Archive for July, 2007

Apricot KimmyKakes

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I had some overripe apricots crying in the fridge from neglect. I don’t like to eat them when they get overripe, and this recipe popped into my head. I made this two years ago, but with eggs. Today it has been veganized and I think the world is better because of it’s goodness. Try it […]

100% Scratch!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

I’d like to take a moment to interrupt the regularly scheduled bread events to share today’s lunch, prepared 100% de scratcho. I made the lovely seeded marble rye in school. The tempeh is from my previous makings (it kept very well in the freezer). The flavor is so delicate I didn’t want to alter it […]

Day 8: Chocolate Sour Cherry Bread, Roasted garlic Jack, Parmesan Bread

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Our last day! After seven days of constant, all-day bread baking marathon, my freezer is stocked for the rest of the summer and I feel like I have gotten my clogs wet with techniques. I’m so happy we were able to negotiate an independent study. I’ve always wanted to learn more about bread and doing […]

Day 7: White Trash Day

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Good ole’ swirly bread. Apparently my desire to learn the breads of my childhood does NOT impress my classically trained chef-instructor who has a passion for the natural fermentation process. I am excited about cultivating yeast and making artisan bread, but a well-rounded bread intensive would not be complete without some marble rye and cinnamon […]

Day 6: Sticky Buns, Bagels, Cracked corn bread

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Quite the variety! Today we learned the ins and outs of sticky buns. Basically they are pretty easy but sticky and full of sugar. Lots of sugar. We used a yeasted dough which definitely put it ahead of Cinnabon refined processed crap. We made a schmear, which is basically melted butter, brown sugar and honey. […]

Day 5: Aloo Paratha, Provincial Pizza, French Baguette

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The spread. Since it was a Monday and there was no “day before” to do pre-ferments, today’s breads were active dry yeast days. Not so much artisan but tasty nonetheless. We had flatbreads on our bread wishlist (along with 39 other breads), so our Chef took liberties with our desire to do Naan and made […]

Brioche exposed

Friday, July 13th, 2007

This is brioche. The photo is someone else’s because I didn’t get a photo of the finished product. People love brioche and rave about it up and down. I don’t know how I had gone through life not having an opinion on it. Brioche is basically 95% butter. We tried to form it one afternoon […]

Day 4: Bread

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Today was the last day of the week. We perfected our brioche technique and made chasson with the remaining puff pastry dough. Chasson is basically a sweet turnover. We used round fluted cutters and then rolled them into oblong shapes, filled it with apricots and blueberries, egg-washed the edges of one side and folded over […]

Bread Intensive, Day 3

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Golden Raisin-walnut bread, whole wheat croissant, 5 grain levain, brioche loaf, puff with goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes. Today was amazingly productive. I think I now have some insight into the world of a baker. And I enjoy it, so it must be a good sign. Lots of multi-tasking. Yesterday, we made our pre-ferments for […]

Bread Intensive, Day 2

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

This week I have started a special bread intensive class at school. I know, I know, I graduated Culinary School last month. But there is still more to learn! I am not interested in taking the desserts and breads program (please, baking with endless eggs and butter? not my style) but I get so excited […]