Thursday, October 13, 2011

Date (and fig) Night

"We were in here earlier having dinner with our friend Sam.I.Am."

I was here earlier, talking about another bread.  The bread of the now is...

#71 Date and Fig Bread

"If we are going to pay this much for crab it better sing and dance and introduce us to the Little Mermaid!"

Today at the grocery store I was shocked to find ingredients I have been looking for the past few months. Dates and figs!  Just sitting beside the cute little pumpkins!  I couldn't believe it, so I bought them immediately just in case they disappeared before I could get back to the store.

After such a great score I had to make this bread.  I did have to chop a whole bunch of figs and dates for the recipe and found that they are extremely sticky.

"You put *your* junk in reverse!"

I didn't do as well mixing in the fruit as with my last bread, but it wasn't a failure like I've had previously. Here are my cute little loaves:

The one on the right isn't very cute, actually. The bread tasted ok. Much more sweet than I expected.

"He turned the gun sideways! That's a kill shot!"

All quotes and video from Date Night.

When Harry Met Sally Lunns...

There is no "Harry", guys.  Just me.

But for the rest of the day "we are going to talk like this"...

"I'll have what she's having."

#70 Sally Lunns

"Well, I just want it the way I want it."

This bread was pretty easy to make. The most difficult part was finding ingredients, which has been the delay on most of 29 breads I have yet to make. This recipe called for candied cherries. I learned that candied cherries are the weird/gross, green/red, sticky things inside a fruitcake. I couldn't find any so I subbed in maraschino cherries.

"It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk."

Cinnamon, orange zest, cherries and raisins had to be mixed in and some how I managed to do this pretty successfully. I surprised myself. I then had to flatten and roll the dough, which (if I do say so myself) was a triumph. I didn't lose any mix-ins until the baking inflated the raisins and they fell off the outside of the loaf.

Here's Sally:

This bread tastes amazing! The shiny stuff is a sugar glaze. It's like candy on top of candy, for people who don't really like candy.

I wish you could taste this! If you have any suggestions for breads I should try to make leave a note in the comments section.

"The fact that you're not answering leads me to believe you're either (a) not at home, (b) home but don't want to talk to me, or (c) home, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy. If it's either (a) or (c), please call me back."

All quotes and videos from When Harry Met Sally....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Honey, I Changed the Recipe

#69 Honey and Saffron Loaf

"I'm on a special diet. No toxic waste."

This recipe came with the option to change one of the key ingredients.  Saffron is ridiculously expensive, so I omitted that and substituted mango chutney as Paul Hollywood suggested.

I did have a little trouble because the dough was really wet and it seemed that no matter how much flour I added it stayed pretty sticky.  I finally got something that would hold it's shape a little and moved on with the rising.

Here's the finished product (which I almost burned even though I had a few minutes before it was supposed to be finished):

"Help! Don't eat me!"

This bread was surprisingly delicious.  I don't know what else to say about it.

Stay safe, kids.

All quotes and videos from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

How I Met Your Chocolate and Sour Cherry Bread

#68 Chocolate and Sour Cherry Bread

"It's gonna be legen... wait for it... dary!"

Today's bread is a dessert-y bread.  The cherries were supposed to be sour and dark (ooh...), but I could only find dark cherries or sour cherries.  I decided I'd go with the sour cherries since the bread is Chocolate and Sour Cherry Bread.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the cherries.

I still can't figure out how to mix stuff in.  I mean I seriously stink at this.  This time I tried mixing in and letting the bread rise for about 30 minutes then shaping for the final rise.  If anybody has advice on the mixing, I'd love to hear it.

"Haaave you met, Ted?"

I mean 'bread'.

How does it taste?  You might ask.  Crazy good!  If you've never had melted dark chocolate with bread you are missing out.  It seems crazy, but this is the softest bread I've ever made.  Hot, perfect bread!

Finished baking for the day...what should I do now?

All quotes and video clips from"How I Met Your Mother".