Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mealtime breads... again


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Braided Loaves for the Holidays

I am making this for Christmas gifts for the families we visit this Holiday Season.
I'm adding homemade honey butter to go with it... in a basket... lined with a gorgeous kitchen towel.

It looks so beautiful baked!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pretty Bread!

I am so proud of how these turned out, I just had to post them!
One is going with dinner tonight, One is for making lunches for tomorrow,
The other two are gifts for neighbors for all their hard work and diligence helping
with the Clueless Wonders down the street.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I made my own Hamburger Buns!

Yes... the Master Boule Recipe, just rolled into smallish round 'meatballs' and baked for about 10 minutes!
I haven't purchased any bread in 3 months!
If I can't make it with my dough, we don't need it!
These are sliders. They are about 3 inches in diameter.

Alex's creation (read mess) If you look really close you can see the kitchen sink in there too!
He made up for the small size in heighth!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dead Bread

When bread dough commits suicide...
It is a sad... sad... day.
Guess I put juuussst a little too much yeast in that batch!

Monday, October 20, 2008


Same ol' Boule dough... with a different application.
Onion bread sticks... and

Pesto Bread sticks...

How do you spell yum?


Sunday, October 19, 2008

I made bagels from the Yogurt dough!

Well, okay, they don't look like bagels.. but they sure taste like 'em!
I put them into my Pampered Chef Silicone cupcake pan and made the cute designs on them for some, and some I tried to make real bagels shapes.
They all taste the same with cream cheese.
This dough is a Cinnamon Yogurt Dough.
In the book... its the Buttermilk dough recipe, but instead of Buttermilk, I add one cup of plain lowfat yogurt in place of one cup of the water.
Then I added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon to the recipe, and it takes just like cinnamon raisin bagels. Sans raisins... I ran out.
No, that's not powdered sugar on them, it's the flour.
My men will be eating these in the morning.
I'll post a picture of the Pan I used to the right.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Homemade Pizza Night.

Boule Dough, getting ready to be rolled out as pizza.

I love my french roller!

Left is Mozzarella (cheap stuff) mixed with grated Pecorino Romano (good stuff) and on the right are carmelized onions. Raw onions tend to burn.

Left... my FAVORITE carmelized Eggplant, on the right Finely chopped Kalamata Olives.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Just more bread stuff...

Oh... it seems like forever that I've been on here!
I haven't stopped making bread...have you?
I haven't purchased bread in almost 2 months!
Now if I can only make my own milk and cereal... half my grocery bill will be taken care of.
My kids can eat their weight in milk and cereal in the morning.
Hollow legs I suppose.
So, I've made raisin bread every week for about a month now. Raisin bread grilled cheese sandwich is SOOOO delicious!
Really! Try it!
I braided some bread this morning.
Now that the weather has actually been below 100, I feel like I can bake in the morning now.
The braid is on the title spot on the top of the page.
Sooo, let me know if you are still mixing dough! I feel so alone!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mama the Lunch lady...

My nightly routine. I bake my bread, I cut my bread, I stack the bread with goodies.
The spots are Balsamic Vinegar, the red strings are Roasted Red Peppers, green is Romaine lettuce.

Mustard and Turkey Ham, or whatever meat I have on hand.

Done and ready to pack in foil.

Johnny gets a small one. Will gets two because he is at school for 12 hours.

Bill gets the one of his choosing, and Alex wants his packed with Pepperoncini peppers.

All I need is a hair net, a hairy mole, a cigarette and I am in Lunch Lady business like the one that worked at my Jr. High back in the day!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The perfect Salad for Stale Bread

Stale Bread.
Yes, sometimes, we don't eat all our bread or I over bake a loaf or two and it sits around for a few days.
Yes, it happens.
Just like everything else in life... the new becomes old hat.
Don't get me wrong... I'm not stopping baking my own bread... I've realized how much money I save making and baking my own... plus... it's totally fun, and it's a habit making the dough now.
But... Like the saying goes... Man does not live my bread alone.
So... the Italians are geniuses at coming up with recipes to use absolutely everything up so there is no waste, and one of our favorite salads is
Panzanella Salad.
I may have already blogged about it... but it is so good, it deserves a second mention.
It is basically just a tomato salad with bread cubes in it, but it is just so delicious, and my kidlets ADORE IT!
Cut up a bunch of tomatoes
thinly slice an onion
chopped some parsley, basil and oregano
or use an Italian dry blend
Season and dress with Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, salt and pepper
and just before serving
cut stale bread into one inch cubes and toss them in.
Your taste buds with thank you!
So good!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Buttermilk bread made with Yogurt instead!

This cinnamon raisin bread was made with a modified "Buttermilk" recipe from the book.
I frequent the books blog, and a reader posted a comment about how he used Yogurt instead of Buttermilk in the Buttermilk Bread dough recipe. I don't have buttermilk, but I did have plain yogurt hanging around for Tzazkiki, so I tried it!
Can you say YUM?
The dough is tangy, easy and oh so tender.
I am so proud of this bread!
One loaf has lasted us 3 days, and the kids have been eating it every morning for breakfast toast.
I had to snap this picture before it was all gone.
I priced a large loaf yesterday at the store, and it would have been $7 if I had purchased the same amount of bread that I made.
My 25lbs of bread flour only costs me $7, and it lasts me 2 months!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

How to use up a whole bucket o' dough!

My Mom and I did a big catering job on Friday... and we needed my back patio fridge to store all the sauce and meatballs she made, so I had to move my buckets of waiting dough. There was no room in my house fridge, so I had to use all that dough up, in one day.
Luckily, I only had two buckets of dough. Sometimes I have a third going of another kind of dough other than the Master Recipe.
I wanted to use it quickly, and in a way I knew it would be eaten, and not left to go stale.
I found the perfect use... Focaccia. One. Big. Huge. Focaccia.
I oiled up a Stoneware Bar Pan, and dumped an entire bucket of dough onto it, and gingerly started to spread it by lifting and gently pulling it to the outer edges. Then I just let it sit for about 20 minutes, dimpled it with my fingers and put it into a hot 475 oven.
It was gorgeous!
If I hadn't lost my camera, I would be able to show you! {sigh}
So when it was all done baking... I wrapped it in a towel after it cooled completely, and
the next night, before the Drive in, I made sandwiches with it.
My men went mad for the them!
I layered turkey, sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, shredded lettuce, pepperoncinis, roasted red peppers, balsamic vinegar and olive oil between the pillowy bread.
After wrapping it in foil, I put it in the fridge to ripen and put a skillet on top of it so the layers would squish together to make a sorta Muffaletta, a Mockaletta, if you will.
The rest of the dough was rolled out into thin sheets and my Mom's famous meatballs were chopped up and fresh Mozzarella cheese was grated and encased in the thin sheets as Calzones.
I made them right on the stone, and put the in the oven. I couldn't slide them of a peel because they were too full and dough was thin.
Alex said I should sell them. He kept making dreamy noises as he ate them.
Oh, how I wish I had those pictures...
I'll make more this week, after my new camera delivers.
It was weird not having dough buckets in the fridge.
I am waiting for them to rise as I type this. Both are going into the fridge tonight.
I am having a friend over for lunch tomorrow and I want to have fresh bread to make our Paninni's on.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I need you... like the flour needs the pan...

Come on! I can't be the only one posting on this thing! Isn't anyone else making bread like items? Even sandwiches that are interesting and different?
Adrian posted! Andi... where are you!
I wanna see your bread!
I was at the store the other day, and I was able to skip the entire bread aisle and not have to buy one single thing from it.
I make my own everything now. Even bagels.
Today, I'll be trying out a new stuffed breadstick.
I thought it would be cool to send the kids to school with a "sandwich" filled with saute'd veggies and herbs and spices, that is encased with a thin layer of homemade bread.
Kinda like like the Mock Pockets, but smaller and not stuffed with meat. Or maybe.
I don't know yet. Need to experiment.
I need a show of hands... who would like to come to a quick demo of this kind of bread making at my house?
Let me know!
Roll Call!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bread as Gifts, cont...

1. Make baguettes or breadsticks, and give them with a jar of spagetti sauce (homemade or store bought). Put these in a basket, or even cheaper, a paper bag with a pretty bow.
(cheap neighbor gifts for christmas...esp if you make your own sauce)

2. Why not just buy inexpensive buckets or big tupperware (dollar store maybe?) and mix up a batch with recipe attached. Could even attach recipe like a sticker on the bucket...that way it's right there for them every time they mix a new batch. Nothing like making it easy for someone to get started. Most people own a stone, and an old pan for steam. Throw in a wooden spoon with it...or not!

3. If your Christian...(and so is the receiver), why not just a simple loaf with a ribbon on it...with a scripture attached from the bible about the loaves and fishes miracle. (Mathew 15:36)
(Or the Lords prayer...give us this day, our daily bread, etc) Nice for christmas.
If your not Christian, just attach a card that says "Eat Me!" (Just Kidding, Folks!)

Friday, August 29, 2008

I broke my oven!

I actually broke my oven this week.
I was pouring water into the broiler pan I use on the lower level of my upper oven, to create the steam necessary for my bread to get good and crusty, and a drop of water got on my glass door and shattered it.
I was shocked!
I almost cried.
Thank God it wasn't a day earlier, or I would have written a sappy letter to it.
So... take heed my bread buddies...
Water and Hot oven glass do not mix.
The new glass is on it ways via UPS, to be replaced by Super Bill, to the tune of $58 bucks.
Next time, I will be much more careful.
I had done it a million times before, but this time, it just had enough.
I will also use hot water next time.
But Hey! I'll have new, pristine clean glass soon!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bread as Gift Ideas!

Bread as gift ideas... day two!
How about a stainless steel bowl, a wooden spoon, a sack of flour, a package of yeast
and a pretty sachet of Kosher Salt, all tied up in a bow!
A PC stone, some cornmeal, a spatula and the Boule Recipe!
Bread Basket, Gorgeous cotton towel, butter bell, spreader.
Make Boule recipe, roll out dough for bread sticks, stuff bread sticks with any number of things as stuffing, and deliver them piping hot on Christmas Eve Day to a neighbor. Insta-lunch for all that last minute shopping! A one handed meal!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bread as gifts

Bread... the food of life... literally.
It can be a wonderful thing and it can be the bane of one's existence.
Sensory loading splendor and guilt ridden thigh increaser at the same time.
Remember the No Carb Diet craze? Wanna know why it was a fad?
People. Love. Bread.
Plain and Simple.
Every single culture on the planet has a chosen, "look at us, this is who we are and what we make" bread. Every. Single. One.
So why not embrace it? Why not make some for yourself?
The Holidays are coming up.
If money is tight for you this season... whip up a few batches of the 5 Minute bread and give it to every person you know.
Go to the clearance racks or remnant aisle of your favorite craft store and buy some wonderful material or buy inexpensive tea towels.
Place the loaf in the basket or wrap it with the towel and place it in the basket and tie with a gorgeous ribbon.
Include some jam or mini jelly jars or honey or some homemade honey butter.
Too Simple! Too Delicious! Too Easy!
OR... OR...OR!!!
Whip up the dry ingredients for the dough in a nice glass or plastic bucket, and include directions on how to make it with the water, and include a wooden spoon, and voila!
Insta Bread making kit!
I'm just gettin' warmed up people...
Now its your turn to give ideas... post away!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mock Pockets, cont...

I'm sorry this isn't a new idea...but I was so excited about how these turned out, that I had to grab my camera. Saundra, thanks for all the fun ideas. My kids (ages 2 and 5) absolutely loved these. I tried to make them a bit smaller, next time I will make them even smaller. I put deli ham and swiss cheese in them. There are so many ideas for this. How about pastrami with sauerkraut? Or roast beef with au jus dip? Yum!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rosemary bread loaves...

See that long baguette? That was dinner tonight... I split it... spread my Mama's
FAMOUS meatballs, cut into small pieces, on it, sliced some fresh, buffalo milk mozzarella cheese and topped the meatballs with it, and broiled it for 3 minutes to make...
Well, you'll have to go to to see what I made.
The other two loaves are going to be made into layered Muffaletta sandwiches
for lunch tomorrow after Opening Ceremonies and Clean Up day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quick Pizza

I have some 2 day old bread. Can you believe it?
They didn't eat it all in one sitting!

I don't want it to go to waste... so I am going to make a quick pizza out of it tonight, with the ingredients above.
I'll brush the bread with olive oil and garlic, slice up the tomatoes and cheese and layer it on the bread, and voila! Margherita Pizza!
I'm adding a lovely salad and dinner will be served.
It is the perfect thing to do with bread that is past it's homemade prime.
I made a little too much at one time on Sunday Night, so now I had to get creative, so as not
to waste the lovely bread.
Look at all the holes!
Hee hee!

Friday, August 8, 2008


Well, I made the Pumpernickel bread.
There was coffee, molasses and caramel coloring I needed to add.
I didn't have any caramel coloring, and I didn't feel like burning any sugar, so I used honey
The bread, to me, didn't taste great alone, but in a sandwich? It was awesome!
For me... the strong flavors were too much alone... but somehow dissipated with sandwich fixings.
My favorite is actually peanut butter and jelly on the this bread. Smoked Turkey, tomato and pepperoncini and lettuce a very close second.
I will definitely make this bread again... but next time... I am going to add some dried apricots and chopped dates to the dough. I think they would be great with this bread.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

In the oven

My broken and my Large Round stone in my indoor oven.
The pan below is what I put the water in for the steam.
The bread baked for another 15 minutes to get nice and brown.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Mock Pocket!

Today's impromptu lunch for the boys. We are trying to diminish our fridge and freezer supply now and this is what I came up with.
I know... it looks like road kill, and it's entrails are spilling out... but they said it was very good.

I took a small handful of dough from my bucket... flattened it out, layers some smoked turkey and low fat swiss all along the middle, and rolled it up.
Then baked it out back at 475 for 20 minutes.

Instant Hot Pocket, without all the preservatives! It was a snap to make!

I just need to make the side a little thicker next time so it doesn't look like it's bleedin'

all over the place!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Bread Buddies Unite!

Oh! For the Love of Bread!
Now we 5 minute breadophiles have a place to gasp, giggle and groove to our own drummer!
This is the place to feel free to get giggy about all things bread baking!
This day and age... EVERYONE is health conscious, carb conscious, and whole grain conscious.
Bread is life... people!
It is what the entire world has in common!
It is what keeps the world from starvation!
Every custom, nationality, country, city and state has an
indigenous type of bread they call their own.
From Italian Foccacia, to French Baguettes, to Indian Naan, to Armenian Lavosh to Mexican Tortillas to Jewish Challah and everything in between!
Bread brings cultures together.
In the Bible, breaking bread was a spiritual thing... Jesus chose to spend his last evening
breaking bread with his disciples. They could have danced, cavorted, walked, run away,
hidden, cried, lamented... anything! And they chose a last meal! AND he made a huge deal out of the BREAD representing his BODY!
Bread is BIG in the Bible... remember the Loaves and Fishes?
The PERFECT meal to me is
A baguette, some Sharp Provolone cheese, some fresh grapes and cherries, and
a wonderful glass (bottle, who am I kidding) of Stella Rosa wine.
The. Perfect. Meal.
Andi tells me she could live on bread and fruit forever.
The beauty is in baking it ourselves.
We know what goes in it.
We know what is NOT in it.
We can add all the nutrition we deem necessary... without some one else deciding for us...
AND it is so cost effective!
Enjoy this blog... as much as I hope to.
Comment like crazy and post like crazy!
Buone Mangare Tutto Amici!
Eat Well all my friends!