How Big Are My Blobs?
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2 Tablespoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 6 blobs
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day is my current obsession. I saw a variation for Vermont Cheddar Bread, and it reminded me that Jess makes Chipotle Cheddar Sourdough, so I decided to add chipotle.
Whenever I open a can of chipotle in adobo, I dump it straight into the blender, puree it, and freeze it in little blobs using a mold I reserve for that purpose only. I don't know the orginal purpose of the mold; I think I inherited it somehow. After the blobs are frozen, I put them in a zipper bag for easy retrieval whenever I want a bit of chipotle. One of my favorites is in aioli, but I use it in a lot of other things too.
In making the bread, I wasn't sure how much to add. I don't mind tasting raw cake batter or cookie dough, but raw bread dough just doesn't do it for me. So I added blobs until it started smelling hot and then quit. For the full recipe in that article, it would be 6 blobs. Which begs the question of course, "How big are your blobs?"
I originally estimated that each blob is a teaspoon and that 6 would be 2 Tablespoons. However upon comparing the blobs to measuring utensils, it appears that a blob is a heaping teaspoon, not a level one. Of course it's all subjective anyway, and I've had some chipotles that were hotter than fire using only a dab, not even a blob.
The bread is excellent, by the way. 1-2 more blobs and twice as much cheddar and it would be perfect.