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gene wild's picture
gene wild

Not sure I did this right it is my first time at trying to upload a picture.


Today was also my first go at a Challah. I used the BBA formula. While not perfect I think it came out ok.


enjoy


gene


 


In the preview I don't see the picture but will send this anyway as a test if nothing else.


 


 

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txfarmer


 


I am gearing up for the holiday baking season, stollen, panettone, coffee cakes, cookies are flowing out of my oven. This particular coffee cake came from two sources: the dough recipe is by Maggie Glezer (can be found here), it has sour cream and mashed potato, in addition to quite a bit of butter, which means the dough is incredibly soft and delicate, perfect for a sweet bread. Furthurmore, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, convenient for busy holiday season.



 


The shape and filling came from Carole Walter's "Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More", what I like the most is that the chocolate sauce is not overly sweet, and it looks very unique and pretty. A crowd pleaser.



Scalloped chocolate pecan strip("Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More")


water, 60g


sugar, 20g


espresso powder, 2g


bittersweet chocolate, 71g, chopped


lemon juice, 1/4tsp


vanilla, 1/4tsp


butter, 14g, softened


pecan, 60g, chapped coarsely


sweet dough, 1lb (either from above or any other dough you prefer)


1.Mix together water, sugar, espresso powder, chocolate, lemon juice, vanilla, heat with low heat, until chcolate melts, and big bubbles start to form. Takeoff from stovetop, stir in butter. Cool completely until thickened, it would be like thin fudge.


2.After fully fermentated, roll out the dough into 14X9inch square, with 14inch side facing you. Spread choclate mixture on the dough, leaving borders empty, spread pecans on top, press down slightly.




3. Roll up from the long side, seal well, put on a baking tray lined with baking paper, seam side down. Press down lightly to flatten. Use scissors to make cuts on one side of the dough log, 1inch apart, 3/4 of the way deep. Do the same on the other side, but space the cuts so they interweave with the cuts on the first side. Turn the cut parts upward to expose filling.



4. Proof until double, about 1 hour, brush with egg wash, decoreate with pearl sugar, bake at 350F for 30min until golden.



 


The original formula also include a sugar glaze on top, I didn't think it was necessary, but if you like it sweeter, certainly use one.




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jeric

I have never made bread before with out using the pre made frozen dough you can buy at the grocery store.  However I do make pizza dough all of the time!  And it turns out fantastic.  I did that by hand.  So now I have finally gotten a kitchen aid stand mixer which I have wanted for I don't know how long, and I am trying to make bread.  It seems like my dough is coming out drier then my pizza dough did.  The only thing that I can really think of being different is that I put 2 tsp of olive oil in the mix.  Any one got any suggestions.  I really love making the pizza dough, and I thought I would try my hand at bread.  I just love the whole process of creating great food!


 


 

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louie brown

 


Anyplace you find a substantial Italian-American community, chances are you will find a bakery, and chances are that the bakery will offer something called "prosciutto bread" or "meat bread." It usually has nuggets of prosciutto, or pancetta, or even just cubed cold cuts. Sometimes, cheese is in there too, usually provolone. There might be semolina flour mixed in. Zito's in New York is an example of an Italian bakery with a good reputation for their prosciutto bread. There are others.


 


Let's be honest. If you mix some prosciutto or some pancetta or some mortadella into bread dough, the bread is going to taste good. Bacon on Wonder Bread tastes good. But the way in which the antecedent came into being back in the old country is at once more homely and more true.


 


The pig was slaughtered. Every last bit of it was put to use. When it came to the fatback, it was beaten with a stick to break it down. Then it was rendered, resulting in lard and cracklings. The lard was used in all sorts of cooking, including baking. The cracklings were thrown into the dough, along with some cracked black pepper. It was usually baked in the traditional ring shape.


 


It's somewhat dispiriting, how easy it is to flavor something with pig, especially smoked or cured, and sit back and wait for the praise. I am here to tell you that I have never had a "prosciutto bread" that was good bread. It has always just been hammy tasting bread.


 


So, some friends got to telling me how their mother made it for their father, in Lazio, north of Rome. Rendered pork fat, not smoked or cured; cracklings in tiny pieces; cracked black pepper. Rolled into a log, twisted, shaped as a ring.


 


I forgot to twist. Otherwise, this is it. 100% sourdough. The lard gives the crumb a smoothness and makes the crust crispy. I think it could use more cracklings and a rougher crack to the pepper. Readers here may be interested to know that I used a stainless bowl for a cover for ten minutes. I have been switching to convection after the covered portion of the bake, but I forgot this time. Nevertheless, you can see that there is a nice relatively thin crust. It is pretty flaky, almost like pastry. All I'm missing is the wood fired oven to get some smoke and char. 


 


 


 



 



 





 

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LeeYong

Hello all bakers!


I have a question in regards to making streusel topping in Cakes,muffins and so forth... Why some would prefer melting the butter vs. cold butter when incorporating the dry ingredients before baking...


Thank you!


LeeYong

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ehanner

The only way for me to make any relivent decisions about how best to use my new combo cooker is to bake the same basic formula repetedly, making procedural changes and noting the change in outcomes. So, this bake is another in a series of the Basic Country Bread from Tartine. I did make one small change in the formula to suit my personal prefrence in flavor. I really like the flavor of a French style bread with around 5% rye in an otherwise white bread flour mix. When you get the ferment right there is a great nutty after taste that is IMHO the essence of that great full flavor French bread.


My levain was made from 50g of AP and 50g of whole rye mixed with 100g of warm water. Left to ferment at 78F for 12 hours, it had a fruity fragrance and had just peaked I believe.


The dough was made with 950g of bread flour, 50g of whole rye, 700+50g of warm (80f) water and 22g of salt. The salt number is a reflection of taking into account the 100g of flour in the levain which Robertson forgot about.


I have been adding the salt to the last 50g of warm water but honestly, I find it hard to get it all out of the cup when I dump the water in as it isn't completely dissolved. I think I'm going to go back to adding the salt dry and pouring the water in over it.


The stretching and folding has become more relaxed as I get more comfortable with this process. I mix the dough well with my fingers cutting the last 50g of water and salt in. It looks and feels like I'm damaging the strands as the dough becomes a disorganized and chopped up mess. But 30-40 minutes when I do the first stretch, the dough has become connected and cohesive as a mass. I have been trying to stretch and fold in the container every 30-40 minutes with the exception that at 4 hours of fermenting when the dough is well aerated, I pour it out on a lightly oiled counter and do a standard tri fold both directions. I think the letter fold is less damaging to the structure and it gives me a chance to give it a good stretch and feel the development. Then after another 30 minutes or so, I divide and shape using a linen lined dusted basket.


The suggestion of the author is to pre heat the cast iron cooker at 500F. The oven is set at 450F after loading the dough. While it may be easier to load the dough in a cold cooker, I have found I like the crust and spring better using Robertsons suggestion of preheating. The change I made to the suggested procedure this time was to shorten the amount of time the top is on and baking covered. Robertson says 20 minutes covered and 20-25 minutes open baking at 450. My bakes have produced thin crusts using those times. This time I removed the cover at 15 minutes and for the second loaf, 12 minutes and open for 25 and 28 minutes respectively. At the end of the bake I opened the door a crack to help dry out the crust some.


My conclusion is that the 20 minutes of covered baking is to long for this high hydration dough. The crust is so thin and soft after the bread has cooled, slicing is difficult. You can see in my image taken when I removed the cover at 12 minutes, the dough is just starting to take on color and has started forming a crust after expanding. The crust then is more substantial having been exposed to dry heat for a longer time, making a crust that is still crisp in the morning after baking.


The oven spring was so great that the dough crested in the top of the cooker. You can see the flour marks in the cover where the top of the loaf kissed the iron top. Remarkable spring if I do say so.


My next effort will be to make a similar sized loaf but at a lower hydration.


Eric





Uncovered after 12 minutes. The spring hit the cover!





This is what it's all about. Just perfect!

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yozzause

A really good friend that has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is undergoing treatment and the hospital is fund raising with a bake off for tomorrow. To show our support i am entering some loaves in the savoury section, i have just finished the loaves which are  BEETROOT AND SUNFLOWER and a 50% WHOLEMEAL WITH STOUT, FETA AND WALNUT. 



BEETROOT AND SUNFLOWER LOAF



the 50% WHOLEMEAL  STOUT WITH FETA AND WALNUT LOAF before the oven



after the oven



 AND THERE WE HAVE IT ready to go to the hospital for judgement and sale


i do hope to be able to get a crumb shot at the hospital.


i will post the details of the doughs the bake and how tomorrow goes


oh! and a 2009 EVANS AND TATE CLASSIC WHITE from Margaret River for those that might be interested


regards Yozza 


 

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aldecrust

Hi there,


This is my first blog from across the atlantic and i wonder if somebody could help me with conversions.   I am looking to make the White Sandwich Bread from Crust and Crumb and it asks for 4 cups (16 ounces) of ferment and 3 1/2 cups (16 ounces) of flour. Why are the ounces the same and the cups different?  Depending upon the ferment does this then make the conversion different


The cups i have here are 250ml


thanks


 

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happylina

I like Millet ferment. So I mix all-purpose flour with homemade millet wine as water. I use 350ml wine and 50 water,  500g all-purpose flour, and  some Millet from ferment . About 100g 100% no active stater. A pinch of.solar salt. Here winter already cold. I put the mixture(no use 50ML water) in  12 degree room one night. Stretch and fold 3 times with 50ML water in morning.  The dough in room time about  20 hours. When the dough size bigger I shape to one about 100g ball for pizza and another big boule. After take out room. 1 day 2 night after I take back room. dough already a little froze.  So I waitting time again. Looking dough change to big . I bake pizza first in 250 degree. Pizza  blow up bubbles. So I think for boule no problem.  Before pizza out 5 minutes I take out boule from bowl and score. 



For keep heat, I take Mini Oven advice, before baking pizza I put 6 pieces broken earthware on oven bottom. And a little grain on ovenware(experience from Eric, after I think maybe not enough). pizza baking time is 15 minutes 250 degree. After take out pizza. I quickly take boule dough on ovenware. And cover with a  thin aluminous pot. This pot have 2 small holes on bottom. Under layer 20 minutes 250degree with pot cover. After I take off pot. I can see small water round hole.  20 minutes 210 degree. boule top very brown and other place not brown. So I cover top with folded aluminum paper. Round bread 10 minutes heat again. round and 10 minutes more. 1 hour heated stop. Open oven.


20 minutes later I take boule out. 



 



 



Happy crack and brown color.  When I see bottom. Bread edge already black. Compare aluminum pot before I use, ovenware get heat very quick. bread edge always near heating tube. So black.  Next time I 'll try to take ovenware on middle layer. 





After bread cool. I cut and the bread show me: Near edge big hole and bread center heat not enough no big hole.


 


With Millet wine, bread flavor good. even 3 or 4 days crumb still very soft. 


 


Thanks for your reading 


Any appraise and advice will be appreciate


 


Happylina


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By the way, I cover with bread pot same with this pot. Of course I took off the pot ears already. 

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italianlady61

I am new to this sight - my sister googled and found this site for me.  It is so interesting that there are others who have a passion for learning how and perfecting recipes they hold dear.  I have been cooking since I was little and have started up with baking my own bread once again.  I consider myself adept at cooking - I'm italian - what can I say - anyway - I am putting myself out there if anyone wants homemade bread - so far white and herb bread is what I do but will be working on doing other breads as well.  If there is anyone who is interested in purchasing good grade, natural fresh ingredients bread for the holidays or I can teach you how to cook some italian food, please e-mail me at italianlady61@hotmail.com


 


I would love to connect with someone who appreciates homemade.  Meanwhile I will love to go through the site for great ideas!  so cool!


 


 

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