Welcome to Mookie Loves Bread….this is a Blog where I will post recipes for Bread that I have tried along with photos and comments.  Mookie is the name of one of my 4 cats that my wife and myself cohabitate with.  I enjoy trying new and different bread recipes and tweaking them myself.


20 Responses to “About”

  1. nina January 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I just found your website. My daughter Pam got a sunbeam bread Maker.
    How are you doing
    Nina Sugameli

    • mookielovesbread January 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Nina…it’s nice to hear from you. I am doing okay, how about you?
      How did you find my blog?

  2. Ramona Quesenberry August 12, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I noticed that you use different fruits when you make wild yeast for different recipes. I was wondering if this changes the flavor a lot or if raisin yeast could be used for all? Ramona

    • mookielovesbread August 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

      Hi Ramona, Thanks for the feedback. Actually I started my starter using raisins and apples. I then added some cherries instead of the raisins along with some apple. I know the different fruit will have a slight effect on the taste but it is not overpowering either way. I suggest once you build your starter you experiment and see which type of fruit etc. works for you. Some people also use tea instead of fruit and have great results. Youc an certainly stay with just the raisins if you prefer and will have great results I’m sure.
      Hope this helps.

  3. Eva Stanger September 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Ian, I found your blog on TFL. I’m a fellow Long Islander who loves to bake, cook and all things food. Your baking is amazing and creative, so my question is where did you learn artisanal baking? Btw, we are cat lovers with 2 resident cats.

    • mookielovesbread September 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Thanks for your comments. I basically taught myself by reading some very good bread books. The last year I’ve been visiting a website http://www.thefreshloaf.com where I’ve learned a lot from some great bakers.
      If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask.

  4. Eva Stanger September 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Thanks Ian, I visit the fresh loaf regularly also, but I work full time so my time is limited. I’ve tried to make a sourdough starter before but without the expected results, maybe I should try it again.

    • mookielovesbread September 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      You should give it another try. I work full time also and it’s not that hard to work to work it around your schedule.

    • mookielovesbread October 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Where on the Island do you live?
      I’m in Patchogue.

  5. Eva Stanger October 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m in Rockville Centre.

  6. Joy Danzig (what else?) March 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    The only other “mookies” I know are my daughter, son-in-law and their 2 little kids; I thought the name was an original, but I guess not. They are the mookie family. I like your website. I’m another “bread-head” and saw your posting on TFL. Ditto about the passing of Eric; how sudden that was–and I too will miss him sorely.

    • mookielovesbread March 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      That’s so funny to hear about your family of Mookies! He is the leader of our pack of 5 and is a big ham starving for attention. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It certainly was a shame about Eric who was taken way too early.

  7. Arlene, Abbey and Sadie's mom November 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey Ian! Finally looked up your site. I didn’t realize you had so many cats along with your dogs! You guys are awesome.

    • mookielovesbread November 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      Glad you had a chance to check it out. We had the cats first and they are not too pleased with the dogs…that’s for sure :).

  8. Anat November 22, 2015 at 4:43 am #

    Hi Ian
    I read you are using 66% hydration sourdough.
    currently I am using “old dough” initially made as regular 100% sourdough at the first few days. but now kept as “old dough”.
    I dislike to have 100% sourdough. don’t like feeding and throwing good dough…
    I would like to have a dry sourdough like yours.
    I couldn’t find if it should start as a 100% or as a 66% and how it should fed and how frequently.
    I heard some keep it in water and some rep it with cloth.
    there are not really much about it in the web.
    I want to deeply understand before I start.
    can you give me good links to your posts or others, that are talking deeply about those special types of sourdough and how to make them and how to maintain them.
    I understand from your post that I can use them in any recipe and just have to add in the “missing” water.
    I want to make a spelt or rye sourdough, not sure which one is the best in 66%.
    many thanks in advance

    • mookielovesbread December 6, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      Sorry for not replying sooner Anat but I’ve been traveling a lot the last month. I keep my mother starter at 66%. There are many articles on how to create your own starter. Go to http://www.thefreshloaf.com and type in how to make a starter and you will get some great posts. Once you create your starter it’s very easy to maintain it. Since I keep mine at 66% and I like to keep around 600 grams or more so I take 99 grams of mother starter add around 187 grams water and 298 grams of flour, mix for a couple of minutes and put in a container at room temperature for 6-7 hours until doubled. You can then use this straight in your recipe or take a piece of it and build a separate starter as you desire.
      You should try and learn bakers percentages. Go to The Fresh Loaf and you will find some great tutorials explaining how that works. Once you understand that you can easily convert recipes to use your starter or you can convert your starter to fit what the recipe calls for. The hydration of the starter will effect amount of sour in some cases but for the most part you can use a 66% starter in just about any recipe.

  9. Life_As_I_Interpret April 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Hello there, I could not help but nominate you for a sunshine blogger award in my last post (https://lifeasiinterpret.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sunshine-blogger-award-nominated-and-nominating/). I thought I would acknowledge how much I like your blog and bread recipes!!! 🙂

  10. Gloria Whitchurch April 25, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    I found your site, from a post you made on Whole Grain Bakers. It is more than refreshing to me to find some healthy sourdough breads, with clear directions. I am new to sourdough baking, and having mediocre results… My husband and I desperately need nutrition, and I’m not sure I have time for the learning curve of sourdough…and recipes that don;t work. I am very excited to find your site,a nd look froward to learning more here. Thanks, Gloria

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