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Old 12-04-2009, 11:16 AM   #46
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Looks tasty, all of it!



The Girl and I started baking our own Challah bread every Friday around the same time Charla started the PUAC thread.

It took us a few weeks of trial and error, but then she took over and we now have perfect Challah every week!



I'll post pictures after next Friday, and if anyone is interested I'll post the recipe from home any time.
Saturday morning french toast
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:31 AM   #47
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Made two loaves this morning, no-knead style.



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Old 12-06-2009, 08:43 AM   #48
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:43 AM   #49
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Saturday morning french toast
Saturday evening cholesterol induced coronary!

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:38 PM   #50
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I read this thread earlier today. Got motivated
Just took these out of the oven. The house, of course, is smellgasmic.



Homemade blueberry preserves, too!


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Old 12-07-2009, 11:14 AM   #51
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:35 AM   #52
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No need to knead.

no need for a machine

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Old 12-07-2009, 11:40 AM   #53
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Stu, that book looks interesting, are all the recipes of the no-knead type?

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I checked with the cook this morning.
All the recipes in there are indeed "no knead".

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Old 12-07-2009, 03:37 PM   #54
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:47 PM   #55
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What's the best way to store yeast? I had these little packets but only used half, stuck the rest in the fridge. Well the first loaf turned out well, but the second (using the two-day old yeast) came out like a brick.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:23 PM   #56
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[QUOTE=SatanInside]No need to knead.

no need for a machine

This is not precisely new. Peter Reinhart ("The Bread Baker's Apprentice, 2001) uses the same loose doughs for some of his rustic breads and so did my 101 year old Neapolitan grandmother in her daily baking, which was daily until her nineties. Over kneading activates the gluten structure which constrains the gases, no rising and tough, dense bread.
I like the dutch oven technique since it traps steam and keeps the dough top elastic for the extra poof of rise before the crust sets. Easy gains there.
Reinhart posits further that the time that the yeast gets to digests the flour results in a fuller flavored bread. I don't know that I have the palette to get that.
Beautiful loaves in this thread!

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:51 AM   #57
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What's the best way to store yeast? I had these little packets but only used half, stuck the rest in the fridge. Well the first loaf turned out well, but the second (using the two-day old yeast) came out like a brick.
Our experience is buy the small sachets, if you don't use it all in one go bin it.

Seems to go off very quickly once opened.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:41 PM   #58
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What's the best way to store yeast? I had these little packets but only used half, stuck the rest in the fridge. Well the first loaf turned out well, but the second (using the two-day old yeast) came out like a brick.
I buy the containers of "Bread Machine" yeast, and then refrigerate after opening (per the manufacturer's instructions). You can use this yeast for any type of bread that requires yeast.

All yeast will have an expiration date on the package. If you are not sure that the yeast is still active, take a little bit out of the package or container, add it to some warm water (not too hot! and not too cold!) and a pinch of sugar. If the yeast is still active, it will bubble and foam after a few minutes, showing that it is fermenting as expected.

When making bread, make sure that the water or liquids that you use are not too hot, because you can kill the yeast. If the water temperature is comfortably warm to you, then it will be fine for the yeast.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:16 AM   #59
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I will try again to make a loaf. I wasn't so exacting in my measurements last time. tsp versus tbsp
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:34 AM   #60
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you people are killing me... i'm working very hard to keep the 20 pounds off that i lost when we switched to the Eat for Live diet. now, with all this talk of bread, i want to pull out the lodge pot and heat up the house.
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