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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Just a hint of chocolate, eh? (BBB January 2014)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Chocolate Prune Rolls; to knead or not to knead; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and BYOB; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) January 2014

Do you love rich dark chocolate? Then this bread is for you!

chocolate prune bread Last month we made bread that was called cake. This month we were to make cake that is called bread. When I first heard about the January BBB recipe, I was really excited. I couldn’t wait.

But then, after several days of Christmas and New Year’s excesses (ahem), I confess I suddenly wasn’t really thrilled about making something so sweet. But our fearless host for this month cast my worries aside with her enthusiasm about the recipe she chose for us to make.

[I]t is wonderful, a very nice bread with just a hint of chocolate

-Jamie, in email to the BBBs

So I got out my ingredients and plunged ahead to make a lovely slightly soft chestnut brown dough.

Hmmmm…. Just a hint of chocolate, Jamie? The bread I made was (I wonder if I miscalculated about the weight of the cocoa….) REALLY chocolatey.

It was good, but really chocolatey – in looks, aroma and flavour. (continue reading…)

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Warning: 1000 words …or so

Filed under: food & drink,whine — ejm @ 11:10 EDT

summary: homemade pizza; ISO decent mozzarella cheese; the super peel is super, but…; how do you clean a bread stone?

A picture may be worth a thousand words but sometimes it’s best to leave the camera in its case…

Last night we decided to have pizza. It would be comforting to sit inside the warm house, happily watching a movie, drinking wine and eating freshly made delicious pizza.

I made the dough in the late morning. It was a little on the slack side but we like it that way. And around 7pm, we happily sailed down to the kitchen to preheat the oven, with the two pieces of broken stone carefully pushed together inside, and assemble the pizza. Everything was going swimmingly. (continue reading…)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Two kinds of Cherry Snowballs: which one is your favourite?

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summary: cherry snowballs revisited once more; our cherry snowball recipe; Happy New Year! SAVEUR magazine’s take on Mum’s cherry snowballs; Luxardo Cherries are still maraschino cherries; I love happy endings, don’t you? (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

With the buildup that we were given of Luxardo cherries, we were expecting great things!

cherry snowballs I’ve mentioned in the past how much I love SAVEUR Magazine….

Last September, I noticed an announcement on the SAVEUR Facebook page that they were looking for Reader Submitted stories and recipes for their December issue. I submitted three stories, including the story about the cherry snowballs, laboriously shaving each story down to 200 words. This was no mean feat for me, what with my second name being “Verbosity”! :hohoho: :stomp: :hohoho:

And then I completely forgot about them. (continue reading…)

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Wordless Not-Wednesday: sandwich bread??



sandwich bread??


Thursday, 26 December 2013

Merry Boxing Day All!!

Filed under: food & drink,hunger — ejm @ 10:30 EDT

summary: Happy Christmas; feasting; what to do on Boxing Day

Rejoice Greatly! (© ejm)Rejoice Greatly! (© ejm) In spite of an ice storm, a limb from our giant silver maple cracking and laying itself down to rest on our roof, power outages across the city and province, plunging sub-zero temperatures, snowy icy roads, fear of power outage because of another even larger tree limb hanging precariously on the electrical wires that feed our whole street, we have had a blessed and happy Christmas. I hope you have too! (Remarkably, the second branch is a low priority branch, with still over 50,000 Toronto homes without power because of tree branches that have broken the lines. I don’t expect that the workers, who have been working 24 hours a day since early Sunday morning, will get to it until at least next week.) (continue reading…)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Again I say, let them eat cake!! (BBB December 2013)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Modern ‘Lardy’ Cake; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) December 2013

Wait a minute!! Are the BBBabes confused again and can’t remember the difference between cake and bread?

aloo paratha Last month we made bread that was unyeasted. This month we returned to using yeast to make a wondrous thing called “Lardy Cake”.

And yet it is neither cake, nor does it contain any lard.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. Whatever it’s called or however it’s misnamed, it’s delicious! And really easy to make too. What could be better? (continue reading…)

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