Monday, December 28, 2009

Baking for HBinFive Group for Jan 15, 2010

I made this in Dec 2009 so didn't want to make it again.
This is Nancy (femalechef). I always used a 5 quart ice cream bucket and sometimes the dough would spill over the top on some recipes. So I decided I would get an 8 qt bucket in case I wanted to make 1 1/2 batch of dough. This is the food safe bucket (polypropylene). I thought I got a real good price. Bought at my local restaurant supply store for $4.19 and the lid was $1.30. Made in the USA Huntington Beach, CA.
Now they have and I got for 1/2 recipes 4 qt instead of 3 qt for $2.42 and lid $ .95. 6 qt $2.99 and lid $1.30. Darn stores....we got to have it all don't we?

I made some of this Jan 15 bread braid before; so decided to make mine a little different and still be a part of this group.

Started making the dough for Italian Semolina Bread with warm water, yeast and salt.

Then added semolina flour and unbleached all-purpose flour

Mixed with a wooden spoon until all blended

Now time to let it rest for a couple of hours!!!


Whoops I fell asleep waiting for the dough to rise.............

After the resting time you can see all the bubbles in the dough. At this time I can put the dough in the fridge and use within 14 days or begin to use it now and that is what I did.

I took a small amount of dough out of the bucket and formed a small ball and then made it in an oval-shape.

After the oval-shaped dough rested for about 40 minutes I slashed the top of the loaf with a serrated knife and gave dough a brush of water and sprinkled sesame seeds
on top.

Put dough on a pizza stone in a preheated 450 degree oven with 1 cup of water in a broiler pan for steam and waiting 35 minutes before taking out of the oven.

Once out of the oven I put the bread on a cooling rack before slicing!!!

The bread was very good!!!

I did make the Jan 15 MINI loaf of bread Nov 13, 2009; my attempt like the cover of the HBin5 Book and here is the picture.

Crackers and bread sticks were made with the same Italian Semolina Bread Dough from ABin5
This dough was wonderful to work with!!! The house smelled so good. I was pacing the floor waiting for the timer so I could eat some of my baked goods.
I like to use a pillow case on my kitchen table for the dough to roll out. Dough doesn't stick and when done just shake out the pillow case outside.
For the bread sticks I rolled out the dough and brushed olive oil and sprinkled garlic powder, parmesan cheese and sea salt. Cooked in mini convection oven 400 degrees 17 min. Then I made some with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Spread it on the dough and on the cookie sheet.

The crackers after rolling out the dough I brushed olive oil and sprinkled chili powder and sea salt. Cut out cute designs with mini cookie cutters. Made another batch with olive oil, lemon pepper, dill weed and sea salt. Cut these out with a pasta cutter.

I served the crackers and bread sticks with garlic dip!!!
The cinnamon sticks served with left over icing I piped on the top with a baggie. The icing was orange juice and orange rind with confection sugar.


Thanks for reading my post and hope your NEW YEAR is going great!!!
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Thursday, December 10, 2009


This is my second ever braid and this one is 3 strand braid made with orange zest and granulated sugar sprinkled on top!!! It was very tasty and stayed soft for days until we finished it. Only two of us and we are trying to not eat a lot of bread in one day.

Then I made my first wreath and dried it for table decorations for Christmas day. Will have to wait to see what the people gathering for dinner will think of it on the bread and roll table. Maybe I need to decorate it more. Any ideas?