Revisiting Bialys and Loving Them (BBB July 2016)

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BBB July 2016 summary: recipe for Bialys, based on a recipes in “The Hot Bread Kitchen” and “Bien Cuit”; making substitutions; malfunctioning scales; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) July 2016: Bialys


Isn’t summer wonderful after a good thunderstorm?

About a month ago, Judy (Judy’s Gross Eats) decreed that we would make bialys this month. Which I applauded at the time. Because the weather was perfect. And it’s been too long since I made bialys.

Then, all last week, it was poisonously hot and humid. So much so that I almost (not quite, but almost) regretted our decision, of 5 or 6 years ago, to disable our air conditioner.

But bialys were calling to me…. (continue reading )

KAF pineapple cluster (bookmarked)

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pineapple bread summary: bookmarked recipe for pineapple cluster based on a recipe on the King Arthur Flour (KAF) site; if I choose the “gram” version of the recipe, I expect to see gram measurements, not volumes! (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

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Lien's Hawaiian Buns

  screenshot of Lien’s (Notitie van Lien) FB post

Not long ago, fellow BBBabe, Lien (Notitie van Lien) posted this beautiful photo of the Hawaiian Buns she made using a recipe on the King Arthur Flour website.

Of course, I immediately bookmarked it. And then the next time we were at the supermarket, I wheedled with T to convince him that we neeeeeeeded to buy tinned pineapple slices. And I promised him that I would use the juice to make pineapple rolls.

As it happened, I was going to a potluck reception and had promised to bring bread. What could be better than pineapple rolls made into a pull-apart loaf? (continue reading )

Where ARE our wool socks and Birkenstocks? (BBB June 2016)

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BBB June 2016 summary: recipe for BBB Bran Bread with Walnuts (and Raisins), based on the recipe for Pane con crusca e noci (bran bread with walnuts) by the Sorelle Simili (Simili Sisters); problems with 100% whole grain dough; water content and doorstops; run for the hills if it looks like the croc; adding more flour vs adding more water; going healthy; dealing with disappointments; about-faces; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bran Bread Toast and Jelly Bread Baking Babes (BBB) June 2016: Bran Bread

Healthy Bread… oh no!!

Lien's Bran Bread

  Lien’s (Notitie van Lien) Pane Con Crusca

T has a horror of 100% whole-grain bread, always fearing that it’s going to be like a doorstop. (I confess that even though I love 100% whole grain bread, I too fear the possible doorstop aspect.) I was going to have some difficulty selling this bread but after seeing the spectacular results that Lien got, I can show him that it looks almost like the kind of sandwich bread he likes (now only the dark colour will give him pause…). The addition of raisins and walnuts will really help.

Since seeing Lien’s wonderful successes with this bread, I had such high hopes…. I was really surprised by the final results. (continue reading )