On the seventh day you don’t rest and neither does your desem. Again add 1/3 cup of water and enough flour to get a medium stiff dough. Knead your dough about 10 minutes, divide it into four parts and return one part to your container in the garage.
The other 3 parts place in a bowl on your counter and cover it with a dinner plate. We’ll begin to make bread with our desem on the eighth day but because it’s still a young desem it doesn’t have much leavening power yet so it will take 11 or 12 hours to rise at this point.
You may choose to make crackers and wait a few more days, or you may choose to make baguette shaped loaves which you can slice thinly into cocktail sized pieces of bread. These are perfect for melba toast or little open faced sandwiches.
I promise to add photos over the weekend! I’ve been in citrus heaven, mad canning for Tigress, year end bookkeeping in preparation for looming tax deadlines and dreaming of spring seeds and additional perennials.
Although citrus is not local (hopefully my potted meyer lemon and outdoor planted yuzu will be productive in a few years!) they are seasonal right now so I’m juicing, freezing, zesting, freezing, canning, salt preserving, gorging, tarting and will soon be lacto-fermenting them.
I remember when I was very young we would always get clementines in our stockings at Christmas and we appreciated them because that was the only time we had them. It’s like that again – now that I finally got my husband to kick his orange juice habit thanks to Rockridge Orchards apple cider and our juicer full of beets and carrots.
One thing about seasonal eating is you really appreciate each thing when it’s in season. You gorge and celebrate it and when it’s gone a new thing fills it’s vacant seat. At the peak of the dark days there are few exciting things to look forward to that can’t be found in the depths of the freezer or pantry.
Right now it doesn’t get any better than this lemon tartfrom Dori Greenspan. We’ve snitched so many spoonfuls out of the tart pans in the fridge that we are out of clean spoons!