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December 10, 2009 - 7:07pm -- Floydm

Update December 1, 2011: for a beautiful recent Panetonne post, see MWilson's Francesco Elmi Panettone.

I've always wanted to make Panettone but never had the guts to try it. Last week I happened to be walking by a fancy kitchen gadget shop and see Panettone wrappers near the window, so I picked some up and decided to give it a shot this year.

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Cranberry-Pecan Bars

February 8, 2009 - 1:18pm -- Floydm

I usually bake these around Christmas, but the recipe was requested recently and there is no reason they wouldn't be good any time of the year.

The recipe is from a Better Homes & Gardens "Cookies Cookies Cookies" cookbook.

Cranberry-Pecan Bars

1 cup AP flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

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Sweet Potato Rolls

November 18, 2007 - 10:20am -- Floydm

I made this recipe up last night. We thought they were great, so I think I'll make them again for Thanksgiving.

The sweet potatoes give the rolls a beautiful orange color. They also give off a nice earthy smell. You don't taste them very much, though they do keep the rolls soft and supple.

I made mine too large, more like hamburger buns than rolls. Next time I'll divide the dough into smaller pieces.

Sweet Potato Rolls
makes 12 to 18 rolls

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Cold and flu season

February 8, 2007 - 6:32am -- pumpkinpapa

Ok it's cold and flu season here in Ontario and I'm curious what others do when they get hit by colds and/or the flu? Home bakers and bakeries all apply.

Do you cease all baking, wear protective apparatus (masks, gloves, etc), close up the bakery for a few days (or longer). Now being a small business owner myself I know it's wildly impractical to close up for any length of time but how have you done it or are doing it right now?

I'm nurturing starters from a distance right now :( 

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Drafty, dry winter weather makes for slow proofs

January 29, 2007 - 6:30am -- pumpkinpapa

I currently live in an old drafty farm house which in this cold winter weather is dry enough to dry salt in :) My last house was newer and less drafty and had a humidifier.

I've seen the proofing times rise dramatically and am trying to find ways to counter this. It's also tough to keep the temperature above  the 69 F or 20 C range too.

What methods have you found to lessen this kind of impact?

In the summer we swelter in humidity so that will be a completely different experience. 


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