The yummy pumpkin cinnamon rolls are already half eaten!

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

I’m trying something new for sourdough quarantine baking: pumpkin cinnamon rolls. The two cans were the perfect amount. Because the filling is wetter than regular cinnamon rolls, the unrisen rolls are droopy. I don’t think it will matter, but I’ll see! I intend to eat these for breakfast, so they are healthier, too: less sugar, basted with melted vegan butter, but none in the dough or spread on the rolled out sections.

#Sourdough starters keep on baking in the pandemic

I’m reading news reports about the disappearance of baking yeast in many grocery stores. If you keep a #sourdough culture, you never need to buy baking yeast. You even can convert quick bread and related baking recipes to sourdough versions!

My book, “Wild Bread,” explains how to capture your own sourdough culture in your own home and care for it. It also explains how to convert baking yeast recipes and quick bread recipes to sourdough versions. I have had my sourdough starter for 25 years! You can purchase my book, “Wild Bread,” in Kindle form if you want an instant download to avoid possible coronavirus exposure. Of course, paper copies are also available from Amazon and My friend Dan runs

Yum cinnamon rolls

Super easy sourdough cinnamon rolls. The recipe is in my book.

I make them vegan by using vegan butter.

Baking with flour from my new flour mill

Blueberry sourdough whole wheat pancakes. Yum.

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A fan’s sourdough creations

Becky Zavada says, “I made a sourdough nutella star using Lisa Rayner’s sweet dough from her book “Wild bread“. I really love that book. I also made crackers and batter bread from that book and they both turned out great.” Purchase a Kindle or paper copy of Wild Bread at the link.

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Kindle edition of Wild Bread now available!

My book, “Wild Bread: Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen” is now available on Kindle. Amazon is supposed to link the Kindle edition to the paper edition within the next 48 hours. You can buy the spiral-bound paper version here.

Traditional Hungarian holiday cookies


For Christmas, my mother made Hungarian pastry-like cookies called kiffles or kiflis (pronounced “KEE-flees”). She stuffed them with two traditional fillings: apricot jam and sweetened ground walnuts. The plate is Hungarian, too, purchased during one of our family trips to Hungary.

The original kiffles are made with yeast dough. Newer recipes are made with baker’s yeast, baking powder or no riser at all, like pie dough. It’s easy to convert baker’s yeast versions to sourdough. I explain how to convert baker’s yeast recipes to sourdough versions in Wild Bread: Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen.

To make kiffles, you roll out a paper-thin triangle of dough, place a dollop of filling on it, roll it up and bake it. Sometimes the cooled cookies are rolled in powdered sugar. Other traditional fillings include ground poppy seeds and lekvar (prune) jam/butter.

The pastry originated with the Ottoman Turks when Hungary was part of the Ottoman Empire. There are many Turkish desserts with similar nut and fruit fillings.

Making a sourdough cinnamon pecan turnover

I made a super simple variation of sourdough cinnamon rolls yesterday. I was multitasking and wanted a pastry that didn’t require a lot of time to make, so I made a large turnover / calzone / empanada. I had actually made the plain artisan dough a couple of days ago, but then something came up and I couldn’t bake it, so I put the dough in the refrigerator.

Sourdough will keep just fine in the refrigerator for several days. When I took it out and let it warm up to room temperature on the kitchen counter, it became bubbly and active. I lightly kneaded it with as little additional flour as possible. After a short bench rest to relax the gluten, I rolled out the dough into an oval. On one side I spread softened vegan butter (Earth Balance), then sprinkled on unbleached sugar (evaporated cane juice), cinnamon, and pecan pieces. I moved the dough to a baking sheet and flipped the plain dough half over the top. I used a fork to close the edges and poke holes in the dough.

The turnover was barely cooled down when we started eating it. Delicious. More like really good cinnamon toast than gooey sweet rolls because of the higher bread-to-filling ratio, with a texture somewhere in between the two.

Adapted from Wild Bread: Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen.

Sourdough sweet doughs

Sweet doughs contain sweetener and fat. They have a softer crumb than artisan breads and often include fillings and toppings. And yes, you can make excellent sweet doughs with sourdough starter whole wheat or other whole grains.

Other posts in this series:

Doughnuts are also sweet doughs. Look up “solar bread” or any other type of bread in my search box to find even more posts, dated earlier and later than this post.

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