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Ahhh - Golden Raisin Bread

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varda

Ahhh - Golden Raisin Bread

Yesterday I very assertively backed my car into a snowdrift and my long-suffering neighbor came out and helped dig me out, yet again.   (My husband came out in the middle of all this and dug too but that's his job so no more about that.)   Anyhow, a situation like this calls for bread, and I didn't want to make some pointy-headed thing that only a bread enthusiast would enjoy so I searched through Hamelman and (drum roll please) found his Golden Raisin Bread.  



Now who said good bread needs an open crumb?  (Ok.   No one.   I read the whole discussion.   Absolutely no one said that.)



(Oh.  My neighbor got the round one.)


Varda

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OldWoodenSpoon

how popular home bakers are with the neighbors?!  Those are very nice loaves Varda. You and your neighbor (and hubby too of course) are lucky to have each other.


We just love raisins (and walnuts too) in bread.  My library does not have Hammelman's book.  I may have to go buy it myself so I can try this one too.


Watch out for those snowdrifts.
OldWoodenSpoon

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varda

If you can get a hold of Hamelman it's worth it.   I have baked around 20 of his breads and there isn't a bad one in the lot (except for what my inexperience brings to the table.)   And he has such a variety of breads that there is one for every occasion - thanking your neighbor for digging you out of a snowdrift for instance.   Thanks for your kind words. -Varda

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Syd

Delicious, Sylvia!  The crumb looks soft and tender as if there were milk in the formula, but I know there isn't because I have the book myself and I just went to look up the recipe.  I can just imagine toasted with melted butter. :)


Syd

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varda

I'm still not Sylvia.   But I'm flattered because I know she's a great baker.  I'm not proud of it, but we mostly ate raisin bread for dinner tonight.   It was just too tasty to eat anything else.  -VARDA

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Syd

Got you this time!  Just making sure you are reading my posts... now it has kind of stuck... is it okay then if I call you Sylvia from now on?  You can call me whatever you wish!!!  :)


Fondly,


Syd

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LindyD

Well, I know you're Varda, Varda!


Pretty bread.  I haven't tried the raisin formuals yet.  You've shown me what I've been missing.  Not crazy about walnuts, so I'll skip those.


It took me a while to figure out what a "pointy-headed" bread might be.  


BTW, snow tires work wonders.  Mine go on in November and come off in April.  ;-)

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varda

Well if we are on the threshhold of a new ice age I suppose I better get some snow tires.   Actually I'm not sure myself what a pointy-headed bread would be now that I think of it.  But this raisin bread is a classic Hamelman sourdough with yeast and oats and raisins thrown in (no walnuts) and that gives it a completely different character.   -Varda

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dmsnyder

Nice excuse to bake. (Like you need one.)


David

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varda

I suppose I could have used the "it's Tuesday" excuse (or Wednesday or Thursday...) but that just makes me around par for this list.  -Varda

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PMcCool

any day that ends in "Y" is a good day for riding.  Seems like it ought to work for baking, too.


Paul

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highmtnpam

Try Hamelman's hazelnut and currant bread,  Wonderful!


Pam

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varda

Thanks for the recommendation.   I'll definitely try it, now that I've wandered down this alley of Hamelman.  -Varda