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Breads, tarts and macarons

chouette22's picture

Breads, tarts and macarons

A week ago I made the Alpine Baguettes again from Dan Leader’s book “Local Breads.” This is probably my favorite bread for sandwiches to take to work (because for me, the more crust, the better). I toast them in the morning which makes them extra crunchy and brings out the nuttiness of all the seeds; a bit of mustard and then some prosciutto or spicy turkey, olives, salad, and I am in for a big treat I look forward to eating all morning.

I substitute 200g of the 500g bread flour in the recipe with 150 ww and 50 rye flour. The soaker has oats, sunflower, pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds. 

We were invited to our Italian friends’ place on Saturday for an Easter meal and I was bringing an appetizer. I decided to make vegetable tarts. On Friday I made the puff pastry, but this time I cheated a bit. I had seen this recipe of “quick puff pastry” a while ago and bookmarked it. It’s like making a “pâte brisée” where the butter is cut-in versus folding it in like in the classic recipe. Then one proceeds with 6 turns. For these vegetable tarts, I figured it was o.k. to test this version. Did it work? They came out well and were really appreciated by everyone.

I roasted 10 different vegetables: spring onions, regular onions, asparagus, bunch carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, brussel sprouts, broccoli and butternut squash.

Making this dough was super easy and there was a nice lift in the finished product, despite the shortcut. However, next time I’ll go for the classic version again, I think.

For our Easter brunch I made these Swiss milk Brötchen Murren from Pötzblog for my kids; excellent with all kinds of spreads, butter and marmalades.

Also, another baguette experiment, this time the Fromartz Traditional, but I messed it up big time. I made the dough the previous day during my vegetable tarts assembly and was supposed to give the final S&F just before our departure, after which the dough needed to be transferred into the fridge for the night. Since I was running late and things were quite chaotic, the baguette dough got forgotten and over-proofed by about 6 hours! I just put it into the fridge once we got home and nonchalantly proceeded the next day. I thought, if nothing else, they would still be tasty - and they were. There was even a bit of oven spring, who would have thought. The crumb, however, was dense, not surprisingly. The baguettes didn’t brown at all and I had expected this too. I had to turn on the broiler some two or three minutes at the end to give them a bit of a “tan.”

And another batch of macarons for dessert for our afternoon treat with coffee.  



Janetcook's picture

Is this still Spring Break baking????  Doesn't look like a break to me!  Your creativity is amazing and looks delicious - lucky friends :-)

I always think of Mini when I see a lot of seeds in a loaf....your baguette is right up there with the seeded loaves she has posted in the past.  Yours look and sound delicious.  I would be looking forward to snacking on one of those too :-)

Thanks for sharing what you have been up to in your kitchen!

Take Care,


hansjoakim's picture

Thanks for sharing more photos of your baking, chouette! The tarts look phenomenal, and I'm very tempted to try the Swiss milk Brötchen. Yum!

SylviaH's picture

and pastries!  I just see the smiling hungry faces waiting to enjoy this Easter feast!  Just mouthwatering.  Roasting veggies just brings their flavor to whole new level..and topped on the pastry OMG!  


chouette22's picture

Janet, Hansjoakim and Sylvia for the comments. Yes Janet, Easter had me back in the kitchen quasi full-time, but just for two days, however it's all worth it if people appreciate your efforts. My kids need to be reminded sometimes though that these things don't just fly out of the oven ready-made... I am not averse to a compliment or two. :)
Also, my to-bake list keeps increasing and I know I'll never get to make it all, thus special events need to be taken advantage of.

dabrownman's picture

I agree with you,  we need to take advantage of Holiday baking days.  Your baking this Easter is exceptional.  The veggie tarts are to die for.

Nice baking.

chouette22's picture

I also wanted to comment on your 14-seed bread but haven't gotten around to it yet, so I'll just do it here. What an amazing bread! And what are toadies? I looked up the word but don't get anything in the results that one would put into a bread. :)

A question: what is your source for all the berries you put into your breads? Online? Here, Whole Foods used to have some of them in the open bins, but no longer. I also love your tri-colored poppy seeds!

dabrownman's picture

Got around to replying on the other thread.  Sorry I missed this one.