Buns – Hot, Cross (BBB September 2018)

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BBB September 2018 summary: recipe for Filipino Spanish Bread Rolls; making substitutions; hazards of being an expert; Sourdough September; planning ahead; late again; information about Bread Baking Babes; why is it still so hot and humid?

Bread Baking Babes (BBB): Filipino Spanish Bread Rolls

There is nothing wrong with fresh or dried yeast (though please check dried yeast labels for artificial additives) but research has shown that sourdough has the following advantages: […] [Y]easts ferment more slowly, allowing time for beneficial bacteria (lactobacilli, AKA lactic acid bacteria or LAB) to develop. – sustainweb.org | Is sourdough better than ‘normal’ yeast?

BBB Spanish Bread Rolls

Here I am at last. Just one day late for September’s BBB baking party….

This month, Aparna (My Diverse Kitchen) chose Filipino Spanish Bread Rolls. Her rolls looked gorgeous. And I suspect that if I had actually followed the recipe, my rolls might have looked pretty darn gorgeous too.

Not that the rolls I made don’t look good. But they were not at all the soft fluffy bread that a Filipina would like to have with afternoon coffee….

Spanish Bread is a popular ‘merienda’ or afternoon snack in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with the Spanish bread of Spain (Pan de Horno) except maybe that they share the same form (rolled) but the Filipino version of Spanish bread has a sweet buttery filling in it!
 
– Bebs, Foxy Folksy | Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe
The Spanish Bread has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but no one can seem to fully explain how it managed to get its name. […] Whether or not this bread has an identity crisis, it doesn’t change to fact that this bread is practically part of the Filipino culture already. […] The best kind is light and fluffy, with just the right amount of butter and sugar inside. Sprinkling more sugar on the rolls adds a light sweetness, if you’re up for some finger-licking after. […] [T]he traditional filling for these breads are melted butter and sugar […] The best way to eat these is warm. With or without coffee.
 
– Clarisse Panuelos, The Tummy Train | Sometimes I wonder about Spanish Bread

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A box grater isn’t just for cheese….

Tartine Bread summary: burnt bread doesn’t have to be a fail; so you think your grater is just for cheese…; not to mention that your file and rasp aren’t just for carpentry; how to rescue bread burned on the bottom;

When we first started baking bread in our combo cooker and began to REALLY go for that dark as mahogany, “bien cuit” look, this kind of problem with a burnt bottom was happening relatively frequently. Sure, the bread looked fabulous on top.

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But it was black as the ace of spades on the bottom.

oh dear

Who knew a box grater would come in so handily? And a file and rasp from the tool box….

rescuing burnt bread

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