“Hot Cross Buns” (BBB April 2017)

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forsythiaBBB April 2017 summary: recipe for Kare Pan; spring at last; embracing diversity; deep-frying in a wok; statute of limitations for April Fooling; a Bread Baking Babes project;

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kare pan It’s Easter and spring really has sprung at last! What better way to celebrate than with hot cross buns?

Whoa!! That doesn’t look like a hot cross bun?!

What exactly IS the statute of limiatations on April Fooling? Even if it’s a little bit lame? Because, of course, it’s completely obvious that that isn’t even close to being a hot cross bun. :lalala:

In fact, it’s what Aparna chose for this month’s project for the Bread Baking Babes (BBB) April 2017: Kare Pan (Japanese Curry Buns)

Kare pan (curry bread), is a very famous Japanese snack which has been featured in many animes and dramas. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat curry. If you’re new to curry, kare pan is a great way to start! I had some left over curry from the night before, so I decided to make kare pan. You can eat it for lunch, dinner, or as a mid-day snack. I ended up eating too many and had to skip dinner…
– Mamaloli, Kare Pan Recipe

That’s right. No traditional hot cross buns this time round (or at least not on this page). But.

Let’s not forget the name of Aparna’s blog: My Diverse Kitchen….

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Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread (BBB March 2017)

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Bread Baking Babes March 2017 summary: recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread; adjusting old recipes for today’s tastes; yeast amounts; a Bread Baking Babes project; better late than never….

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) March 2017: Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread

Struan Bread (BBB) Pat (Feeding My Enthusiasms) was doing some spring cleaning and came across a copy of Peter Reinhart’s “Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Cafe | Recipes and Stories from Brother Juniper’s Cafe” published in 1994. In it is the recipe for Reinhart’s then all-time favorite bread: Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread. Struan Bread was a favourite bread in Pat’s household in the 1990s, so she chose it for the BBBabes to make this month.

I can hear you asking the very same thing that I did: “Struan Bread??” (continue reading )

Serendipity: Cabbage and Rapini

summary: stir-fried cabbage and rapini is the best; playing the Glad Game;

Whoohoooo! It’s above freezing and the roads are clear!

We went for a glorious bike-ride on Saturday. Before leaving, we chatted with our neighbour across the lane. He was happily chopping ice from the lane, thrilled to be outside in shirtsleeves. And so, as we rode north from the lake (that’s uphill…), we too had to stop to peel off scarves, mittens, extra sweaters, etc. etc. Because even though the gardens are still covered in snow, the sun was shining, and the roads were clear.

What a change from the weekend before when it took me twice the time it usually does to drive on snow-covered roads to get to work! When I got there, someone asked a colleague how her drive had been. Her reply: “Grim.”

cabbage and rapini The night after that dreadful drive, when it was still cold and snowy outside, we were rifling through the vegetable drawer to get the rapini and saw that there was quite as much as we had thought. There was only enough for one person. And there were two for dinner.

If there hadn’t been snow and ice all over the roads, we would have jumped on our bikes to race to the vegetable store. Walking would be equally treacherous and too slow (not everyone in our neighbourhood is diligent about clearing the snow from the sidewalk…). Of course, we could have taken the car. But that wouldn’t be right! (continue reading )

Jachnun and Zhug: trying something new has its rewards (BBB February 2017)

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Bread Baking Babes February 2017 summary: recipes for Jachnun and Zhug; stretching; overcoming fears; 9th (!) anniversary for the BBBabes; a Bread Baking Babes project;

jachnun and zhug Bread Baking Babes (BBB) January 2017: Jachnun

jachnun (BBB) Eeeeeeek!!! Now THAT is Bien Cuit

This month’s recipe, jachnun, was chosen by the always intrepid Lien (Notitie von Lien).

Jachnun is one of those dishes that everyone in Israel loves […] to be prepared a day in advance and baked all night long, so that there would be hot food on the sabbath, when lighting fires is prohibited. […] Brought over by Yemenite immigrants from Aden […] Originally, it was baked under the coals in families’ outdoor tabouns, recall immigrants’ children. It’s traditionally served here with grated fresh tomato, skhug (Yemenite hot sauce), and a hard-boiled egg, cooked in the pot along with the dough. You can find it sold at roadside stands, restaurants and rest stops […] Mind you, there are people still making jachnun from scratch. (There are supposedly even people still baking it under coals — though not many.)
– Liz Steinberg, Jachnun — Yemenite breakfast, Cafe Liz
Jachnun, a hearty, heavy, crepe-like Yemenite bread, is most often served with grated tomato and spicy z’hug on Saturdays as part of the Sabbath brunch. Observant Jews who don’t cook on Saturdays place a tightly covered pan of jachnun in a barely warm oven on Friday night (or drop the tin in the embers of the taboon and slow-bake it until they pull it out Saturday and serve it for lunch. Traditionally one egg for each guest is baked on top of the dough within the sealed tin; when they are peeled and quartered the next day, the shell and the white are deeply browned. […] This is hearty, heavy eating at its best — eat one or two pieces and you’re happily satisfied for hours. […] Do remember that it bakes for twelve hours.
– Uri Scheft, Jachnun, Breaking breads: A New World of Israeli Baking, p.149

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Orange You Glad You Baked This? – BBBabes and BBBuddies (January 2017)

summary: January 2017 Bread Baking Buddies; BBB Fouace Nantaise gallery

Fouace Nantaise is January’s BBB project. Considering that oranges are at the height of their season in late December and January (or at least that’s the case in the northern hemisphere), it just seemed fitting to choose a bread made with oranges. Even though not much of the orange is used….

BBBuddies Jan2017Bread Baking Buddies (BBB): Fouace Nantaise

This January, the BBBabes made Fouace Nantaise, based on Jamie Schler’s (Life’s a Feast) recipe. (Here is the recipe I used and here is Jamie’s recipe.)

This January has been a rollercoaster with wild weather fluctuations and bizarre happenings south of the border. Several BBBabes weathered the storms and baked the bread, but just three BBBuddies joined us this time around. Perhaps they got scared off by the looooooong rising time.

As always, BBBuddies come from all over the world; isn’t the internet wonderful? (continue reading )