished. Once you’re used to making baguettes, it’s a pretty mind-blowingly easy adjustment for such pretty results!

  18. May 11, 2013 3:44 pm

    Wow i’ve never seen a baugette like that, how beautiful. The jam sounds fabulously refreshing!

    • May 13, 2013 12:03 pm

      Thanks! I know, I think epi baguettes are just gorgeous. And I had always thought they were way more complex and challenging to make before we first made them! The jam is pretty refreshing! I tried not to use too much sugar. :)

  19. May 11, 2013 5:59 pm

    WOW! This bread is stunning, absolutely incredible. I love the jam, I haven’t had rhubarb in way too long. Love the idea of making jam out of it. Nothing beats homemade jam (or bread!) What a great way to start the bread course in the VVP!

    • May 13, 2013 12:05 pm

      Aw, thank you for the compliments! :) We’ve been making this bread really often, but this was my first time turning rhubarb into jam… I usually love larger pieces of rhubarb in pies or galettes, but the jam turned out to be really delicious, too! (And I felt like I was honoring the baguettes more by making it!)

  20. May 11, 2013 6:19 pm

    Beautiful epis! Looks like Fido has been trained well! ;)

  21. May 11, 2013 8:03 pm

    Mmmmmm the bread looks fabulous and that jam!! Yum. Happy VVP~

    – alexis

  22. May 11, 2013 8:29 pm

    Rhubarb and orange sounds GREAT together! What a perfect dinner roll.

    • May 13, 2013 12:08 pm

      Yes, I think so, too! Originally I was thinking I’d make something with rhubarb and raspberries (even before my rhubarb/ginger epiphany), but it’s not the right season yet, and meanwhile the blood orange season is still going strong around here, so I switched up the plan and I was so happy I did.

      The epis do make perfect dinner rolls! We never used to have any kind of bread or rolls with dinner growing up… but I could get used to this! :)

  23. May 11, 2013 10:23 pm

    i love the shape of the bread.. so pretty.. i need to step up my game and try my hand at sourdough this summer!

    • May 13, 2013 12:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s really worth it to have a sourdough starter around. The starting it takes a lot of flour and work and time (well not very much time, but a lot of commitment to a regular feeding schedule), but it is worth it! :) …it could be a nice summer project too, since sourdough starters are happier in warmer air.

  24. May 11, 2013 11:10 pm

    My sourdough starter is named Jo-Bob, lol. Your baguettes are beautiful and I adore the combo of rhubarb, orange and ginger, I can’t wait until rhubarb is in season here!

    • May 13, 2013 12:11 pm

      Jo-Bob?! That is awesome. I am really enjoying hearing everyone’s sourdough starter names; thanks for sharing yours with me, too. :) I hope rhubarb season reaches you soon!

  25. May 12, 2013 3:21 am

    this is such a fab share allison! I’ve never dared to try a sourdough plant, the dedication required seems too great for my absent mind. But that baguette is so very pretty, and looks perfect for a brunch with girlfriends!

    • May 13, 2013 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Jess! It really is a lot of dedication to get a sourdough starter going initially, but easier if it’s a team effort, and after that you can just “hibernate” it (for lack of a better word…) in the fridge. Epi baguettes really are perfect for having guests over, like a gathering for brunch! :)

  26. May 12, 2013 4:31 am

    This is gorgeous Allison. Amazing work. I tried doing a starter once after attending a sourdough class and then gave up. But your post has inspired me a lot. Love Love Love the Baguette. I am bookmarking this.

  27. May 12, 2013 7:37 am

    Hey! your food looks and sounds terrific! I really love the white plates with the red design. I’m curious, what camera do you use to take your pictures?

    • May 13, 2013 12:17 pm

      Wow, thank you! I’m so excited and flattered to get a question about what kind of camera I use! (<– nerd alert)

      I use a Canon G12 powershot, and I nearly always have it on the automatic setting, because I know nothing about photography (yet), but I sometimes use the macro setting and/or attempt to mess with the white balance. Oh and those plates are from a thrift store! :)

  28. May 12, 2013 1:26 pm

    Wow my friend, two recipes made for each other :)
    Love it!

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. May 12, 2013 1:54 pm

    Yum! I’m coming over to your house for brunch next weekend! :)

  30. May 12, 2013 8:39 pm

    Rhubarb! Blood orange! Ginger! Sounds amazing. I love the color. Sometimes my rhubarb (or rhubarb-ginger) jam turns out dingy, so I’m going to try this both for the flavor combination and color fix!

    • May 13, 2013 12:20 pm

      Hm, this is good information! I’d never made any rhubarb jam before this, so I didn’t know it had the potential to lose some of its bright color… but yes, this jam turned out so so colorful, thanks to the blood orange juice I guess! It’s maybe even a little pinker than it seems from the photos, but still just as bright. It’s a good flavor combination, too. :)

  31. May 12, 2013 9:41 pm

    What an absolutely GORGEOUS contribution Allison! This is just beautiful, you make me want to make this bread in a big big way and that jam is just perfection!

    • May 13, 2013 12:22 pm

      Thank you, Shira! That’s high praise coming from you, since everything you make for your blog is also completely gorgeous! I hope you do get a chance to try the bread, since I know you are a breadmaker, too. :) (…I say “too” even though Paula made this bread, not me.)

  32. May 13, 2013 4:58 am

    Aw I love this! Anything with rhubarb makes me nostalgic. My nani Dorothy used to make rhubarb jam and strawberry rhubarb pie.

    • May 13, 2013 12:24 pm

      Nice! :) Do you ever try to reproduce her recipes for those? I really had no experience with rhubarb jam (making or eating it) before this, but strawberry rhubarb pie has got to be one of the best things out there in the universe. Ever.

  33. spinachrevolution permalink
    May 13, 2013 6:17 am

    I love baking bread, especially sourdough bread. It takes a bit longer, but it is so worth it.
    I think the epi idea is fantastic. My next batch is going to be a very brave attempt at making an epi(c) loaf. Everything about this post is just beautiful and very inspiring. thank you, thank you!

    • May 13, 2013 12:26 pm

      Aw, thank YOU! I love getting comments like this one. :) :)

      And I wish you luck in your brave attempt at an epi(c) baguette. (I should have titled my blog post like that!) It’s really not too difficult to shape them– they’re only a little fragile to move into/out of the oven. I’m sure yours will turn out wonderfully, too!

  34. May 13, 2013 10:35 am

    You made your own epi-baguettes?! WHAT. So impressive. I want to eat this for breakfast Right. Now. even though it is noon.

    • May 13, 2013 12:27 pm

      Yes! Well… my fiancée, Paula, makes her own epi baguettes (and I just eat them). Just one of the many reasons why I love her.

      Also I hope we got the point across that epis are actually easier to make then they would seem based on how fancy-looking they are… you should totally try making some, too! They are good to eat morning, noon, and night. :)

  35. May 13, 2013 3:28 pm

    I’m a sourdough newbie. I just got a starter going and am so excited to get a first batch of bread made. Your beautiful presentation gets me even more excited. Thanks for sharing!

  36. May 14, 2013 5:36 am

    Wow! Both the baguette AND the jam look so beautiful. I can’t wait to try that scissor trick for my next dinner party. You’re right, it does look fancy! How fun!

    • May 16, 2013 9:44 am

      Thanks, Christine! Yes, it’s a lot of fancy-looking payoff just for a little scissor trick, like you said. I hope you do get to try it soon; let me know what your dinner party guests think! :)

  37. May 14, 2013 7:01 am

    Goodness! I can’t decide what sounds better—the sourdough baguettes or the rhubarb jam! Amazing. I’m loving all this use of rhubarb on the blogosphere lately. I’ll have to jump on the bandwagon before their season ends. Thanks for sharing this!

    • May 16, 2013 9:45 am

      Thanks! I know the rhubarb season is sweet but far too short… even with some of this jam in my fridge, I feel an urgency to make more things with rhubarb before the season ends!

  38. May 14, 2013 7:20 am

    Oops, commented with the wrong account! Anyway, I think I’ll give this jam a shot. Thanks again :)

  39. May 15, 2013 4:34 am

    I have some unopened pectin in the cupboard that I was waiting whimsically for something good to make with (I’m a pectic newbie). I’m in! This looks fantastic!

    • May 16, 2013 9:47 am

      Thanks! Oh and since you’re a pectin newbie, I’m pretty sure you don’t actually need pectin at all to make this (so much naturally-occurring pectin in the citrus), but it will definitely help it gel more firmly (and with a little less cooking time).

      Just make sure– for this or any jam– that your jam is as mashed/smooth/un-mashed/whatever as you want it to be *before* you add the pectin, because then it will gel at that stage of smoothness.

  40. May 15, 2013 7:58 am

    this is gorgeous and sumptuous all at the same time!

  41. May 15, 2013 8:03 am

    I love, love your bread! The jam looks delicious too but the bread I simply cannot resist!

    • May 16, 2013 9:49 am

      Thanks, Katerina! The bread is all thanks to my fiancée, Paula… she’s been making it for all of our dinner parties since the day we cooked for this blog post– I’m feeling pretty lucky about that! :)

  42. May 18, 2013 12:15 pm

    This is such a beautiful presentation! What a creative way to bake bread. You got my vote!

  43. vixbakes permalink
    May 19, 2013 5:43 am

    How beautiful! Love it! I am usually quite lazy about bread but you have inspired me to give these a try. I am intrigued by your adventures in sourdough though… I have always started starters by feeding them once a day for just 1 week, and have mostly been successful! I use organic rye flour for this purpose…

    • May 19, 2013 12:09 pm

      Thanks! Oo and a rye flour sourdough starter sounds wonderful; maybe Paula and I will try starting one like that eventually, too. (In the meantime she’s been incorporating rye flour into some sourdough bread recipes using Fido.)

      You might be right that we could have just fed it once a day for a week. We were using the Levain recipe from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook, which did mention that after one week the sourdough would already be ready to bake with, even thought it would continue to ferment after that until fully mature at the two week point. It definitely would have saved us lots of time, energy, and flour(!) to feed it only once a day, though!

  44. May 20, 2013 2:49 am

    I adore rhubarb jam – but damn that bread steals the show! I’m definitely going to have to try that because it looks spectacular. Bookmarked this to try!

  45. Nami | Just One Cookbook permalink
    May 21, 2013 8:32 pm

    I’m excited for both recipes – not sure which one is more because both looks something I’d love to eat! The baguettes – oh my! I really hope that I can spend more time from this fall (after my daughter goes to school for a long time) I can practice making bread. This bread is one on my to make list too! Now the rhubarb + blood orange ginger jam? How do you stop eating this??? I’ll totally love the flavor!

    • May 30, 2013 9:51 am

      Thanks, Nami! Haha, I loved your comment, “how do you stop eating this???” It’s a good question… And yes, the flavor is great. I don’t actually have a problem with eating too much jam, though, because after a certain amount, it’s too sweet for me– the real question for me is how do I stop eating the bread?!? :)

      (Can’t wait to see what bread creations you come up after your daughter starts school this fall!)

  46. May 22, 2013 3:49 pm

    My wife and I keep a sourdough starter, and I was surprised when using it for the first time just how easy it can be. These epi baguettes are the perfect way for me to step it up to the next level. So happy I came across this. Thanks!

    • May 30, 2013 9:52 am

      Wonderful to hear this! Thanks for your comment. :) It’s definitely easier than many people think to keep + use a sourdough starter… it’s starting it initially that’s most of the work! Hope you enjoy trying this epi baguette recipe!

  47. May 29, 2013 9:24 am

    I am beyond impressed by the fact that you made your own sourdough starter. And what a beautiful bread it produced! The bread and the jam are both completely gorgeous.

    • May 30, 2013 9:53 am

      Thank you so much! What a nice comment. :) To be honest, I’m a little impressed with ourselves too, only because I had NO IDEA how much work (and flour) it would take to start the starter before we’d started it! I have to say, I think it was worth it, though…

  48. themondaybaker permalink
    May 29, 2013 12:50 pm

    The rhubarb jam looks lovely! I have a patch in the garden but I’ve never tried making jam with it. It usually just gets turned into crumble. The bread looks very tasty as well.

    • May 30, 2013 9:55 am

      Thank you! You’re so lucky to have rhubarb in your garden! (I just posted a new recipe for a rhubarb crisp/crumble today, where I lamented the fact that it’s so hard to find around here…) Let me know if you ever get a chance to try turning it into jam! (Though if I were you, I’d probably just make lots of crumbles as well… :)

  49. June 2, 2013 9:49 am

    What an epic post! And totally up my street – bread, fruit, jam – amazing!


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