Browsing Archive: March, 2011

Crater Faced English Muffins

Posted by denise fletcher on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Classic Breads 

If anyone called me "crater faced", I'd likely cry, or hurl a brick at them. Actually, I'd cry, while taking aim with a brick in hand, then make an appointment with a dermatologist. For an English muffin though, it would be a compliment, rather than an insult. Those ugly craters are delightful butter traps; careful how you use this term - it's patent pending ;)

Now English muffins, let alone good, crater riddled ones that aren't doughy and undercooked inside, are harder to come by here, than ...

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Almond, Citrus and Fennel Combs

Posted by denise fletcher on Monday, March 7, 2011, In : Sweet Breads 

I had bought a box of almond powder, hoping to take the easy route to home made marzipan for a another recipe I wanted to work on, as my usual grocery haunts had not thought fit to stock marzipan for 3 months, for some reason, despite my um.... gentle reminders.

Once home, the box sat in my pantry cupboard for about 5 weeks before I decided enough procrastinating and to hell with marzipan; I'm going to dump the whole box straight into my flour. Did I ever tell you how impatient I am? Or how....

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Atta Loaf

Posted by denise fletcher on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Seed and Grain Breads 

 have a dream.  A dream of a beautiful, crusty, lofty, airy and tender crumbed loaf made entirely with wholewheat flour. Close to a decade of weekly bread baking and it remains a dream. Oh well, what would we have left to hope for, if everything were at our fingertips? 

My wholewheat breads usually contain no more than 40% wholewheat and they're very pleasing loaves, but I saw Indian style, finely ground wholewheat (atta) for chapatis and thought it might make a good, fine textured wholewheat ...

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