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Whipping Cream ideas

  I was thinking of a way to use Whipping Cream in a recipe last night and considered this may make an interesting thread on TFL.

How about it...What do you use Whipping Cream for?

note: I have three young children, all's fair. :-)
  All the best,

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Janet Campbell

First ever baguette using Anis' recipe - Thanks Mark!

I have this thing about everything being perfect that I've been trying my whole life to just get over. Well, I'm finding baking bread is helping in ways I never imagined.

This is my first ever attempt at baguettes. Mark at The Back Home Bakery suggested I use Anis' recipe for baguettes (if my ciabatta I was making on the weekend didn't turn out - it did.) I decided today I'd use the recipe but make baguettes. I was getting confused looking at all the videos out there on kneading, folding, shaping, etc. I finally decided to use the French fold that I saw on the Gourmet website as I wanted to see what it felt like. I started making the dough yesterday and the folding was interesting. It was very cool how the dough finally (just a tad longer than on the video - ha) came together. Not as smooth and silky but I didn't want to overknead. Put the dough in the fridge and counted down the hours until about 3pm today.

Here's where the perfectionism comes in. I didn't think it had risen enough but went ahead shaping. I decided to go with the shaping technique I first saw in one of Mark's videos but, again, concerned I'm not shaping tight enough, too tight or just plain wrong. Let them proof and then managed to roll them out into a baguette shape. Put them in the oven and when I took them out I thought... boy, one's too brown and one is too light on the sides. I put them on a rack to cool and just walked away for awhile. Came back and cut a slice to see not a bad crumb. Took a bite and decided right then and there that it's not about being perfect. It's about the satisfaction of baking bread from scratch, experimenting and trying new things.

It's been an epiphany and it feels good.



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Getting dough to rise when it's cold

Hi Everyone,

We live in Israel, and in the summer it's really hot and bread rises beautifully with less yeast. But in the winter, it's too cold and I can't get things to rise.

I have a gas oven, so the trick of turning your oven on a bit to warm up and putting the dough in doesn't work.

Sometimes I keep it under the blow heater, but that doesn't work well and dries it out.

The best thing is (but only if it's a sunny day) to let the dough rise inside the car!

The funny thing is that if I have bread (specifically challah) dough rising in the kitchen while it's warm from the cooking/baking, it won't rise as well as my sourdough bread!

If anyone has any good tips to offer, I'd be really grateful!

All the best,


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DLX users question

Hi Everyone

I have a question for all you seasoned DLX users out there.  I recently bought one and I'm getting the hang of it for kneeding bread, but I had a question about the mechanism.  I kneed about 10 cups of flour with the roller, setting it about one inch from the side of the bowl, and when it has been kneeding for a while and the dough is nice and stiff, the arm moves out quite a way towards the center of the bowl when the dough comes round.  Is this the way is should be to kneed the bread efficiently, or should I place the roller farther from the edge so it does not need to move out so much when the dough comes around?



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Cinnamon rolls

I made cinnamon rolls for the second time today. I used the recipe from SusanFNP's "Wild Yeast" blog, a wonderful site for bakers. The recipe is adapted from Michael Suas, with whom Susan has taken classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute, I believe. The link to Susan's recipe is:

I modified the filling by using a "only add water" cinnamon bread/roll shmear from KAF and added some plumped up raisins and lightly toasted, coarsely chopped pecans.

The rolls were a pleasure to make. Susan's instructions are always so good. I'm sure these rolls would be a delight to any cinnamon roll lovers. Sad to say, I've decided I just don't like pastries this sweet. 



I must return to my quest for the Cheese Pockets of my Dreams.


Addendum (1/12/09): This recipe makes 16 rolls, which is a lot. In "Baking with Julia," the recipe for sticky buns says you can freeze the dough right after rolling it up, i.e., before cutting the rolls and proofing them. So, I divided my dough into two parts, filled and rolled up both, baked one and froze the other. Good to know. I'll probably not bake the frozen roll for at least a week. I'll let you all know how those turn out.


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New York Style Bagel success on my FIRST TRY!!!

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to share pictures of my first ever NY bagel attempt (my first bagel attempt period).  Although I had a few small mistakes, they turned out FANTASTIC!!!  I live in Pittsburgh, PA but have traveled to the New York area many many times for work.  I found a place in Long Island that I would buy 3-4 dozen bagels at a time and bring them back to Pittsburgh and freeze them any time I was there.  There is really only one good place to get a bagel in Pittsburgh (in my opinion) and it's a chain.  So, I decided to make my own NYC Everything Bagels!  I sort of combined two different recipes and they really turned out great, I'm eating one as I type this.  They are chewy and have a great crust on the outside that gives it a nice initial crunch.  The inside is nice and textured with a really great flavor.  I think they came out extra special because the entire time I was making the bagels I was watching two deer hang out in my backyard (I live 50 blocks from downtown, so I'm truly "in the city" which makes it rare).  Below are the pictures... As you can tell, I like a little bagel with my toppings :)  The only real mistakes I think I made were not hydrating the dehydrated onion flakes before baking (as you can see below, they burned a little) and crowding them on my baking sheet (I only have one at the moment).  Other than that, I'm so pleased with them that I can't stop smiling!


PS - Excuse the blurry pictures, they were taken with my phone's camera as my regular camera is broken


SAF Instant Yeast

High Gluten flour purchased at GFS (unfortunately it was bleached, but the only high gluten I can find locally)

about a 3/4 cup each of dehydrated onion flakes, dehydrated garlic, poppy seeds, kosher salt and seasame seeds

Barley malt powder (inside and in the boil)

After rolling them






In the oven!




The deer that watched me

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What kind of insect is this in my wheat grinder - left dormant for 8 years ?

I got out my 30 year old Magic Mill wood stone wheat grinder, after not being used for at least 8 years.  It was stored in the laundry room, and I had stupidly left about a half teaspoon of hard red winter wheat flour in the collector (& stone grinding area).  I was surprised to find about 8-10 of these dark brown/black appearing larvae still alive and moving around after all this time.  They are about 1/2" long, and I took these photos with a digital microscope, so they look larger than life.

Larvae image #1

Larvae Image #2


I have not seen any of the more typical brown flour beetles that chomp through boxes and bags (about the size of a small sesame seed), nor any moths.  There was also tons of carmel colored smaller, dried out poppy seed size particles & some webs all over every aspect of the grinder.  I scraped some and took another shot that is more detailed under microscope.  I'm assuming these must be dried out eggs?

Larvae Eggs ???

Anyway, I'm totally freaked out about using this old Mill, as it is very hard to get it all apart enough to clean thoroughly...and am thinking about just getting a new Nutramill to replace it.


Any idea what these critters are...and how they could still be alive after at least 8 years?


I wasn't sure where to post this, but I had linked photos, so if moderator needs to move it, please do.

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Carnation Dry Milk vs. Baker's Special Dry Milk


I put this question in the wrong place yeserday, sorry for that but can someone tell me what the difference is and should I be geting the Baker's dry milk for better  bread? I have made so much and don't seem to get it just right.

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Pandoro (a lievito naturale)


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White Bread - A King's twist

 Don't turn your nose up, just yet.  ;-)

This is a very interesting Blog post, fresh, from King Arthur Flour:


I'm not a big fan of White bread but I did find that very interesting.
Maybe especially for our kids at times.
  All the best,