12/26/2015

Mini Gingerbread Houses

Merry Christmas to all my friends
I made these lovely mini gingerbread house for my grandchildren......
I selected from Rose's Heavenly Cakes , the English Gingerbread cake. The cake is supposed to be baked in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round cake pan, but when I saw this adorable Village Cake Pan by NordicWare, I knew immediately that I wanted to make two X 6 mini houses. They're so Adorable!!!
One recipe filled the pan twice, using 1/3 cup of batter for each house (recipe makes 12 houses) - baked in the lower third of a 325F oven for 15 minutes. Cooled in pan for 10 minutes, then turned out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. I sprayed with cooking oil , (flour/oil baking spray). The little houses popped right out of the pan without any trouble at 

Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016......

12/24/2015

Baguettes with Olives

The Tartaine Bread Experience
These Baguettes are made with very light levain and a final dough with the  olives mixed in with the final dough. They are absolutely delicious indeed and great when family and friends come bye for the Christmas season and the new year.

crust: is super tender and moist. very open. fragrant with herbs and olives. the lemon was imperceptible. I might zest two next time. difficulty in handling the dough: very easy. difficulty with proofing/fermenting: lately it's been hot, so I've found that doing a partial refrigerator ferment and/or proof has helped slow fermentation so that the loaves develop good flavor.

                       Absolutely Delicious!
                       Look at those clumbs!
 Cooling of on a oven rack for 1 hour. ...
 Toke the dough out and cut abdominal shaped 4 baguettes and let raise for 1 hour/ then baked in oven until golden brown....
 Put in the microwave with a hot cup of water and let raise until doubled. ...after placed in the fridge for 2 hours. .....
 Added the olives and did 4 stretch and folds..
 Mixed up all together and let rest for 30 minutes...
 Added the levain and the final dough and water..
 Weighed 200 grams of levain....
 In the microwave with a hot cup of water and let raise for 4 hours with the door closed...
 Mixed up the light levain.....

12/20/2015

Figs with Fennel seeds Poolish Bread

I have childhood memories of my dad trying desperately to grow fig trees in our backyard here in the dry and hostile desert. Every couple of years he would plant a new tree, watch as it would grow a few seasons, shed some fruit, and then inevitably a cold winter would come along and take all that hard work like it never existed. Nowadays each winter he covers his fig trees with burlap and Christmas lights that are ever-on (yes, it’s true) to keep them warm. A true Italian Christmas tree, if you will. They seem to live a bit longer but they definitely do not thrive like they do in a temperate climate.

My mother and grandmother use to make Home made Poolish starter bread with Figs and Fennel and now I'm making these bread...
                              Absolutely Delicious!
Out of the oven and cooling....
After 25 minutes covered with a metal bowl in the oven/Look at the spring on that loaf....
Full rise and ready to bake the loaves in th oven...
Let rise for 1 1 / 2 hours /now is doubled. .
Put in to two baskets and covered with light cloths.
 Cut into two parts and shaped them both into boules. .
Did 3 stretch & folds In 2 hours , let rise for 1 hour and it has doubled in size. ...
Mixed in the Figs and crushed Fennel /let rest for 30 minutes....
Cut the Figs and crushed Fennel together and ready to mix it in the dough. ...
Mixed up the final dough with the poolish starter and let rest for 30 minutes.
 The poolish starter is doubled in size. ...
 Ready for rising in the microwave with a hot cup of water and let raise with the door closed.
Mixing the poolish starter. ..
Absolutely amazing delicious! 

12/13/2015

Almonds and Cranberry Biscotti

Christmas is approaching and what a nice way to have Almond and Cranberry Biscottis,  time when family or friends come over...
These are made first with beaten the eggs and sugar until fluffy, then the vanilla and the four miture and cranberries,  roasted almonds...and baked twice. ..
                     Absolutely Delicious!
Out of the oven and cooling....
 Placed them bake on the cookie sheets and baked for another 15 minutes....
 Baked them for 25 minutes and toke them out to cool completely and the cut into 1/2 inch each...
 Brushed on egg wash on top. ...
 Placed two on one tray and the other two on another tray.......
 Cut the dough cookie in 4 parts and rolled inch one to 15 inch long........
 Added the almonds. ......
 Adding the flour and cranberries. ....
 Mixing it until fluffy and then and the oil the vanilla and mixed together. ..
 Added the  sugar and eggs together...
 Have the ingredients ready...
 Beautiful! I got 80 biscottis. .......

12/06/2015

Cranberry Pecan Boule

As you can see christmas is approaching , what a great idea to make cranberry and pecans boule with this lovely breads , I decided to make double the amount and added some whole wheat to this lovely breads, the poolish starter that goes with the final dough which is mixed together , absolutely delicious, great around Christmas time , you can spread or cut some delicious old strong cheese and also makes great toast..

                       Absolutely Delicious!
Out of the oven and cooling off. ....
Ready to bake at 450F, and bake for 30 minutes..
Absolutely beautiful after 1 hour they have doubled.
Cut the dough in half and did the blanket thing and shaped them both and placed in baskets and to raise for 1 to 1 / 2 hours. ..
Ready to cut in half and shape...
Now I did 3 stretch and folds In 1 ½ hours.(Ken Forkish method ) .
After 30 minutes added the cranberries chopped and the roasted chopped pecan and again did the pinch method and fold and let rest for 30 minutes.
Resting for 30 minutes. ..
Have the final dough ready and mixed the poolish with the lukewarm water and added to the final dough and mixed by hads (pinch method..
After 4 hours the poolish is ready....
After mixing it up , but the container with the lid close and added 1 cup of hot water in the microwave, microwave off,  door closed...
Mixing the poolish starter.....
Absolutely amazing delicious!
Would I made this bread again yes!