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Christmas Eve dinner

December 24, 2015 - 3:01pm -- gerhard

Baked some cheese bread for tonights dinner, got the chicken legs on the bbq, and cheese along with deli meat will be our buffet for eight.  Guests should arrive in half an hour and we will eat in about an hour.  Tomorrow we will be guests at a larger family gathering with turkey and all the trimmings.

Wishing everyone a happy Christmas


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Using Domestic Yeast

December 18, 2015 - 11:34am -- jims

While waiting for a new wild yeast starter to develop I tried a loaf using domestic yeast. This time I did a slightly modified version of Lahey’s procedure, added a few stretch and turns, with about 16 hours fermentation in the refrigerator. There was a surprising amount of oven-spring and good flavor. Once the wild yeast starter kicks in I’ll use that, but the ease of using domestic yeast is certainly appealing. No feeding schedules to contend with, and no timing to worry about.

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Biscuits and cinnamon toasted almonds

December 12, 2015 - 3:55pm -- gerhard

It is a busy time in our business so I baked some cheese biscuits and cranberry biscuits for our staff to enjoy during their break time.  Since we have lots of customers in and out the door all day I thought it was a good idea to make the place smell nice so made three batches of cinnamon toasted almonds.


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Today's bake - cinnamon rolls

December 3, 2015 - 6:28am -- Bex2601

I made cinnamon rolls using a recipe from Ed Wood's World sourdough's from antiquity a couple weeks ago. It was good, but the buns not quite airy enough and a little too crunchy for my liking, so I made another attempt last night. I let them rise for 8hrs in the pan after being rolled and cut instead of the 1-2 Ed suggests. I also reduced the oven temp to 180 and cooked for 25minutes. Oh my - soft and squishy and light as air with just a little bite on top, great flavour, these are quite something - I had to have 3 to be sure they really were that good - oops!


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