Sunday, April 25, 2010

Show off your bread in a seamless background photo box CHEAP!!!

Having any trouble photographing your bread with stuff showing up in the background unwanted?

Simple solution and very reasonable price. No holes or tools required!!! Use a transparent tub and if in a low light situation you can shine a light through the top of the tub.

Bend an old fashion wire hanger so it will push in the back of the tub and stay in place.

Hang any cloth, table runner, use your imagination here. Drape part of the cloth beyond the bottom edge of the tub. Works easiest on the edge of the counter or table.

If you need to slant the bread toward the camera just put a small something under your bread to raise it up in the back.

This tub measures 22" long x 14" wide and 8 1/2" deep.



This is so easy to take out to photograph and put away when done.

Here is an example of photographing bread with your tub box and table runner.

This is pumpernickel bread in ABin5 on page 67-68 with a few changes. I don't like a strong coffee taste so I made weak coffee. 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon coffee ground. Boiled it on the stove in a sauce pan. Poured the coffee through a coffee filter into a measure cup and added enough water to make it 1 cup. Used this in place of 1 of the three cups of water in the recipe.

Used two tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the 1 1/2 tablespoons. I made sure the cocoa was not processed with alkali so I get the benefits from the cocoa.

The recipe called for caramel color and so I used red and green food coloring. More green than red.

Used a bread pan that measures 10 1/2" x 4" and 2 3/4" high. Put 1 pound 11 ounces of dough in the pan after first rise. Nice tea size slices of bread from this pan. The bread had nice crumb also!!! If you notice I didn't slash the top of the bread because for tea sandwiches I want a smooth top so just used a toothpick and poked 4 holes in the top of the bread.

Did not use water in pan or a stone either.



The holes in the top of the bread look big but that is because I poked the temp gauge in the top to check when done.

This bread is excellent for toast!!! Besides tea sandwiches.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Healthy Wheat Bread

Not happy after looking in the mirror in the nude. I remembered someone saying we are what we eat. I stopped buying cottage cheese!!! Bought a treadmill and using it..........

And eating better..............made the Master Wheat Bread in a loaf pan but didn't slash the top like they said on page 62. Instead poked the top with a toothpick for a smooth top and no seeds. Also I used bread flour for the all purpose and added sugar and oil.


Here is the crumb and the slice measures 5 inches tall.

wheat crumb

In case you missed Cathy Warner The BBD#29 Round up on May 5. I did some baking in clay pots. I have a small chicken and it makes a small boule for two about 5 small slices. Just spray oil on the inside of the bottom and cover and preheat. When preheated just drop the dough in the bottom and cover and cook 30 minutes or 190-200 degrees. This chicken measures 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches.


I was busy getting ready for the road and on the road to Michigan when everyone made this in the HBin5 book. The dough I decided to make was from ABin5 page 134 olive oil dough with some changes where the water was 2 3/4 cups. I did 2 cups water and 3/4 cup mild pepper juice and added 10 pepper rings and a 6 oz can of drained olives. I diced up the peppers and olives and added to the dough for the first rise.


When the dough went in the chicken base I did add some flour and slashed the top of the dough before baking.


This dough makes wonderful pizza and didn't have time to take a picture. Just pigged out!!!

Makes great toast for eggs.

This clay pot that measures 12 x 8. It was made in W. Germany. I put my left over dough on parchment paper for toast in this pot.







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