I’ve been a bad blogger. Bad blogger! Bad! Sorry for the delays. I’ve been busy, what can I say? But not too busy to totally forget that I wanted to make honey wheat bread again. I admit, this one came out more crumbly (and not in a good way) than the first. But it tasted … Continue reading Honey Wheat Bread Part 2
I’ve recently become a fan of pinterest, a horribly, disgustingly, ridiculously addicting website. Just check it out and you’ll hate me instantly. You’re welcome. Aaand I managed to find yet another place to find inspiration. This time (and not surprisingly) in the form of food. So then I made this… …and just like it looks, … Continue reading learn how to braid…bread, kinda.
I’ve been gone so long, that wordpress logged me out : ) Sorry I’ve been gone, kids. The new job has taken a bit of a toll, and even though I get every other Friday off, I’m exhausted. Well I’m still working at the wine bar on Saturday nights, just to help save more for … Continue reading ooops sorry & perfect cookies.
So as usual, I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to make something from scratch for dinner. This time, the new jar of tomato sauce I’d been wanting to try, the fresh onion, basil and mushrooms from the farmers market, and my recent adventures in bread land all came together and made … Continue reading I made pizza and it was amazing.
After being (pretty much) successful at brioche bread, I decided I’d try my hand at wheat bread. But I like the honey wheat bread from the store. So then I decided to try making honey wheat bread. And awaaayyy I went : ) Let’s begin… Ingredients 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast 1 teaspoon … Continue reading Honey…Wheat Bread. Or, Honey Wheat Bread.
So a couple of weeks ago, I tried my hand at brioche bread. I didn’t know that I had picked a recipe for “light” brioche until the baking was in process. So last week, I decided to try my hand at the upper crust kind – full of buttery goodness and all the guilt associated with it.
While there are a number of videos showing the proper way to hand-knead the dough, it was hard to find a good recipe. For the record, hand-kneading the dough was totally by choice and had nothing to do with the fact that I don’t have a stand mixer. Promise! I always like to do it the long way before I take a shortcut. Next time though, I may take my neighbor up on his offer to use his mixer, as a combined hour and half of slamming and stretching made my arms feel like overcooked spaghetti. Yes, way beyond al dente.
I did make a couple of mistakes. The first was that I let the dough rise overnight in the fridge, in AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER. Duh! I knew better, but I did it anyway. Blame it on my spaghetti arms which must have led to a case of mushy brains. When I opened the container the next morning, there was pretty much zero rise. Doh! Or I guess in this instance, “Dough!” would be the proper exclamation. Also, I followed a recipe that specified water instead of milk. Again, not sure why I did it, as I know full well that milk will provide a much better flavor in any baked good compared to water. “Double dough!”
Regardless, I gave one loaf to my sister, who happened to have a houseful of in-laws in town. I also kept a loaf for ourselves. And because I had a little extra dough, I tried to make a couple of etat just to see how it works. They did not come out very well, as my dough wasn’t as well developed as I would have liked, which in turn was not conducive to shaping the bread.
Here’s the recipe I adapted using a few different recipes I stumbled upon:
I hand kneaded it, too! Ok we can’t get too excited. It’s resting overnight. Tomorrow, I’ll probably break it up into three small loaves. I didn’t take in between pictures, but I’ll make sure to take some when it’s baked tomorrow. I kneaded for over and hour while watching football with the hubs, with a … Continue reading upper crust brioche bread