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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  1. Love the cookie cutter cute! And your loaves of bread are wonderful! Loads of seeds which is how I bake bread!

  2. All your breads turned out wonderful and the crackers look so cute. Great job on a great challange!

  3. Love the picture of you in the chef's hat :D Everything turned out great, but I love your crackers the most!

  4. Everything about your post is wonderful. I'm so jealous that you can fit that large of a container in your fridge!

  5. I love those containers too and of course you can't buy just one when you go. Graet job!

  6. I love the cracker shapes! I'll have to check out the restaurant supply store here. Good tip!

  7. Love your breadsticks! And your crackers came out much better than mine. I will try them again! Great pics! Thank you!

  8. how beautiful!!!! i love that your cracker shapes!

  9. what a beautiful wreath! and your crackers are just too darned cute. what a great idea to make bread sticks. my family would LOVE that!

  10. i'm loving the wreath, your breads all came out beautiful! i love the cracker shapes, i wish i had thought of that, my kids would have loved it!

  11. Love your humor! All your baked goods look wonderful. My hubby came into this room while I was on your blog, and chuckled when he saw "Poppin Fresh." :)

  12. Thank you to everyone on your nice comments!!!

  13. Your crackers are so cute! And I love your little Pillsbury dough guy ;)

  14. Excellent! And the wreath is beautiful.

  15. New blog template looks so much better and your pictures look great on a white background!

  16. nice looking crackers and presentation

  17. Lots of lovely bread. Can see I'm in excellent baking company! :)