It has been ages since I made a loaf of yeasted bread from scratch. The stars aligned just so yesterday (Sunday), so I meandered my way through a new (for me) process that involved an extra resting point for the batter before kneading. I am incredibly pleased with the texture and structure, so I think I may stick to it. Had forgotten how satisfying a process bread-baking can be. Gonna take advantage of the upcoming […]
There’s no fighting it. It is cold in Austin and the only way to survive the chill is going to be to embrace the oven. Roasting squashes. Baking bread. Dreaming about melty casseroles.
CHIPOTLE-HONEY GRANOLA 1 1/2 cups of oats 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds 1/4 cup raw peanuts 1/4 cup slivered or roughly chopped almonds 1/4 cup of honey 2 tablespoons of oil 1/2 teaspoon pureed chipotle * Toss all the dry ingredients together and place on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Plop it into a 300º oven for about 10 minutes till everything is warmed […]
“mexican” granola, a photo by a_neelee on Flickr. I’m making spicy and non-spicy versions for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop sale on Saturday, October 1.
One of the reasons that I love to cook so much has very much to do with its tangible and fairly immediate results. There is little in life that delivers satisfaction for heart and soul and tummy so quickly. Even the simplest of efforts appeases and comforts a famished belly. Baking on the other hand, requires quite a bit of patience and a stillness of the brain that I don’t have all that often. I’ve […]
I LOVE sweet potatoes. I think they are fabulous – roasted, steamed, in stews, baked with a little butter and pretty much any way in between all those. My husband and daughter, on the other hand, could really do without it. I tried all sorts of things over the fall in hopes of turning them and making them realize what they had been missing all these years, but they would not have it. And then… […]
We eat a fair amount of crackers in the house and if I could cut that out of our regular grocery list with it would come the sodium, fat and preservatives that our bodies don’t need. I do my best to buy organic when it comes to packaged and processed food, but that can get cost-prohibitive pretty quickly. And there they would be again, those darned fish-shaped “crackers.” So, I decided that today was the […]
I have gotten infinitely better at this whole bread thing in the past couple of weeks! The biggest changes I made were to my frame of mind while baking. It has taken me till month-four to realize that I just need to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and be more patient with the bread-rising stages (and life). I was sticking to a clock rather than letting it be ready when it was ready and my breads were suffering […]
Quickie: I cheated. Friday was nuts and I spent all day trying to make a loaf of bread for the sandwich that I had been craving all week and then I had to leave and come back and leave again and then my loaf of bread sucked. Had my sandwich on Saturday afternoon with mediocre store-bought bread (see sad, pathetic photo above) and it was less than satisfying. Ugh. Need that natural baker thing to kick […]