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 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.
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.
I have several draft posts set aside for myself, one of which I added just last night. Several are from this time last year, when I started my blog. They have to do with my family and my childhood, and were largely my efforts to piece together what I know from the snippets, memoirs, white … Continue reading Ignore This Post.
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
So I got a wild hair up my bum to make bread. Well actually, I was a trying out an item from the menu I’m toying with and thought I’d make the bread, too. So I opted for brioche. What I found was a recipe for light brioche. I didn’t realize until after I was … Continue reading making….and then breaking, bread