There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill.
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
by Isabel Allende

Starting in November of 2009 Michelle at the Big Black Dog formed a group to bake its way through Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg. I loved Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, so I signed up with the group. Michelle first had us do a couple of warm-up assignments, which were my first attempt at blogging. The first "Official" post was on January 15, 2010, and it was followed by 41 more, on the 1st and 15th of each month. When I signed on I said I would bake the whole book, and like Horton (the elephant) I meant what I said and I said what I meant. I finished baking the book on October 1, 2011. Having completed that challenge, now I am just going to do some stuff, and post about it. As part of that stuff Michelle is posing a new, and different, challenge for us each month.

I am still baking bread, mostly the Five Minutes a Day kind, and if you would like to try the Five Minutes a Day bread method there are some links, with recipes, in the right hand column to get you started. Please give it a try.

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This day be bread and peace my lot.
Alexander Pope

How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?

Julia Child

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
Yiddish proverb
(And some are only half baked.)

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw, via Sharon

Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt.
George Herbert

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Traditions

The challenge this month is Holiday traditions.

We have always opened our gifts on Christmas Morning.  We take our time, one person opening at a time, and no feeding frenzy--at least not until brunch.

We usually open some presents, then break for brunch, then finish opening.  For brunch we must have "The Breakfast Casserole Katie Likes."   That is the name of it--it is what it says on the recipe card!  Katie is our oldest daughter.  She is not only perfect, she has red hair.  She also knows how things ought to be done, and woe to any who deviate from her expectations.  (Trust us on this.)

In addition to "Katie's Casserole" we have also had a coffee cake.  For years my mother made the coffee cake, then my sister took over the task when my mother was no longer able to do it.  I made it a few times, then the torch passed to Katie.  We know it as Grandma's Coffee Cake.

The Grandma in question was father's mother, born Olive Pearl Bundy on November 4, 1891, in Washington County Indiana.
 Grandpa & Grandma
My father was the only son, and could do no wrong in their eyes, which was known to annoy his three sisters  on occasion.  (I thought my father was pretty great, too, except on the rare occasions I REALLY managed to piss him off.)

Grandma grew up on a farm, and cooked like it.  We lived in the same town, and often went to Grandma & Grandpa's for Sunday dinner.  It may be my mind burnishing memories, but  and I swear Grandma would usually have at least 2, maybe 3 proteins--chicken, beef and/or pork, and several different vegetables and sides and a couple of desserts.  And that was when it was just us.  When my aunts and uncles and cousins were in town she really pulled out all the stops.
 Aunt Polly & Aunt Mart

That was also when Grandpa would make his home-made ice cream.  I say that Grandpa would make the ice cream, but on reflection, it seemed that he usually delegated all the work and reserved for himself only the supervisory and quality-control duties.
Grandpa took his quality-control duties very seriously!

Back to the Coffee Cake, my mother got the recipe from her mother-in-law, my Grandma.  Which it's why why we call it Grandma's Coffee Cake, and have for over 50 years.  (My mother sometimes suspected that Grandma would leave a little something out whenever she gave her a recipe she, so it would not taste quite the same as hers.)

But I was talking to my cousin Rob this fall, and the topic of eating at Grandma's came up. (Rob  was one of the "out of town cousins for whom ALL the stops were pulled out.)  I mentioned the coffee cake.  His mother (Aunt Mart, above) also had a family coffee cake recipe, but to them it was known as Aunt Hazel's Coffee Cake.   Aunt Hazel was one of Grandma's younger sisters.  Rob sent me a copy of the recipe, and they are almost identical, except that Grandma's has sugar in the batter which Aunt Hazel's does not.  Twin recipes  separated at birth?  Anyway, however denominated, it is an old Bundy family recipe.

Since this is the one we have made, here is the recipe for

Grandma’s Coffee Cake 
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
For the Filling and Topping 
Mix together:
1 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
Set aside
For the Cake
1 stick margarine                              
1 cup sugar                                              
then add
2 eggs and
1 cup sour cream                               
In a separate bowl combine:                                                     
2 cups flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
Spread half of the batter in the pan, then sprinkle on half the filling/topping evenly over it.  Repeat. This is harder than it sounds because the second layer of batter sticks to the dry topping layer and does not want to spread out.  Drop spoonfuls all over the topping and spread it our the best you can.  
Bake at 350 until brown and toothpick comes out clean, 1 hour or more (sometimes it seems to take longer than others).

My sister died in 2007, and I think that was the last year we made the coffee cake.  We have been going for something a bit lighter in recent years.  But after writing about it I think maybe we need to make it again, just for the tradition.  Damn the calories and full speed ahead.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gobble-y Gobble-y

Well, Thanksgiving has passed, and it is time for stores to start putting out the Christmas stuff and playing Christmas music--oh wait, that started right after Halloween.

We have an old Muppet Christmas show we watch every year (watch out for the icy patch) in which the turkey persuades the Swedish Chef that Big Bird is a turkey.  The show is old enough that Jim Henson is in it, and my bride tears up each year when we watch it.  She has never gotten over his tragic death.

Anyway, more often than not we host Thanksgiving, and I have always found it easier to make two modest sized turkeys than one huge one.  But for years was dissatisfied with the method of cooking the second turkey.  We only had one oven, so one when there, but whither the second?  Cooking on the grill here on the North Coast can be chancy in November.  I used an electric roaster, which cooked the turkey but retained so much moisture that it was more steamed than roasted.

When we redid our kitchen 2 years ago we considered a second oven, but decided that was a pretty steep price for something we would only use one day a year, and we had other places that money could be better spent.

Many people deep fry their turkeys, but some also burn down their houses doing it.  

  Then I heard about an oil-less turkey fryer.  That sounded safer, so I ordered one.  I got the Big Easy Oil-less Infared Turkey Fryer
It was a lot less than a second built-in oven.  And it works great, it uses propane from a tank, like a gas grill.  I don't understand how it works, but it does.

Now I have not had a real deep-fried turkey, and I do not claim that this is really the same, but it cooked my second turkey, 14 pounds, in just about 2 hours, and gave it crispy skin and moist meat.  The only trick is that you really need to watch it.  It can cook faster than you expect.

I would like to be able to show you a photo of my turkey, but with 2 turkeys to carve, and the other stuff to orchestrate, photography just was not in the picture, but this should give you the idea

And the Big Easy is not just for turkeys.  It does a great job on chickens (I usually cook 2 since I am cranking it up) and I have also cooked pork loin and beef in it.  For further inspiration there are online forums where people cook almost anything in their Big Easys. 

So, for you Thanksgiving turkey next year, or maybe for your Solstice turkey this year, the Big Easy might be something you want to consider.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dog's Body

Since we have all completed our first challenge, baking our way through every recipe in HB in 5, Michelle has graciously offered to give us monthly challenges, to keep us off the streets.  The challenge this month was to make something historical.  For inspiration I looked to historical fiction: the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.  These novels, 20 of them in all (plus part of an unfinished 21st), cover the period of the Napoleonic wars.  The series begins in 1800 and ends about 1815.  Jack Aubrey is a captain in the royal navy, and Stephen Maturin is his particular friend, a ship's surgeon, and a spy.  The  movie Master and Commander, with Russel Crowe, is drawn from several of the books.  I have read all 20 books, and am gradually working my way through them a  second time. Needless to say I like these books very much, and heartily recommend them.  You should start your voyage of discovery with the first book, Master and Commander.

The series has spawned several related works: an atlas, an "illustrated companion," and a compilation of music.  Most importantly for our purposes it prompted Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It's a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels (Patrick O'Brian) by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman, Lisa Grossman Thomas and Patrick O'Brian.  (The "which it's" construction is drawn from a speech convention used by Killick, Aubrey's steward, homage to which I have paid in my own subtitles.)  Lucky Jack Aubrey loves women, he loves sailing, he loves prize money, and he loves food.  The novels lavish significant attention on this last topic, hence the Gastronomic Companion, which recreates recipes for the meals in the books.  For a sense of what these meals were like I strongly suggest you visit Blog d' Ellison, for pictures and a description of a dinner prepared 'a la Aubrey. 

On a sea voyage at the beginning of the 19th century the key to provisions was durability.  Right after leaving a port the food could be pretty good, but voyages lasted years, and the fresh stuff soon ran out.  (When the pickings got particularly slim, they caught the rats and cooked them up.  These they called 'millers,' according to Jack Aubrey "to make 'em eat better; and perhaps because they are dusty, too, from getting into the flour and peas.")  For these long voyages stuff had to last, and there was no refrigeration.  It was hardtack, salt beef and pork, dried peas.

I thought about making hardtack, more properly ship's biscuit, but the recipe requires that the finished biscuits be stored in barrels for many years, preferably at sea and somewhere that they would develop a good crop of weevils.   Looking for something a bit quicker to prepare I opted for Dog's Body, or Pease Pudding.   This is somewhat different than the pease porridge of the nursery rhyme, although it too can be enjoyed hot, or cold, or presumably, nine days old.

At least according to the New York Times pease porridge is more of a soup.   Pease Pudding is much sterner stuff.  The Old Foodie observed that
Some sort of porridge/pottage has been the staple meal of peasants in many countries for many centuries. In its simplest form it is a sort of soup with a starchy base, with other additions depending on the circumstances of the time. On feast days, ale or wine and spices, sugar and dried fruit could be added to make this one-pot meal special, and Sam [Pepys] mentions ‘brave plum porridge’ with apparent relish, in another diary entry. All that was needed was the development of pudding cloths in the seventeenth century to enable Christmas (plum) porridge to evolve into Christmas (plum) pudding, and Pease porridge to Pease pudding.

One might wonder why it took mankind until the seventeenth century to develop the pudding cloth, but then again, one might wonder why it was developed at all.   Apparently, puddings started out like sausages--being stuffed into animal entrails.  Some were stuffed into stomachs, like haggis, others into intestines like black or blood pudding.  In fact, according to my New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary one of the early meanings of 'pudding' is the bowels, entrails and guts.  As Humankind  progressed the entrails were abandoned in favor of basins and cloths.  Broadly speaking, a basin is used for steamed puddings and a cloth for those that are boiled.  Puddings are usually cooked for quite a while.

My recipe for Pease Pudding is boiled in a pudding cloth.  To be accurate I should have used a piece of sailcloth for my pudding cloth, but alas I had none.  Cotton towels will work, but I had some unbleached muslin that I used.

The recipe itself is pretty easy, and since this was just for the two of us I halved it.   I took 1/2 pound of dried split peas(e) and tied them loosely (so that they have room to expand) in my pudding cloth.  I  placed this in a pot of boiling water and boiled it for 1 1/2 hours.  Then I drained it and let it cool enough to handle.  At that point I squeezed out as much moisture as I could and put the resulting lump of pease in a bowl.   The recipe then calls for mixing the pease with some butter and flour and salt and pepper.

 As a note the recipe observes that a more seamanlike version can be made using salt-pork instead of butter.   I confess to being even more lubberly (this challenge did start out as HEALTHY bread in 5 minutes a day), and using light butter.  This mixture is then returned to the pudding cloth and this time it is tightly tied.  The tightness of the tie determines the texture of the pudding.  Then it is back into a pot of (fresh) boiling water for an hour.   
 That is it.  It is then carefully unmolded onto the serving plate. 

At first I was concerned that my pudding was too loose.  In The Far Side of the World, Captain Aubrey is on deck "eating a piece of cold or at least luke-warm pease pudding with one hand and holding on to the aftermost maintopgallant standing backstay with the other, ..."   My pudding had the consistency when unmolded of a semi-firm polenta, certainly not firm enough to eat out of hand.  But like polenta it firmed up as it sat.
 So how was it?  Surprisingly good!!  Pease, butter, salt and pepper, how bad could it be?  We did in fact eat it hot, and we later ate it cold.  Thinking to be clever, I also sliced it and browned it in a bit of olive oil, like a polenta.
 I subsequently discovered from Lobscouse and Spotted Dog, however, that this was a traditional treatment for leftover pudding.  There is in fact nothing new under the sun.  Our Dog's Body did not last nine days, so we did not eat it nine days old.  One of the recipes I consulted, posted by Molly at noted that it is  "[a]lso lovely served cold, spread on a chunk of bread and topped with a thin slice of ham."  That does sound good.

Now, as for Dog's Body.  Apparently, according to Wikipedia, this was sailors' slang for pease pudding.  It then became slang for a junior naval officer, and then evolved, as dogsbody, into a term for anyone doing menial work--a drudge.   In usage then it would be "I am my wife's dogsbody."  (And her arm candy.)

So, having baked Dog's Body 'a la Aubrey, I think I will read the next volume on my re-read of the series.

Till next time I wish you all fair winds and a following sea.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hunting Me Some Wild Sourdough

 A post on our Discussion Board (from Renee) prompted me to try to catch some wild sourdough.  I have a strain that supposedly went west on the Oregon trail, but we are supposed to eat more locally, and you don't get much more local than wild beasts captured in your own backyard.  (OK, I know yeasts are fungi, but I am using my poetic license.)  For my trap I mixed 1/2 cup of unbleached flour with 1/2 cup bottled water and 1/8 teaspoon of lemon juice in a non-metalic (I used plastic) bowl.  I set a coarse strainer on top to keep out big chunks and leaves and set it in the garden for about an hour or so--as long as it took to mow the lawn.   Then I brought it inside, set a plate on top as a cover, put it on the kitchen counter, and waited.

After about 24 hours I had some liquid on top, although maybe that was just the stuff settling, and perhaps some bubbles, so I fed it with 1/4 cup each of water and flour.  Once it is going you are supposed to feed it twice a day, and when I checked at 36 hours I had lots of bubbles. 
From there on I just kept the bowl on the counter, covered, and fed it some flour and water twice a day.  

In the past when I used sourdough I usually measured by volume.  Harder core bakers measure by weight, which is what I now do for AB/HB in 5 baking.   So although I began by feeding my starter equal parts of water and flour by volume, I switched and started feeding it by weight, which is not the same thing since equal volumes of flour and water have different weights.  For people who care about the hydration of their sourdough and their dough, weight is the way to go since that is how hydration is calculated.  For a discussion of hydration, or the Bakers' Percentage, you can go to Northwest Sourdough for a bunch of helpful info, including a hydration calculator.   Basically, the flour percentage is always 100%, and it is ignored.  The percentage of hydration then is in terms of the water, or other liquid, related to the flour.  Since in my starter the water is the same as the flour, the hydration is 100%. 

Each time you feed your starter you get more of it, since you are adding more flour and water.  Once it really gets going you remove what you added to use in whatever you are making.  But at this stage, I just kept feeding it, and getting more starter.  Usually, you discard some starter and add more flour and water.  These were my babies, however, so when my bowl got full I divided the starter and kept going.  An heir and a spare.

At about a week I had two bowls full, so instead of discarding some of the starter I used some to make a loaf of bread.  I got up early, since it was an all day project, and formed my dough using a recipe I got from one of my blogging buddies.  I then went to check my email. and right after starting my bread saw a post in our Discussion Board from Danielle stating that you should wait to use a new starter for a full 2 weeks.  OOOPS.  I am not sure if waiting is to get the starter going well or to develop the sour flavor.  Anyway, since I had the dough formed I went ahead.  I got bread, but is was a little heavy. 
It had lots of air pockets, so I think the starter did its job.  But the dough seemed dry to me as I formed it, thought I am used to AB/HB dough, and perhaps it may have been a hydration issue.

It did not take long for me to build up more starter, and this time instead of discarding any I used some to make waffles.  This is my go-to use for sourdough.
You can get my recipe in an earlier post. 

Next, I decided to give bread another try, this time using the Peasant Bread from AB in 5.   I chose this bread because it has some rye flour in it, and I had read that using rye can enhance the sour tang in the bread.  I did not use one of the breads with more whole grain since that seems to mute other flavors.    Jeff and Zoë add a little commercial yeast when they use sourdough, but here I did not, relying entirely on my yeast peeps.
They did a great job.

To limber up for Thanksgiving I had done a turkey in my Oil-less Turkey Fryer, and had leftovers.  So I decided to make some sourdough biscuits to go under some turkey and gravy.  I used the Sourdough Biscuits in a HURRY recipe from Discovering Sourdough, and they came out great.  

And finally, I used the rest of the Peasant Bread dough to make some oval loaves.   They, too, turned out well.

I am getting good bread, but not much sour tang.  From what I have read this seems to be a fairly common issue.  But now that I have my own yeast strain I plan to continue to bake more than waffles with my sourdough, and see what happens.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Visitors During the Last Year

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            Pennsylvania 86
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            North Carolina 45
            Georgia 45
            Tennessee 44
            Florida 43
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            Iowa 35
            Texas 35
            Michigan 32
            Minnesota 28
            Arizona 26
            Maine 22
            Massachusetts 22
            Utah 21
            Virginia 18
            New Jersey 16
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Thursday, October 27, 2011


Revised Baking Schedule for HBinFive With Necessary Ingredients and Ratings
Does not include AP or WW flours or ingredients like pizza toppings and basic seasonings.

1. January 15th Bread Braid
1 full Master Recipe  The Master!!
Pgs 53-59 - 1 Loaf of Bread
Pgs 71-73 – Epi or Wreath shaped bread
Pgs 233-234 - Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers (Chili Powder)

2. Feb 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread  Katie Really Likes This
Pgs 92-93 – 1 Loaf of Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
Pgs 94-95 – Hamburger or Hotdog Buns  Very Good
Pgs 277-278 – 1 loaf of Apple Strudel Bread (Apples, Raisins, Walnuts)  Katie Loved This

3. Feb 15th Bread Braid (Celebrating Valentine’s Day)
½ recipe Red Beet Buns (Spelt Flour, Raw Beets)
Pgs 180-181 – Red Beet Buns Good
½ recipe Chocolate Espresso WW Bread (Bittersweet Chocolate)
Pgs 304-305 – Chocolate Tangerine Bars (Craisins, Tangerine) Just OK

4. March 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of 100% Whole Wheat Bread w/Olive Oil  OK
Pgs 81-82 – 1 loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Bread w/Olive Oil
Pgs 225-226 – 1 loaf of Aloo Paratha (Peas, Potatoes, Curry Powder, Ghee)
Pgs 220-222 – 1 loaf of Southwestern Focaccia w Roasted Corn and Goat Cheese (Corn, Dried Chili Pepper or Chili Powder, Pablano Pepper, Diced Tomatoes, Cumin, Goat cheese, Chicken, Cilaintro)

5. March 15th Bread Braid (St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)
½ recipe Avocado-Guacamole Bread (Avocado, Tomato) Good
Pgs 160-161 - 1 loaf of Avocado-Guacamole Bread
½ recipe of Pesto Pine Nut Bread (Spelt Flour, Pesto, Pine Nuts)
Pgs 98-99 - 1 loaf of Pesto Pine Nut Bread  Very Good--Use Other Stuff

6. Apr 1st Bread Braid (Celebrating Spring)
½ recipe of Carrot Bread (Wheat Germ, Coconut, Carrots, Dried Fruit, Walnuts)
Pgs 157-159 - 1 loaf of Carrot Bread  Pat Loves This
½ recipe of Olive Spelt Bread (Spelt Flour, Yogurt, Pitted Green Olives)
Pg 96-97 - 1 loaf of Olive Spelt Bread or you can make a flat bread, rolls or buns  Greta Liked This a Lot

7. Apr 15th Bread Braid  Interesting--but not worth making again. 

1 full recipe of Gluten-Free Olive Oil Bread (Brown Rice Flour, Soy Flour, Tapioca Flour, Xanthum Gum)
Pgs 238-239 - 1 loaf of Gluten-free Olive Oil Bread
Pgs 240-241 - Gluten-free Pizza w fresh Mozzarella, Olives, Basil and Anaheim Peppers
Pgs 242-243 - Gluten-free Sesame Baguette (Sesame Seeds)

8. May 1st Bread Braid (May Day)
½ recipe Chocolate Espresso Whole Wheat Brioche (Bittersweet Chocolate)
Pgs 294-296 – Cinnamon Crescent Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing  OK
½ recipe Milk and Honey Raisin Bread (Raisins)
Pgs 270- 271 – 1 loaf of Milk and Honey Raisin Bread Good

9. May 15th Bread Braid
1 full Master Recipe
Pgs 62-63 - 1 loaf of Hearty Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf Good
Pgs 66-67 – Turkish-Style Pita Bread with Black Sesame Seeds (Black Sesame Seeds)
Pgs 64-65 – Whole Grain Garlic Knots (Parsley, Parmesan)

10. Jun 1st Bread Braid
1 full Master Recipe
Pgs 218-219 – Cherry Black Pepper Focaccia (Dried Cherries, Shallots)
Pgs 74-75 – Cinnamon Raison Whole Wheat Bagels (Raisins) Hard and messy to make
Pgs 60-61 - Moon and Stars Bread (Sesame Seeds)

11. Jun 15th Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Whole Wheat Bread w Olive Oil Good for pizzas, but so is Master
Pgs 213-215 - Pesto Pizza w Grilled Chicken on the Gas Grill
Pgs 223-224 – 1 loaf of Seed Encrusted Pita Bread (Mixed Seeds)
Pgs 205-207 – Oven-Baked Whole Grain Pizza w Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina

12. Jul 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Mixed Berry Bread (Frozen Mixed Berries) Not as berry-y as you would think
Pgs 197-199 – 1 loaf of Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Bread or Muffins
½ recipe of WW Banana Bread (Bananas, Walnuts) Not very banana-y
Pgs 200-201 – 1 loaf Whole Wheat Banana Bread

13. Jul 15th Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Gluten-free Cheddar and Sesame Bread (Sorghum Flour, Soy Flour, Xanthum Gum, Cheddar Cheese, Sesame Seeds) Great taste--adapt to Master
Pgs 244-245 – 1 loaf of Gluten-free Cheddar and Sesame Bread
Pg 247 – Gluten-free Parmesan Bread Sticks (Parmesan)

14. Aug 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Four-leaf Clover Broccoli and Cheddar Buns (Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese)
Pgs 174- 176 - Four-leaf Clover Broccoli and Cheddar Buns OK
½ recipe of Mesquite Bread (Mesquite Flour, Masa, Agave Syrup, Serrano or Jalapeno Peppers, Cilantro)
Pgs 171-173 – 1 loaf of Mesquite Bread Great Aroma, Good Flavor

15. Aug 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Vollkornbrot: 100% Whole Grain (Wheat Berries, Rye Flakes, Molasses)
Pgs 83-85 – 1 loaf Vollkornbrot: 100% Whole Grain Good
½ recipe of Rosemary Flax Baguette (Ground Flax Seed, Wheat Germ, Rosemary)
Pgs 89-91 – 3-4 loaves of Rosemary Flax Baguette Good

16. Sep 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Plain and Simple  Very Good
Pgs 79-80 – 1 loaf of 100% WW Bread, Plain and Simple
Pgs 208-209 – 1 loaf of Zucchini Flatbread (Parsley, Zucchini, Parmesan, Pine Nuts)
Pgs 228-230 – 1 loaf of Msemmen (Algerian Flatbread) (Cumin, Paprika, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper)  Interesting

17. Sep 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe Maple Oatmeal Bread (Rolled Oats, Wheat Germ, Buttermilk, Maple Syrup)
Pgs 145-146 – 1 loaf of 100% Whole Grain Maple Oatmeal Bread Disappointing
½ recipe Quinoa Bread (Quinoa)
Pgs 132-133 – 1 loaf of Quinoa Bread  Very Good

18. Oct 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of WW Brioche (Great) or Pumpkin Pie Broiche (Pumpkin) (Great)
Pgs 292-293 -- Honey Caramel Sticky Nut Buns (Orange Zest, Nuts, Raisins)  Excellent
Pgs 287-289 – Indian Spiced Whole Grain Doughnuts (Cardamom)  Terrific
Pgs 290-291 – Pear Tarte Tatin w Brioche (Pears, Star Anise, Fresh Ginger, Cardamom)

19. Oct 15th Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Whole Wheat Bread
Pgs 210-212 – Whole Grain Pizza on the Gas Grill (right on the grates)
Pgs 231-232 - Grissini (Olive Oil Bread Sticks) (Rosemary)
Pgs 155-156 – 2 small loaves of Garlic Studded Baguette

20. Nov 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe Pear Coffee Bread (Pears, Yogurt)
Pgs 185-186 – 1 loaf of Pear Coffee Bread  OK
½ recipe Tabbouleh Bread w Parsley, Garlic and Bulgar (Bulgar, Parsley)
Pgs 152-154 – 1 loaf of Tabbouleh Bread w Parsley, Garlic and Bulgar  Excellent

21. Nov 15th Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Pumpkin Pie Brioche (Pumpkin)
Pgs 297-298 - Pistachio Twist (Pistachios, Orange or Rose Water) Hard to make, but very good filing
Pgs 299-300 – Fruit-filled Pinwheels (Fruit Preserves)

22. Dec 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of 100% Whole Wheat Christmas Stollen (Dried Fruit, Marzipan or Almond Paste or Almonds)
Pgs 279-281 – 1 loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Christmas Stollen Good
Pg 199 – Muffins

2011 (Are you still with me?)
24. Jan 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe Whole Wheat and Flaxseed Bread (Ground Flax Seed)
Pgs 86-88 – 1 loaf 100% Whole Wheat and Flaxseed Bread Good, nice flavor
½ recipe Roasted Garlic Bread (Ground Flax Seed, Spelt Flour)
Pgs 100-102 – 1 loaf of Roasted Garlic Bread Good

25. Jan 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe Dilled Rye w White Whole Wheat (Rye Flour, Dill)
Pgs 123-124 1 loaf of Dilled Rye with White Whole Wheat  Not much dill flavor
½ recipe 100% Whole Grain Rosemary Potato Dinner Rolls w a Salt Crust (Rye Flour, Soy Flour, Rosemary, Potatoes)  OK--different
Pgs 125-126 - Whole Grain Rosemary Potato Dinner Rolls w a Salt Crust

26. Feb 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Gluten-free Crusty Boule (Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Xanthum Gum)
Pgs 236-237 - 1 loaf of Gluten-free Crusty Boule
Pg 246 – Gluten-free Cheddar and Sesame Crackers (Sesame Seeds)

27. Feb 15th Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Whole Grain Rye (Rye Flour, Caraway Seeds)
Pgs 113-114 – 1 loaf of Whole Grain Rye  Very Good
Pgs 182-184 – Stuffed “Sandwich” Loaf
Save some dough for the next recipe

28. Mar 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Bavarian-style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread (Rye Flour, Caramel Color Powder, Caraway Seeds, Molasses)
Pgs 115-117 – 1 loaf of Bavarian-style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Good
Pgs 118-119 – Black-and-White Braided Pumpernickel and Rye Loaf

29. Mar 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Apple Barley Bread (Barley Flour, Rye Flour, Apple Cider, Apples, Dried Apples, Barley Malt Syrup)
Pgs 194-196 – 1 loaf of Apple Barley Bread  Not as good as expected
½ recipe of 100% Whole Grain Butterfat-and-Yolk-free Brioche
Pgs 282-283 – 1 loaf of Whole Grain Butterfat-and-Yolk-free Brioche  OK--not great

30. Apr 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe Focaccia w Garlic Shards, Artichokes and Rosemary (Garlic, Artichokes, Rosemary)
Pgs 216-217 – 1 loaf of Focaccia w Garlic Shards, Artichokes and Rosemary
½ recipe Emmer Bread (Emmer Flour, Sesame Seeds, Beer)
Pgs 106- 108 – 1 loaf of Emmer Bread  OK--not great

31. Apr 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Cracked Wheat Bread (Cracked Whole Wheat)
Pgs 109-110 – 1 loaf of Cracked Wheat Bread  Pretty Good
½ recipe of Bradley Benn’s Beer Bread (Rye Flour, Beer)
Pgs 120-122 – 1 loaf of Bradley Benn’s Beer Bread  Not worth the trouble

32. May 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of 10-Grain Bread (10 Grain cereal, Mixed Seeds)
Pgs 111-112 – 1 loaf of 10-Grain Bread Too Dense--needs more liquid??
½ recipe of Buckwheat Bread (Buckwheat flour, Buckwheat Groats)
Pgs 127-128 – 1 loaf of Buckwheat Bread  Very Good

33. May 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Anadama Corn Bread (Corn Meal, Wheat Germ, Molasses)
Pgs 129-131 – 1 loaf of Anadama Corn Bread  Too Molasses-y
½ recipe of Whole Grain Brown Rice Bread (Brown Rice, Ground Flax Seed)
Pgs 140-141 – 1 loaf of Whole Grain Brown Rice Bread Good if you have extra rice

34. Jun 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Seeded Oat Bread (rolled Oats, Ground Flax Seed, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Barley Malt Syrup)
Pgs 147-149 – 1 loaf of Seeded Oat Bread  Great
½ recipe of Provencal Fisherman’s Bread (Pain Bouillabaisse) (Herbs de Provence, Saffron Powder, Bulb Fennel)
Pgs 165-167 – 1 loaf of Provencal Fisherman’s Bread (Pain Bouillabaisse)  Surprisingly good--but who has fennel?

35. Jun 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Not Rye (but so very close), and Gluten-free (Brown Rice Flour, Teff Flour, Tapioca Flour, Xanthum Gum, Molasses)
Pgs 249-251 – 1 loaf of Not Rye (but so very close), and Gluten-free
½ recipe of Honey Graham Bread (Graham Flour)
Pgs 268-269 – 1 loaf of Honey Graham Bread Pretty Good

36. Jul 1st Bread Braid
1 full recipe of Gluten-free Brioche (Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Xanthum Gum)
Pgs 252-253 – 1 loaf of Gluten-free Brioche
Pgs 254-255 – “Super Sam” Gluten-free Cinnamon Buns

37. Jul 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Herbed Potato and Roasted Garlic Bread (Spelt Flour, Ground Flax Seed, Herbs de Provence, Potato
Pgs 103- 105 – 1 loaf of Herbed Potato and Garlic Bread Good
½ recipe of Red Wine and Cheese Bread (Rye Flour, Red Wine, Sharp Cheddar)
Pgs 137-139 – 1 loaf of Red Wine and Cheese Bread Good

38. Aug 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Bran Muffin Bread (Wheat Bran, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Raisins)
Pgs 272-274 - 1 loaf of Bran Muffin Bread Good
½ recipe of Oatmeal Date Bread (Steel Cut Oats, Maple Syrup, Dates, Walnuts)
Pgs 191-183 – 1 loaf of Oatmeal Date Bread  Excellent

39. Aug 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Brown Rice Prune Bread (Brown Rice, Prunes, Prune Juice)
Pgs 188-190 – 1 loaf of Brown Rice Prune Bread  OK
½ recipe of Toasted Millet and Fruit Bread (Millet, Mixed Dried Fruit)
Pgs 134- 136 – 1 loaf of Toasted Millet and Fruit Bread  OK

40. Sep 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Wild Rice Pilaf Bread (Wild rice, Onions, Mushrooms)
Pgs 142- 144 – 1 loaf of Wild Rice Pilaf Bread  Very Good
½ recipe of Lentil Curry Bread (Lentils, Curry Powder)
Pgs 168-170 – 1 loaf of Lentil Curry Bread  OK

41. Sep 15th Bread Braid
½ recipe of Sweet Potato and Spelt Bread (Spelt Flour, Sweet Potato)
Pgs 177-179 – 1 loaf of Sweet Potato and Spelt Bread  OK
½ recipe of Apple and Honey Whole Grain Challah (Wheat Germ, Apples)
Pgs 262-264 – 1 loaf of Apple and Honey Whole Grain Challah Good

42. Oct 1st Bread Braid
½ recipe of Il Bollo (Italian Yom Kippur Challah with Anise and Olive Oil) (Anise, Lemon Zest)
Pgs 265-267 – 1 loaf of Il Bollo  Excellent
½ recipe of Pain au Potiron (Peppery Pumpkin and Olive Oil Loaf) (Pumpkin or squash or Sweet Potato)
Pgs 162- 164 – 1 loaf of Pain au Potiron  OK



1. Bread can be baked on a stone, on a grill or open fire, in a bread pan or cloche.

2. You can make a loaf, buns, rolls, flatbread or whatever you want.

3. Use whatever fruit you want.

4. Toppings and fillings are your choice.

5. If you want to bake something else, other then what is on the schedule, feel free.

6. Any and all substitutions are welcome.