August 21, 2022 at 9:58 am #36068
There are a few days in the low 90's in the latest two week forecast, but it looks like the 100's are over. I see lows in the mid 60's or lower nearly every night. It's nice having the doors and windows open for a few hours in the morning and evening, at least until a neighbor fires up his outdoor wood fireplace and fills the air with wood smoke.
So I might not do a lot of baking until next week.August 21, 2022 at 2:06 pm #36079Joan SimpsonParticipant
I made a small pan of corn bread.August 21, 2022 at 3:27 pm #36083cwcdesignParticipant
I made a peach coffee cake from Southern Living. A friend had given me 3 very ripe (read almost overripe) peaches that I needed to use. It looks good, but we haven't cut into it yet.
The recipe called for heavy cream but I only had half & half so I hope it's OK.August 23, 2022 at 5:36 pm #36109chocomouseParticipant
Today I made raspberry muffins, using raspberries we picked yesterday and froze individually on a cookie sheet. That worked well at keeping them mostly whole, instead of falling apart and being mushed.August 23, 2022 at 6:28 pm #36111cwcdesignParticipant
The peach coffee cake is delicious! Itâs definitely a keeper - the cake was tender and the streusel nice and crispy. I can see making it it with other fruits - blueberries, apples etc.August 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm #36112
On Tuesday, I baked whole grain squash quick bread using a yellow squash instead of a zucchini. I adapted the recipe from Ken Haedrich. I made five mini-loaves and froze three.August 24, 2022 at 7:57 pm #36121
I baked three loaves of my Whole Wheat Oat Bran bread on Wednesday. Two go into the freezer, and the third is for immediate use tomorrow.August 25, 2022 at 9:21 pm #36139
I need to make another batch of cinnamon rolls, if I don't get it done tomorrow it will probably wait until Sunday or Monday, because Saturday is the start of the college football season, beginning with the Nebraska - Northwestern game in Dublin. (I have degrees from both schools.)August 26, 2022 at 2:26 pm #36150
The cinnamon rolls are rising and will go in the oven in another hour or so.
The cheese slicer method was not very successful, the wire doesn't quite cut all the way to the mat, so I wound up using a bench scraper like I usually do.August 26, 2022 at 2:35 pm #36151
For the avid pizza bakers:
I never use bread flour in my pizza crust. I use some AP and the rest is semolina, durum, and rye.August 26, 2022 at 4:35 pm #36156
Everybody's got advice on how to make the best pizza crust, and much of the advice is in direct conflict with advice from other sources.
My former neighbor, the Sysco executive, said high gluten flour is only good for bagels and pizza.
What flour to use probably depends on what type of pizza you like to make.
I've been moving towards lower gluten flour in my pizza dough for some time. We liked the pizza I did on the grill last weekend, which was a blend of KAF AP flour and BRM pastry flour, I'll be doing it again over the weekend.August 26, 2022 at 6:56 pm #36159
On Friday, I baked Zucchini Cinnamon Chip Bars, which I adapted from King Arthur's Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars. I use the white whole wheat option, and I add 2 Tbs. each of milk powder and flax meal. I cut the salt by a third and the brown sugar by a third. The recipe is designed to be made completely in the food processor, beginning with processing the zucchini, egg, and oil until smooth, then adding the flour mixture, then 60 g cinnamon chips and oats. I do not like the food processor clean-up, so I instead mixed the brown sugar and oil in a bowl, then added the egg. I cut the zucchini into small pieces and processed it in my smaller processor (size is about right for a cup of oats) in two batches. That did not liquify it, but it broke it down into a coarse mixture. I added it to the liquid ingredients, then stirred in the wet ones. I did not add nuts. I bake in a 13x9-inch glass dish for 27 minutes. The soft, cakey bars are excellent.
I also made dough for my whole wheat sourdough cheese crackers. It will rest in the refrigerator until next week.August 26, 2022 at 7:39 pm #36161
I have two version of the tangzhong cinnamon roll recipe that I tend to flip-flop between. The one I used today has egg in the dough, the King Arthur one does not. I think I like the one with egg better.
I wound up with 28 rolls in a 3/4 sheet pan, so they could spread out a bit, I think I like that style better than putting the same amount of dough in a half sheet pan and having them touch each other. This makes them a bit more like Chelsea buns.August 27, 2022 at 9:36 am #36166aaronatthedoublefParticipant
BA, for my pizza I started with all bread and then went to bread and whole wheat. Then pastry and whole wheat. Then I added flax meal and sometimes some chickpea flour. Now I am at whole wheat (I like white if it's not too expensive), pastry, flax, and some bread. I may try semolina in the next batch.
Violet and I made "tea" sandwich cookies. They were a little big for typical tea cookies. Each cookie was an ounce. Next time I'll make them a half ounce.
I made biscuits, Added the right amount of salt this time. I still had butter leaking despite a long chill in the fridge and the oven at 425 on convection (the recipe says 350). I may ping the baker before I bake the rest.
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