Oatmeal Breakfast Bread

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I had some applesauce lying around that I wanted to use, so I was happy to find this recipe. It also gave me a chance to use whole-wheat flour.

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I used a pretty old, spotty loaf pan – big mistake. When I took it out, there were tiny bits of metal flakes stuck to the sides of the bread. I cut off the sides (pictured below), which is too bad because I love crusts. Needless to say, I threw the pan in the trash.

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August 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Bread, Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Bread Machine Challah

Challah is delicious, but it’s braided so it’s more of a pull-apart bread than a slicing/sandwich bread, which is what I wanted for lunch-making purposes 🙂

So, I looked around the internet and found a sandwich-style Challah recipe that can be made in the bread machine (always a plus!)

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The texture is very light and airy and the bread is slightly sweet.

I was a little unsure of what setting I should use on my bread machine…I was trying to decide between Basic and Sweet. I ended up following the recipe, which says to use the Basic setting (it took 2 hours 40 minutes in total) and it turned out great.

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Ooo, bubbles... And a bread-cave!

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August 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

No-Knead Bread

Recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Ah9ES2yTU

Yep, here it is: my first time baking bread without the bread machine! (I still love you, little bread maker.)

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This baby is tough to slice! I butchered it a little when I cut it with a normal bread knife. I had to call in for some assistance – my dad ended up using the electric knife.

Oh, on another note, I used a 2.5 quart pot, even though the recipe calls for a 6-8 quart pot. I did some reading on the internet and found that the large pot produces a flatter bread. Lots of people use a smaller pot because they prefer a rounder, higher bread.

July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Bread. Leave a comment.

Irish Soda Bread

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amazingly-Easy-Irish-Soda-Bread/Detail.aspx

It’s called bread, but it tastes like a huge scone or biscuit. Great crust and really dense on the inside. The first time I made it and sliced it, my slices were way too thick for the density of the bread.

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I make this bread at least once a month. It’s best on the first day you bake it; you can still eat it for a day or two afterward, but after that it gets hard and stale. Then again, if you pop it in the toaster, it might be just fine.

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Someday I want to make little mini-breads (well, scones, I guess) out of this recipe. I’m just not so sure how the baking time would change.

July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Bread. Leave a comment.

Attempts at making Challah

I’ve made Challah twice, using my bread machine to make the dough. The first time, it didn’t go so well. Sure, it looks like everything turned out alright…
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…But,  the inside of the bread was doughy and raw. Also, the sesame seeds tasted weird, kind of spicy (is that how they’re supposed to be?),  so I ended up scraping them off.

It was a few months until I tried making it again, this time with greater success. I baked it at a lower temperature for a longer time and got something that was actually cooked on the inside. (I had to break into it just to make sure.)

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July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Bread. Leave a comment.