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timtune

Once in a while, my mind will conjure some crazy idea.
I did an experiment today. I tried smoking bread... Here goes the experiment.

Since i lacked time, i made a small lean dough with more yeast, from Whole wheat and all purpose.

Dough rised and got punched down. Shaped into a rough naan.

For the smoking device...i used a wok with a lid, lined with foil and the fuel was brown rice and green tea (for added frangrance). Could smoke chicken, pork or duck in that too.
Once fully heated, my kitchen smelled like a Chinese pork roasting pit! haha...smoky and fragrant in a way.

placed the bread in the wok, and smoked it for about 15minutes +...

Result?
Smoky aroma with a slight sour hint.
Bread was soft and not dry due to vapour built in wok.

although it was fun to experiment, i think i'll stick with the normal oven for the mean time. hehe..

Perhaps, it would do better with raw toppings... Smoked pizza?? :P

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Floydm

Today I baked the baguettes with Pâte Fermenté and the Roasted Potato Bread from Hamelman's Bread book.

many breads I baked today

The potato loaves are the round ones with the fendu style crease.

I love how Hamelman gives advice on how one should shape hundreds of fendu style loaves, but very little advice for the home baker. Typical of him: great recipes, but he rarely bothers helping out the novices.

I'll try to post more photos and a recipe soon.

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Floydm

We had the buttermilk rolls on the Thanksgiving table. They were wonderful.

I'm trying to finish our can of coffee as quickly as I can so that I can use it to try baking a Panettone. In the meantime, I'll probably bake another batch or two of stollen and some of my family's Christmas cookies.

We going to visit family in Texas in a couple of weeks. Supposedly Texas is where fruit cake originated. I may have to pick up a couple of authentic Texas fruit cakes while I am there. If anyone knows of a particularly good place to get fruit cake from, please let me know.

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timtune

My 1st attempt at Lefse.

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I thought i was easy to shape...but...not so....
Rather small too as i only have a small pan to cook it... (not griddle)

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timtune

I burnt my lil finger a bit just now while making Naans for dinner today (thx to my very small oven size!). I'm having a vegetarian Indian dinner tonight.

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The Naan goes with lentil curry and fried bittergourd with spices. :) [Dunno how it tastes like yet though...]

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timtune

Once in a while, i guess i have to make a breakfast treat for myself. But every breakfast's a treat to me being a breakfast lover. :P
Though more suited for tea time, i decided made some Austrian or German (not too sure which one) jam filled yeast dumplings. But somehow, i forgot to include eggs in the dough. Nevertheless, it still was soft and moist (with flowing hot jam) and i dun think the eggs would make a significant difference.

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I think i'd like to have it chilled better, thanks to the everlasting summer in the tropics.. haha

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Altaf

Been busy...but watching, and i'm back with goodies.

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timtune

It's been a long time that i've wanted to try this (from Reinharts BBA).
The recipe asked for a small portion of pumpernickel grind flour, but i can't find that, so i used a small percentage of wholewheat.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Couronne crease/ cracks didn't came out so well thanks to not making it deep enough. Flavour was great! Tasted mildly sour and of toasted sunflowers.

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whitedaisy

I tried the Bagel recipe again. I was a little nervous in the beginning. The dough seemed really wet and messy. But I keep kneading and all was well. My bagels were really good this time.

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timtune

With my exams over, i just had to test the BBA's pizza recipe method.
I made Pizza Magherita but with Romano and Mimolette cheese . I guess mimolette isn't a good melter, as u can see the lil orange bits.

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Also, dough hydration was way too high to toss. Just had to fold it and press it down on the pan.

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