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uncle goosehead

Canadian north baker, just signed up

Stumbled across this site. Chose my username because that's what the relative tend to call me for many years. I suspect I'll be stealing many ideas from here.


I started baking when the kids were little, about 20 years ago.  They made me continue. ;)  I used to make 6 loaves per week.  These days, more 'interesting' things with less hungry mouths around.  Yesterday (Sat and Sun are the baking days), I made two things.   Stollen, which surprised me with how well 3 loaves rose with 2 eggs, cup of sugar, cup of raisans, cup of pecans and 1/2 pound butter in 'em.


My second thing was garlic buns (I think it ended up being 20, but I didn't count!), which I tied into knots.  Made them crispy outside by brushing with oil before baking and then when hot, smeared them up with butter that I'd slowly cooked 6 cloves of garlic in, and somely finely grated parmesan. Put some ground flax in them, as a sop to the health nut in the house.  Eat all the butter you want as long as you add a health ingredient!


Both of these are helping the university students tolerate end of term exams.


I sort of follow recipes these days.  Generally getting general ideas from somewhere or simply what I imagine might be good.  I'm on my second Kitchen Aid mixer, having worn the first one out.  This one's getting a little loose, so may have to look for a deal.  I do make things by hand, but when I get into production baking, like for Easter, this certainly makes the job go faster.  I can do 10-12 cups of flour at once, so 3 good size loaves.  It's getting to the time of year that I like to get the woodburning contraption I have going.  I make bread in a dutch oven with coals heated on top.  I also drink tea - lots of tea. 

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Yumarama

And welcome to the bread-aholics forum. We're pretty bad around here, we don't really try to quit it at all.


"Canadian north" is rather expansive covering anything from Labrador to Northern BC, Yukon, the NWT and, well, pretty much anything north of the southernmost fringe. Where abouts in the Great White North are ya, eh? 


 


Happy baking,


Paul 


Yumarama


 

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uncle goosehead

Thanks for the welcome.  I sometimes make assumptions on the 'net that people won't know geography too well. We live in Saskatchewan. Some of the time just north of Saskatoon.  Some of the time north of La Ronge. 

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Yumarama

What bring you up that far north? 

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uncle goosehead

We go north to canoe, camp, fish, and my experiements with dutch oven baking are to make bread while in the bush.  Also make lots of bannock.  But we don't consider that real bread, which has to have yeast in my book.  Just like real tea is tea, not like that other drink "teabag".  ;)


We're having discussions right now abuot hot cross buns.  It sounds like my life is as well focussed as many of you....

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Noor13

this is such a great site with great people