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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Which Atta Should We Buy? What a dilemma!

Filed under: baking,BBBabes,bread - yeasted & unyeasted,food & drink,whine — ejm @ 13:25 EST

[rant-alert]Yup. It’s about flour again. This time the excessive ranting and raving is about how ludicrous it is to be buying “no additives” Atta (as good as it is) that comes all the way from India, when wheat is a major product of Canada.[/rant-alert]

summary: reasonably priced atta WITHOUT additives in Toronto; comparison of various brands; chapatis made with atta are fabulous; is there really a need for Canada to be importing wheat? (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

chapati We cannot stop making chapatis!

When the BBBabes were making chapatis, in her tips to the BBBabes, Aparna mentioned that for best results, we really should try to be using atta. It has been a while since we bought atta (so long ago that I don’t remember what brand it was). As I recall, we weren’t overly thrilled with the chapatis we made with it – but those were early days and I was only just beginning to make bread at all. It seems to me that we had to throw the last of the atta out because it went rancid.

Aparna suggested the Aashirvaad brand. I really didn’t think we’d be able to get it here in Toronto. After all, it’s from India! But lo and behold, there it was, not just at the Indian supermarket but at the No Frills supermarket as well.

We waffled about buying it.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Not-quite-Wordless Not-quite-Wednesday: Have lame, now what?


homemade Bread Lame handle


Friday, 16 January 2015

Puff! Puff! Puff!! Chapatis (BBB January 2015)


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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Chapatis, based on a recipe in “A Taste of India” by Madhur Jaffery; cooking on an electric stove, including a how-to video; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) January 2015

I know; we JUST made Indian flatbread! But this one is different – not nearly as rich.

I have the honour of being the host kitchen for this January. And I really wanted to choose bread that is made with just flour, water and salt. Heaven knows that we need to have something plain and simple after all our excesses over the holidays….

The foods of my childhood can still be found in Delhi: many more have been layered on. Morning still start in a haze of familiar smoke sent skyward by millions of stoves and cookers. […] Chapatis, delicate wholewheat breads, are slapped on to cast-iron griddles – tavas. These chapatis will be buttered lovingly, stacked, and then together with the vegetables and a piece of green mango pickle, ensconced inside the compartments of a million tiffin-carriers.
- Madhur Jaffrey, A Taste of India, p. 20


Recently, we have been thrilled with the chapatis we’ve been making. And while making chapatis for some people who make chapatis almost every day might be a little humdrum, for us, the thrill has not lessened. Not even remotely. :-)

Eons ago, when we visited India and were staying with friends, T suggested that I should be showed how to make chapatis. We were all very excited. And when we got home, I tried and tried to replicate the bread. Finally (and I can’t remember where I got the idea), we had major success – because I used very hot water to mix the dough.

Here is what we do to make chapatis: Chapatis (BBB January 2015)

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Wordless Not-Wednesday: what to do with extra bread

Filed under: food & drink,Wordless and/or Black & White Wednesdays — ejm @ 23:47 EST

Mionetto Prosecco
POPPP!! . . . Fzzzzz!
Cheese Fondue and Prosecco

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

On the sixth day of Christmas…

Filed under: baking,BBBabes,bread - yeasted & unyeasted,food & drink — ejm @ 10:28 EST

summary: warp mode cooking; savoury BBB not-brioche flower; Happy New Year! (click on images to see larger views)

BBB star bread with olive filling What is it about December? I get always very confused about time. At the beginning of December, I think there’s tons of time until Christmas. And then, in the same delusional state, I decide that I’ll put together yet another Advent calendar, because it really takes no time at all. {cough}

I cannot believe that I actually managed to put together a little puzzle and/or quiz other years as well. This year, there were bitter complaints about the lack of puzzle when a puzzle was promised. Sorry about that!! As it was, it was a miracle that the calendar was finished in time! (continue reading…)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brioche flower; or is it a star?? (BBB December 2014)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for brioche flower; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) December 2014

Oh boy!! Snow! (I’d like to pretend that that’s why I’m late posting, but it’s not. It’s just my usual inability to plan ahead. :lalala: Does it count that I’m ALMOST on time?)

BBB Brioche flower A while back, I saw the most beautiful loaf that had been baked by a number of different bakers in the Facebook group, “Artisan Bread Bakers”. I immediately made a mental note to make one just like it.

And then I forgot about my mental note. (There’s a big surprise.) Luckily, Cathy didn’t forget and decreed that this would be the BBBabes’ December challenge. (continue reading…)

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