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Del.icio.us bread feed - March 20, 2015 - 5:36pm
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Cookin' with Nino and Julie May: Cajun Crawfish Bread - WGNO

Google News Bread Feed - March 20, 2015 - 9:18am

Cookin' with Nino and Julie May: Cajun Crawfish Bread
WGNO
For the last two minutes, I turned the broiler on high just to get a beautiful brown crispy edge on the bread and really toast up the cheeses in the mixture. Cut into 2-inch pieces, garnish with a few more green onions, and serve while hot and “gooey ...

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Bread & Spread Serves DUMBO's Best Made-To-Order Sandwiches - Gothamist

Google News Bread Feed - March 20, 2015 - 7:55am

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Bread & Spread Serves DUMBO's Best Made-To-Order Sandwiches
Gothamist
Since reBar in DUMBO shut down, there hasn't been much action in the Front Street space, but now an excellent new sandwich shop called Bread & Spread is breathing new life into the tiny downstairs space. Although there's no signage to indicate it yet, ...

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Pope Francis Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates During Prison Visit - Huffington Post

Google News Bread Feed - March 20, 2015 - 6:18am

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Pope Francis Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates During Prison Visit
Huffington Post
(RNS) When Pope Francis pays a visit to Naples this Saturday (March 21) he will have lunch with some 90 inmates at a local prison, a contingent that will reportedly include 10 from a section reserved for gay and transgendered prisoners, and those ...
Pope Francis to lunch with gay, transgender inmates in Naples prison visitseattlepi.com (blog)
Pope will have lunch date with gay, trans prisonersGay Star News

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Destination: Boulted Bread - WRAL.com

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 5:55pm

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Destination: Boulted Bread
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Boulted Bread, where the flours are actually milled on site, sits a block or so off Boylan Avenue near the Boylan Heights neighborhood. This is a small, modern shop with a handful of tables and a regular selection of breads and pastries. It's the ...

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Minivan crashes into Panera Bread in East Farmingdale, 4 injured - WABC-TV

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 12:27pm

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Minivan crashes into Panera Bread in East Farmingdale, 4 injured
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A 70-year-old unlicensed driver crashed into a Panera Bread store in East Farmingdale, injuring four people including a woman who became trapped under the minivan, police say. The accident happened at 10:24am on Broad Hollow Road. It's in a large strip ...
Man Who Crashed SUV Into LI Panera Bread, Seriously Injuring 2 Women ...CBS Local
SUV Driver Allegedly Fleeing Hit-Run Smashes Into Panera Bread on Long ...NBC New York
Jerome Arnold possibly 'panicked' before Panera Bread crash, his attorney saysNewsday
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FUN WITH SOURDOUGH - SURPRISING SHORTCUTS TO HOMEMADE STARTER

Brot & Bread - March 19, 2015 - 8:19am
Levain made from applesauce gone bad!Hier geht's zur deutschen Version dieses Posts


















The day arrives for every serious hobby bread baker when he or she - no longer satisfied with being limited to store-bought yeast - craves for the star among starters - the homemade sourdough!

The usual pathway to your own starter is stirring some flour into water, hoping that, over time, this mixture will attract wild yeasts and lactid acid bacteria to devour and digest the free all-you-can-eat menu. These microorganisms are either clinging to the grains or parachute down from the air.

Rose Hip Jam with Red Wine & ApplesThree years ago I accidentally hit on a shortcut to get faster to a viable sourdough.

A glass of my homemade rose hip jam, waiting to be labeled, had sat too long in my warm kitchen, and gone bad.

I was about ready to throw the jam in the trash when the tiny bubbles on the surface triggered my curiosity to do a a little experiment.

What would happen when I mixed a spoonful of the tipsy jam together with a bit of flour and water?

To my delight, eleven hours later I had a lively, bubbly starter that provided the mother for the Pain au Levain à la Jan Hedh I made the next day. 

Rose Hip Levain  - with a starter made from turned jam!
Last month, rummaging in our fridge, I found a glass of applesauce that we had opened a while ago, and then completely forgotten. When I removed the lid, a strong (but not unpleasant) alcoholic smell reminded me of my earlier jam experiment.

Applesauce with bubbles and alcoholic smellI was just planning to bake one of the loaves in my Bread Basket for Götz von Berlichingen, and chose Khalid's loaf, made with pureed raisins. It seemed to be a perfect match for a fruit-based starter.

After two feedings (at 12 hours intervals), my new, active apple sauce starter was born!

I took 25 grams, and, just as if it were my regular sourdough from the fridge, mixed it with the water and flours the recipe required. Then I left it alone overnight.

My trust in the power of drunken apples was not misplaced - anybody who doubts it, clearly never snacked on the seemingly innocent fruits from a punch bowl!

The next morning I found a nicely puffed, lively starter - ready for action!

Khalid's loaf, made with wheat, rye and spelt, rose just as it should. With a nice oven spring, it bore witness to the magic of the applesauce levain. It also had an excellent taste, and I will definitely bake it again (post will follow soon).

Khalid's bread - the magic of tipsy fruits
Of course, not everybody has a glass of fermented jam at hand. Tidy housewives (and their husbands) use their stock of applesauce, before it can start breaking bad. But there are other possibilities - for neat freaks and people who, unlike us, don't stuff their fridge with so many baking ingredients and condiments that they get out of control.

You can find hungry microorganisms in other places - for example at your local grocery store or supermarket (no, this is not a call for the health inspector!)

Joanna's (Zeb Bakes) Kefir-Rimacinata-Bread inspired me to a new experiment. Her starter contains homemade milk kefir. Would the active cultures of plain supermarket kefir be willing to do the heavy lifting in my kitchen, too?

Kefir starter: bubbles signal activityMy first trial, using kefir straight from the fridge, like Joanna, started out promising. The bread rose nicely, but, before even reaching it full potential, it ended with a total collapse, when I turned it out of on the baking sheet.

The structure of the dough was obviously too fragile, and not even the boost from oven heat was able to revive the pitiful flounder.

But now my ambition was tickled, and the second time around I proceeded like I did with the fruit-based levains. I mixed a teaspoon of kefir with the double amount of flour (half whole wheat, half bread flour) and left it in a warm spot in the kitchen.

A few hours later little bubbles on the surface indicated its appreciation for this treatment, and I continued feeding it over the next two days, every 24 hours.

On the third day I subjected my kefir starter to a new test - with a "pinched, not kneaded" loaf à la Ken Forkish. The result already looked much better, even though the crumb was still rather dense in some areas. The Overnight Cornmeal Bread didn't taste bad, either.

Made with 3-day-old kefir-levain: some dense areas, but already edible

Over the next days, from feeding to feeding - every 24 hours - my kefir-levain rose and fell exactly as Chad Robertson (Tartine) asks for his starter. A loaf à la Tartine, considered by many the Hol(e)y Grail of bread baking, was destined be the ultimate stress test for my young sourdough.

Voilà - here comes the Brown Rice Porridge Bread, made with a 8-day-old kefir starter:

Brown Rice Porridge Bread from Tartine No. 3
The juvenile starter performed like a real pro, providing a leavening strength and great taste that my normal sourdough couldn't have done any better!

Not only that - I got the blessing of the master himself: Chad Robertson "favorited" my bread on Twitter :)

 Chad Robertson "favorited" my bread
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Panera Bread to start recording employees making food - Fox News

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 7:39am

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Panera Bread to start recording employees making food
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werwrrer545435.jpg. Panera will be watching employees very closely. (AP Photo). Is Big Brother getting bigger in the restaurant business? Panera Bread has announced that it will start recording its employees as they assemble meals behind the counter.

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Use up old bread! Make croutons, bruschetta and more - Today.com

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 5:36am

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Use up old bread! Make croutons, bruschetta and more
Today.com
How can you use up extra bread? Let us count the ways! Erin McKenna, author of "Bread & Butter: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes to Fill Your Bread Basket" shares recipes that can incorporate standard bread as well as gluten-free bread and vegan butter.

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Falmouth teen claims national bread-baking title - Bangor Daily News

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 12:39am

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Falmouth teen claims national bread-baking title
Bangor Daily News
On March 10, Sepat was crowned U.S. youth champion at the National Festival of Breads. The biennial bake-off, hosted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, is the largest amateur bread-making contest in the country. “As long as I've been allowed in the ...

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Falmouth teen claims national bread-baking title - Bangor Daily News

Google News Bread Feed - March 19, 2015 - 12:39am

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Falmouth teen claims national bread-baking title
Bangor Daily News
On March 10, Sepat was crowned U.S. youth champion at the National Festival of Breads. The biennial bake-off, hosted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, is the largest amateur bread-making contest in the country. “As long as I've been allowed in the ...

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Bakers Slash Bread Prices - The Herald

Google News Bread Feed - March 18, 2015 - 11:59pm

Bakers Slash Bread Prices
The Herald
IN line with submissions from the Government and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the country to readjust its prices, bakers will, with effect from tomorrow, reduce the wholesale bread price from 90 cents to 85 cents. This follows similar cuts in the ...

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Ribbon cutting: Panera Bread - Bradenton Herald

Google News Bread Feed - March 18, 2015 - 9:37pm

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Ribbon cutting: Panera Bread
Bradenton Herald
A ribbon cutting was held for Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota. The company offers artisan bread and features bakery products, sandwiches, and hand tossed salads, various teas and fresh roasted coffees. For more information, call ...

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Brewing up a great bread - Record Bee

Google News Bread Feed - March 18, 2015 - 8:50pm

Brewing up a great bread
Record Bee
Credit the bread's success on the one hand to geographic coincidence. Brewpub owner Ron Chips ended up each brewing cycle with a mound of malted grain. Just a few steps away sat a bakery willing to experiment. On the other is the natural kinship ...

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East Longmeadow police: suspicious package at Panera Bread was harmless - MassLive.com

Google News Bread Feed - March 18, 2015 - 5:34pm

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East Longmeadow police: suspicious package at Panera Bread was harmless
MassLive.com
East Longmeadow Police and Fire Department officials and the Massachusetts State Police Hazardous Devices Unit investigate a report of a suspicious package at the Panera Bread restaurant in the Heritage Park Plaza in East Longmeadow, March 18, 2015 ...
State police bomb squad clears Panera Bread in East LongmeadowWSHM-TV
Suspicious package shuts down Heritage Park PlazaReminder Publications

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