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Thanks, Mike and Len. I will be baking the sweet rolls at my husband's family reunion again this year. I want to protect my pans from anyone who might use a metal utensil to pry out the sweet roll. Leaving them in the pan works better for away from home where I do not have my storage containers and toting them along would be cumbersome. Parchment lining the bottom of the pans might be my best option in this situation.September 29, 2023 at 6:37 pm in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40509
Joan--I had to use the 2% once. It did ok, but I prefer the slightly denser texture of the full-fat evaporated milk for my pumpkin pie recipe.
I needed to bake bread again on Friday, and my husband requested a repeat of my adaptation of the Chewy Rye Semolina Bread. I used 2 Tbs. of First Clear Flour in place of the wholegrain improver last time. This time, I substituted potato flour by weight. I want to see if it affects the texture.September 29, 2023 at 6:32 pm in reply to: What are you Cooking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40507
For dinner on Friday, I made Salmon and Couscous with Greek Seasoning. We had it with the rest of the green bean salad. While the flavors did not clash, I should have used dill in the couscous, so that there would not be such a noticeable difference in flavors between the couscous and the bean salad.
I'm glad you got the site back up, Mike. Last night, my link to it had gone from "can't find" to "forbidden." I had to start typing the site name to get back here this morning.September 29, 2023 at 6:43 am in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40487
On Wednesday, I baked my Lime Pecan Biscotti. My lime tree has produced a nice little crop this year, so it is time to start using them. I was surprised that the rind on these limes is rather thick.September 29, 2023 at 6:38 am in reply to: What are you Cooking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40486
For dinner on Wednesday, my husband pan-cooked some pork. I roasted some purple potatoes that I got from the farmers market several weeks ago. We had some leftover green bean salad as well.
On Thursday, I made stir-fry with leftover pork, deglazing liquid, soba noodles, and carrots, celery, red bell pepper (from our garden), green onion, mushrooms, a little bit of leftover zucchini, and broccoli.
Well, the bananas are ripe just hard. It has my plant physiologist husband perplexed.September 26, 2023 at 6:36 pm in reply to: What are you Cooking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40469
I had a lot of cooking projects on Tuesday. I made yogurt. I also cooked a pot of black-eyed peas. I used a cup of the black-eyed peas in the Green Bean, Cherry Tomato, and Greek Cheese Salad we like so much. Our cherry tomatoes are running out in the garden, and we are unlikely to have another large batch of beans, and since the recipe takes a pound, we wanted to have it one more time. I also used the leftover roasted chicken breast to make a chicken salad. We had it on sandwiches for dinner, along with the green bean salad.September 26, 2023 at 6:33 pm in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40468
Congratulations on finally being able to christen the new oven, Skeptic. That sounds like a perfect recipe for doing so!
I had hoped to bake biscotti on Tuesday, but I had too many other kitchen projects. I did make Maple Granola, as we were almost out of the last batch. It is a staple here, along with the cheese crackers and whatever bread I choose to bake.September 25, 2023 at 6:17 pm in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40462
I hope to work my way through at least two more of the recipes, buckwheat banana bread and spelt blueberry muffins in the next month or so. Of course, with apple and pumpkin season upon us, seasonal baking will have the greater priority.
On Monday, I made dough for my Whole Wheat Sourdough Cheese Crackers. We were eating them with the soup, so we went through them faster than usual.September 25, 2023 at 6:09 pm in reply to: What are you Cooking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40461
We had more of the leftover roasted chicken breast, the rest of the Greek pasta salad, microwaved fresh broccoli, and slices of Barley Pumpkin Bread for dessert.
I have also noticed that fruit flies find sourdough starters attractive. With bread dough, I think the yeast attracts them, so when the bread bakes, and the yeast is gone, so is their interest.September 24, 2023 at 6:09 pm in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40452
I have been eying Roxana Jullapat's book, Mother Grains, ever since its publication in 2021. I was reluctant to spend $40 on a book without knowing if it would work with my dietary parameters, but Barnes & Noble had a reduce price and a 20% savings for members last week, so I bought it for $25.
The book arrived on Friday, and on Sunday, I baked my first recipe, "Barley Pumpkin Bread." It made an 8 ½ x 4 ½ -inch loaf. I modified the recipe by reducing the sugar from 1 1/3 cups to 1 cup and the oil from ¾ cup to ½ cup and adding a tablespoon of Bob's Red Mill milk powder. I used half the salt, since the recipe called for kosher salt. I did not include the golden raisins or the optional candied fruit, since I like my pumpkin bread without add-ins. I also did not use the optional barley malt syrup topping.
I changed the mixing instructions, since for oil cakes, etc. I now like to combine the sugar with the oil first, using my hand mixer, add the rest of the wet ingredients, and then, by hand, stir in the dry ingredients. I also did not use the parchment sling to line the pan but relied on The Grease, which worked perfectly. The bread was to bake for 45 minutes at 325, but it did not test done until 57 minutes. I let it cool for 10 minutes rather than an hour before turning it out of the pan without a problem.
In comparing my bread to the cookbook picture, I note that the one in the picture is relatively flat on top, where my loaf has the usual quick bread rise. I attribute the difference to reducing the sugar. Cass always reminded me that structure suffers when the sugar outweighs the flour.
We let it cool and had a slice for dessert tonight, although it probably would have been best to wait until tomorrow. My husband and I find it has just the right amount of sweetness. I will be baking this recipe, with my changes, again.
While some of the recipes in Mother Grains are not within my dietary parameters, there are enough other interesting recipes that are, so I consider the purchase of the book worthwhile.September 24, 2023 at 6:04 pm in reply to: What are you Cooking the Week of September 24, 2023? #40451
We had more of last week's soup with some of the Whole Wheat Sourdough Cheese Crackers for Sunday dinner.September 24, 2023 at 11:57 am in reply to: What are you Baking the Week of September 17, 2023? #40446
I knew that the Chewy Semolina Rye Bread is good, and I like the changes I made, but the best change was using pumpernickel in place of the medium rye. Delicious!