Posts Tagged ‘yeast

23
Jan
18

thick crust pizza with cheese, greens and herbs

Just a quick pizza with some greens and herbs from the hydroponic garden added at the last few minutes of baking

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11
Jan
18

Muffins, the English Style

Dough , dough , dough, bread and rolls ! What else to do ? How bout a muffin? The prestigious english muffin, used to  store-bought variety? Here’s a winner from the famous duo, (Paul and Mary, if you are a fan of the British Baking Show, from the master class series, where they reveal the elements and techniques behind the challenges) a simple basic technique that doesn’t require oven baking!

Ready, set, …… BAKE!

Goes together quickly if you have the elements in place, prepare to hand knead the dough for about 10 minutes.

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place the flour in a large bowl

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place the yeast on one side , the salt on the other (mistakenly the sugar in the photo, but I am not in competition)

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Add the rest of the ingredients….

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I elected to mix everything in the bowl versus the countertop, prepare to have on hand tied up in the muck, some flour close by and start the kneading for about 10 minutes, this is one of the types of dough that will pull together into a soft clump, don’t be tempted to add any more flour than absolutely necessary.

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Ready for the first rising to a double size, oil it up.

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Roll out the dough after the rise to about 2.5 cm thick, close to an inch and cut to biscuits 3 and 1/2 inch diameter, 9 centimeters if you are british. I got less than the 8 muffins I would go a bit thinner on the dough, some were combined and re-rolled a bit thinner. Lightly flour and dust the trays, here the polenta, or semolina is not an ingredient in the muffins but is a major component of the feel and texture of the finished product, don’t omit as the even the presentation of the muffins and mouthfeel will suffer. Second proof is about 30 minutes, the yeast very active and pillowly muffins are the result.

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A griddle or a cast iron pan well heated then put on low distributed heat, time the muffins, 5 to 6 minutes PER SIDE, know the attributes of your baking iron or pan as to shuffle the muffins on the iron to attain the browning and the necessary baking time needed.

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I didn’t skimp on the semolina/flour dusting even on the griddle. Even while baking on the iron, still raising a bit.

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Flip the babies, and bake another 5 to 6 minutes.

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Ummm…… the smell of the dough and the semolina baking !!!

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The muffins are higher in height than the store-bough variety so I turned the flame to almost nill and shuffled them several more minutes to insure they were baked internally.

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After baking let them cool a bit to utilize any internal heat to finish baking.

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The final test, hand split, (don’t get caught using a knife to separate the muffin !) broiled and buttered !

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I’ll let your eyes be the  judge !

Butter addition is excellent to taste the yeasty goodness of the muffin, but a fried soft  egg would be a crowning achievement  to the nooks and crannies. ! Jam anyone?

22
Oct
17

fruit pizza tart strips

by using your favorite recipe for yeast dough, don’t be limited to the traditional pizza topping

press out the dough on parchment and use granulated sugar sprinkled on the paper to give the bottom crust color and crunch when baking.

add your favorite fruit topping, this recipe is very sweet, I’ll post it in a future posting.

It’s a combination of apples, raisins and cranberries

Bake in a moderate hot oven about 380 degrees

Carefully remove from the parchment, let cool and slice. Easy cleanup when using syrupy type ingredients

When cool, the topping congeals, nice snacks for the day or wrap in parchment and give away to friends and family.

Coffee pairing ?

08
Oct
17

dough head again

Once the repetition of making bead dough becomes commonplace, it’s hard to not use the dough for other forms other than bread. So many types of snacks on the market, flatbread types of bread and bread sticks formed from freshly mixed dough, are my go to snack if time permits, for card nights or other gatherings.

This mix used a small amount of whole wheat added to the white flour, and salt. I contemplated adding various seeds to the mix but I had prepared dips to accompany the bread sticks. (the dips did not make it to the card game location).

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Two batches of white/whole wheat rising with white/cornmeal mix for chips resting.

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The morning sun streams through the kitchen window as the bread sticks are rolled

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corn chips, easily made in a tortilla press, and baked in a 400 degree oven

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Flaky bread sticks dipped in butter and then rolled in toasted hemp seeds for a taste test

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At the game ! The chips made an excellent scoop for the torpedo meat, made by Diane, and the bow tie salad, a home brew stout to celebrate the fall season, don’t forget the candy corn for the table!

 

 

13
Jul
17

Italian white bread

 

Baking bread: I looked at this recipe,   https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/italian-white-bread/ the way it was mixed adding the yeast/starter after the bulk of the dough was formed. Of course I had to try it. It may not be spot on with the flours recommended, but I like the results, none the less.

 

(comment: about 2 cups water is what I used for the main flour to water mix and a small amount to proof the yeast about .2 of a pint)

The flours I had available for use (without looking up what durum wheat flour is) were all purpose flour and soft Italian flour, the Tipo 000.

Also used the food processor for mixing versus the stand mixer.

Blending the flours…

The completed dough, nice consistency no additional flour or water needed going by the recipe weight measurements.

After a rise for about 1.5 hours, the last 20 minutes or so in the oven (warmed by just a pilot light).

The dough was formed into loaves, I thought it looked a bit too soft at this stage for the final rise while the oven heated up to about 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

The dough ballooned up more than I expected !

After turning down the heat as recommended, 30 minutes seemed too long for the finish, baked the bread by eye and temperature probe to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature of the loaf. the bevel cut could be deeper the next time.

Airy crumb, not as light as store bought Italian bread but a bit more chew to it.

Overall, I like this recipe and the method.

29
Apr
17

Overnight bread

Yep ! Another bread recipe , this one promises to be as easy as it can get , minimal work just a required mixing for a very sticky dough. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, set it in the fridge overnight, remove, let it sit a hour or two and plop it on a tray.


The bubbling mixture removed from the fridge after it’s overnight stay.


Prepare a well floured sheet pan with parchment. (The dough has been standing at room temperature about 2hours at this point.)

After removing the  wet shaggy dough to the sheet pan, carefully gather it and flip it over , yes this is going to be a rustic style shape. The floured topped dough now goes into a cold oven and baked about 220 centigrade.


The loaf rose somewhat and finished with a classic crunchy crust. Right from the oven I was not impressed with the flavor, but later on it seemed to develop into a better tasting bread. Next day after cutting well through the center into the loaf, the very bottom was a bit under baked and compressed.  I would try this recipe with some soft Italian flour. 

I guess it’s a pretty good bread considering the amount of work that you put into it. No mixer required other than the baker ! It will get a repeat try since I’m always looking for different recipe varyations of our daily bread. Somewhat similar to other  quick and easy dough recipes.  Culled from the Recipe Reminising web site titled Lazy Lady Loaf. Just flour, yeast water and salt. 

BTW.. Try to minimize the amount of flour on the sheet pan before baking… Some smokey bakery like odor will result.

Lazy Lady Loaf (Actually from the Devondale web site.)

03
Apr
17

Dark garlic…

What happens when you add a small amount of dark roasted barley (malt), with white all purpose flour with the bonus of minced garlic. 

Let’s see what happened…..

Since I didn’t get out the grain mill for such a small amount, the barley was processed with the food processor.

Sift out the large chunks ….
Add the sifted grains to a starter (poolish).. Yes we’re also going to make some plain white bread along side.

Also add some sourdough starter to the mix for interest.

Bubbling away….

The dough…

The baked loaf, next to the plain white.


A similar taste to pumpernickel bread with an garlic flavor. Different to say the least!




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