Some fun sunshine-y foods today! Extra streusely strawberry-rhubarb bars, Hawaiian fajitas because we love tacos, cupcake chips whatttt?, and a yummy lunch of Greek pasta salad. (photos/recipes found at respective links)
Today was a good pinterest day. A couple recipes to try soon: little bear cookies to kill you with cute, clustery granola, fancy bagels, and lick-your-fingers-for-days cinnamon buns. (photos/recipes found at respective links)
This week’s bread was oatmeal bread. The recipe made two loaves, and we decided to make both, and give one away. Unfortunately, while in the dough proof, one loaf stuck really badly to some plastic wrap, and the dough deflated some after I tried to gently remove it. So we graciously gave away the round, attractive loaf, and kept its less attractive, but still tasty, twin for ourselves.
I would also like to add that this bread was ginormous. Together, the breads took up an entire sheet tray.
This week we made sourdough English muffins! A little bit of change from the normal loaf we have been making. It was actually a little more arm work than the normal loaf though! It wanted 6 1/2 cups of flour and kneaded and rolled out! Great arm workout.
This week was date bread. Dates are one of those foods I always forget that I like, but then I start sampling them and I remember.
I went a tiny bit off recipe for this one. The recipe is for a two-pound loaf, and I wanted to try halfing it. I also wanted to sub in some whole wheat flour too. I suppose dates and pecans are kinda heavy, so if I wanted more rise, all normal flour would have been the way to go. But I don’t mind dense breads at all.The loaf turned out a little small in the bread pan, because it was only one pound, but it had a nice shape. It did turn out a little bit dense, but still soft. I was going to take a picture of our toast this morning for the after, but once they were toasted, I put some butter and cinnamon and sugar on it, and it was basically the best thing I’ve eaten in a week. Good thing I have another slice in the morning to look forward to.
This week’s loaf is the classic wheat. Delicious and nutritious. We’ve eaten it as toast mostly, but I have a panzanella recipe that I am hoping to try tonight!
I have also been reading this book, and I am right in the middle of the air section. Super nerding out on the history of grains and such. I’ve been keeping the starter in the fridge and feeding it every week, and it works perfectly fine, but I might try a little experiment. Just to see what it does, I’m gonna try keeping it a little warmer and feeding it more frequently. I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the results.
The next recipe in our sourdough cookbook was a peasant black bread, which it says is based on a Russian staple. The recipe said specifically not to leave out the coriander, but I am a rebel, and I did. Because I didn’t have any, and also because cilantro is yucky.
I decided to make two smaller loaves this time, instead of one large loaf. So I basically worried the entire time it was in the oven, since I wasn’t quite sure of the cooking time. But it sounded good and hollow around 40 minutes, and it turned out nice and crumby inside, so we will put this one in the success column.
Last week, we made a no knead sourdough bread, since it was late and I didn’t want to clean the counters again. We ate it right up with a boatload of lasagna. No knead bread is no joke.
Here are some good looking breads to consider baking soon. We got: apple sourdough bread, brioche donuts with honey glaze, challah pretzel bread, and cinnamon raisin soda bread. (pictures from respective links)
Yum! Get to it!
We had company over this weekend, so that was all the excuse I needed to make donuts. I woke up a little early on Saturday, and got to work on the dough. I love a good cake donut, but there is just something about fluffy yeast donuts.
Based on this recipe here, I added normal vanilla instead of the vanilla bean, and no one complained at all. The glaze was really sticky, and kinda a weird consistency when they were being dipped, but again, no one complained about the final product. I loved that they were yeast donuts, but baked instead. Not having the house smell like oil was a big plus, especially with having company over.