Friday, October 16, 2020

World Bread Day 2020: Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Baking yeast bread is something I really enjoy doing, and even more so this year. Where I live, there is plenty of flour and yeast now, so I can continue this relaxing and tasty hobby of mine. I bake all of our bread; whether it's sandwich bread, hamburger buns, or cinnamon rolls. No more store-bought bread or buns for us anymore!

Zorra from the blog Kochtopf organizes World Bread Day every year. I love baking with pumpkin so for this year's entry I baked two loaves of Pumpkin Yeast Bread, heavily adapted from the King Arthur Baking Company.

World Bread Day, October 16, 2020

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This bread is easy to make, and is really soft and fluffy. What I also loved is that this recipe makes two loaves at the same time. I like to store my bread in the freezer. First I slice the whole loaf and then I put the sliced bread in a Ziploc bag, and into the freezer it goes. When you need bread, you only take out what you need, and either let it thaw it out on the counter, or put it in the toaster.

With this bread, you have the option to add warm spices like ginger and cardamom. I decided to leave those out and instead, add walnuts to one loaf for my husband, and add a cinnamon swirl to one half of my loaf. This worked out great!

Pumpkin Yeast Bread: plain, cinnamon swirl, and studded with walnuts

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Moroccan yeasted pancakes (aka Baghrir)

Many years ago I posted a recipe for Moroccan yeasted pancakes called "Baghrir". Some people compare them to crumpets. There is similarity but crumpets are cooked on both sides whereas Baghrir is only cooked on one side. They have a LOT of holes on top which is why in French they're called "crepes aux mille trous" (pancakes with a thousand holes). These holes are perfect for soaking up a syrup of warm honey and melted butter or good olive oil. For some extra flavor, I like to add a teaspoon of orange blossom water. Yum! So why another post of Baghrir? I obtained a foolproof recipe from a close friend (Nazha) that's even easier and quicker to make, with equally great results. This recipe is also vegan whereas my old recipe was not because it uses milk. And if nine Baghrirs aren't enough, you can easily double the recipe.

A beautiful plate of Moroccan Baghrir. Bon Appetit!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Dark Chocolate Ganache Pretzel Tart

This recipe is so easy and delicious, and it's done in no time! You combine the ingredients for the crust, then you bake the crust, cool the crust while you're making the ganache filling, pour the ganache into the cooled crust, and then into the fridge it goes.

A slice of chocolate heaven!

Dark Chocolate Ganache Pretzel Tart

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

ABC - July 2019: Mixed Berry Ginger Crumb Cake

This month's recipe for the ABC bakers is the Mixed Berry Ginger Crumb Cake from The Brown Eyed Baker's blog. I almost didn't bake this because it was like a million degrees in my kitchen (aka 90s F). Then I came up with the following plan:

  • Be done as quickly as possible, so I
    • Skipped the fruit marinade which didn't make sense to me anyway.
    • Skipped the crumb topping because in my experience, the crumb topping is only crunchy and delicious on the day you bake it, and I was going to take it to work the next day.
  • Substitute coarse cornmeal with almond flour because I only had fine cornmeal.
  • Use a different fruit combo so I can save myself a trip to the grocery store.
  • Substitute a mixture of sour cream and plain yogurt for the milk, and adjust the leavening accordingly.
  • Ground ginger and candied ginger are yummy, but I wanted to give it more so I added some ground cardamom to the cake as well.
  • Finally, bake the cake in the toaster oven, which is big enough to hold a 9" x 9" cake pan.
The cake was fragrant, tender and very flavorful. Bon Appetit! :)

If you'd like to join the ABC bakers in their monthly baking adventures, please go to the ABC blog or visit us on Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

World Bread Day 2018: Multi-Grain Multi-Seed Sandwich Bread

Homemade sandwich bread, full of grains and seeds!

Baking yeast breads is something I really enjoy doing. It took me a while and a lot of practice to get there though. My first breads were like doorknobs :) Since then, things have gotten a lot better, and I bake all of our bread; whether it's sandwich bread, hamburger buns, or cinnamon rolls. No more store-bought bread or rolls for us anymore!

Zorra from the blog Kochtopf organizes World Bread Day ever year. I just had to submit this simple, yet delicious and nutritious bread to her annual event :)

World Bread Day, October 16, 2018
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This sandwich bread is really easy to make. The baked bread is light and airy. It's great as-is or toasted. I like to slice the bread after it has cooled completely and then freeze it. This way I can take out what I need. This dough can also be used to make dinner rolls or (hamburger) buns. I hope you give this recipe a try!

Light and fluffy bread!