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Floydm

Krakow Bagels recipe online

Stan posted this elsewhere here but it is kind of buried at the end of a thread, so I wanted to repeat his message here:


The Wall Street Journal Online picked up our recipe and credits the book ... you can find it at http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703794104575545843564259642-lMyQjAxMTAwMDEwMjExNDIyWj.html


Congrats, Stan and Norm.  We're all looking forward to seeing all of your hard work come to fruition!

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Yuval35

Brioche question

Hello,


recentlly i am trying to improve my brioche skils.


I made 2 classic brioche receips but unfortuantlly the dough wasn't rise enough.


finally i found another receipe from KAF which was very good in a matter of texture but the flavors was poor( in my opinion).


anyway i was searching the web for other brioche receips and found several differences and methods.


1. some of them are not using any liquid instead of butter and eggs and some of them using around 1\4 to 1\2 water\milk\orange juice.


    the receips whice i faild with them was without water. the KAF was with water which was easier to handle.


2. another issue is the butter temparature. some of them insist to use cold butter and some of them using  soft butter.


can anyone put some light about those methods ?

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Mebake

1st try: Peter Reinhart's "Struan"

For a change, i decided to lay a side my beloved "BREAD" by Hamelman, and go back to my first baking companion: "Peter Reinhart's" Whole GRain BReads.


I always wanted to bake the Struan, but the laborious and tedious preparation for this bread deterred me. Yesterday, i took a deep breath and gave it a try.


The Recipe (750 g loaf) calls for butter, sweetner, and cooked and uncooked soaked grains. This is a 100% wholewheat bread.


I deviated in two places: 1) folded the dough once after the first 30 minutes of the total 1 hour bulk fermentation. 2) I did not add the extra flour, so the dough was wetter than suggested by Reinhart.





Now that i did Baked it, i realized that i should have either added the extra flour called for, or shortened the final 1 hour final proofing time to 30 minutes max. The Loaf was overproofed.


The taste of the bread is absolutely superb, sweet soft interior with chewy soft grains, and wheaty after taste.


 Highly recommended!!

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midwest baker

Mediterranean Rolls

http://www.evatoneva.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=234:mediterraneanbreads&catid=6:pitki&Itemid=8


This recipe for Mediterrainean Rolls looks really good. I haven't made them yet but I finally have what I think is a good translation to English.The original recipe is at the above link. The amount of yeast looks high so I'd cut that down. The salt looks low but parmesan is salty so it's probably okay. Thought you might want to have the translation.


 



Mediterrainean Rolls


400-450 g flour
300 g  water
100 g Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
7 g instant yeast
2 tsp honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp rosemary
50 g olive oil (about 4 T)

Dissolve yeast and honey in 150 ml of warm water, cover and leave in a warm place to rise for 10-15 minutes.
In a bowl sift flour and salt, add the finely grated cheese, stir.
Make a well and pour the yeast and remaining water, Knead to a soft dough.
Shape it into balls and place in a greased bowl, cover it with cloth and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume.
Pour the risen dough on work surface, cut it to 8 equal parts.
Shape rolls, place them in greased or parchment paper covered baking tray.
Allow rolls to rise for 20-30 minutes.
Brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary.
Bake them 20-30 minutes in preheated oven to 350 degrees F.


Mary


www.midwestbaker.blogspot.com

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Yuval35

Brioche Question

Hello,


recentlly i am trying to improve my brioche skils.


I made 2 classic brioche receips but unfortuantlly the dough wasn`t rise enough.


finally i found another receipe from KAF which was very good in a matter of texture but the flavors was poor( in my opinion).


anyway i was searching the web for other brioche receips and found several differences and methods.


1. some of them are not using any liquid instead of butter and eggs and some of them using around 1\4 to 1\2 water\milk\orange juice.


    the receips whice i faild with them was without water. the KAF was with water which was easier to handle.


2. another issue is the butter temparature. some of them insist to use cold butter and some of them using  soft butter.


can anyone put some light about those methods ?

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AnnieT

Semolina Bread

The family were coming to supper and as a change from my usual sourdough loaf to go with the hearty soup I decided to make Semolina Bread. Pane di Semola on another page of my notebook, guess I really liked the sound of this recipe to copy it twice. After the dough has doubled the instructions say to punch it down (!) and "chafe" for 5 minutes. I searched high and low and could not find a single reference to chafing, so I folded the dough over a couple of times and let it rest before dividing. I am sure some kind TFL member will be able to tell me how to chafe? By the way, the bread got rave reviews for the lovely soft crust and yellow crumb, but my grandgirls pointed out the space for the lazy baker! A.


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La masa

One handed slap & fold

This all started as a joke in the Spanish forum http://www.elforodelpan.com


I commented on my way of kneading, which is basically the slap & fold method using just one hand. It's a very convenient method for the amount of dough I use to make, about 1.2 Kg or 2.65 lb, but I've used it with up to 2.5 Kg of dough.


Good-humoured discussiong followed, with some forum members ironically questioning the possibility of such a thing as one-hand slap & fold, so I decided to make a little video and this is the result.


 


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breadsong

Baguettes - 2nd try

Hello, I tried Mr. Hamelman's Baguettes with Poolish (half-recipe) again today. A big thank you to khalid who gave me some very useful comments after my first baguette post, which were a great help this time around. This time the baguettes were easier to score.
I am still hoping for more holes:
 
Ciril Hitz has a baguette shaping video ( http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/18968/baguette-shaping-ciril-hitz ) (thanks to dmsnyder for posting this!); in this video Mr. Hitz demonstrates, by stretching the dough, what development should be before shaping (my dough wasn't quite that developed)...will try for better gluten development next time & see if this improves the crumb...   
Regards, breadsong

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busy lizzy

Gluten Free Bread recipes

Hello,  I have recently been told that I can only eat Gluten free or yeast free breads.  I'm at a loss what does this mean and where can I find these recipes.  I have been baking for over 50 years and this is a first for me. I would appreciatae any help I can get.  Thanks Busy Lizy

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hansjoakim

Seeds and apples, part II

Autumn is truly here, and every tree is decked out in breathtaking yellow and red colours. This is one of my favourite parts of the year, where afternoons are best spent strolling among the autumn leaves on silent sidewalks and catching every last bit of warmth the sun can muster.


The colder times of the year are also the best to bake in, and this week I've tried my hands at one of my absolute favourite lighter rye breads, Hamelman's flax seed rye from Modern Baking. The formula is very similar to many of his rye sourdough breads from "Bread", but I feel the Modern Baking flax seed rye is even better balanced in terms of overall hydration and amount of soaker. The addition of stale bread to the cold soaker gives this bread a unique, robust rye flavour.


This week, I've enjoyed two flax seed rye loaves based on a formula that is a slight adaption of Hamelman's original. Here's a link to my slightly modified formula. Below is a shot of the loaf at the end of final proof, seconds before I'm sliding it into the hot oven:


Flax seed rye bread


And here it is, fresh out of the oven:


Flax seed rye bread


Here's a shot of the second loaf, which was gently rolled in oat bran before it was proofed in a floured banneton:


Flax seed rye bread


Here's a shot of the crumb, from a little later in the day:


Flax seed rye bread crumb


The crumb doesn't get very open due to the flax seeds, but it's very moist and stays fresh for days. Once you've almost finished it, save some slices to put in your next batch :)


 


I've also continued my apple tart studies with some pleasantly autumn-tasting Calvados apple custard tarts:


Apple Tart Parisienne


 


...and the tart "crumb" below. Local apples are stunningly good this time of year, and a tart like this is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. A thin layer of lingonberry jam provides a nice tang to the otherwise vanilla and Calvados infused apples:


Apple Tart Parisienne


 

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