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making bread, muffins, tortillas and pizza dough

Part of our ongoing plan to reduce plastic is to make more food at home. Over the past month I have been pretty successful at making most of our bread, muffins, tortillas and pizza dough although we do occasionally buy bread and rolls from the bakery as well. It is a nice treat, especially when it is challah, bagels, or tasty gourmet bread like olive that is not yet part of my repertoire.

For bread I have been making a (new to me) recipe that cooks two loaves in bread pans and they most resemble the sliced bread we would buy. It uses six cups of flour and two cups of milk so I make them when the ingredients are plentiful. It seems the first loaf out of the oven is devoured straight away with goat butter and jam. The next goes into a bag for slicing and eating for the next couple of days. I found the recipe documented by Rachael Ringenberg posted on Hither and Tither’s blog here. Another recipe that I like and have posted about before is the no knead bread recipe by Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery. It is his pizza dough recipe that I turned to because it is a similar process that has a lower yeast and a longer ferment time.

We chose a tortilla maker from Amazon after researching tortilla presses. The electric cast iron model seemed like the one that would best fit our needs. It is heavy duty and makes great tortillas. The recipe that we use is basic and came with the press. We like using olive oil instead of shortening or lard and the tortillas have a buttery flavor from the California olive oil.

Not having as much bread around has inspired me to bake more muffins. They usually come about after we have made oatmeal and turn the leftover cooked oats into these muffins. I came across the recipe first at the Coffee in the Woodshed blog and then read pretty much the same version at Orangette. I have modified the recipe a bit, using less flour and sugar and adding all kinds of fruit and spices. This muffin tin below has quinoa muffins made with the same principles. I added cherries and mini chocolate chips. ^_^

baking bread

Baking-BreadBaking bread has never looked easier and I am eager to try it. Also NAEYC says that baking bread encourages many different kinds of learning in children so I want to practice so that I can bake with Emma one day.

To begin I am going to try a simple recipe for No-Knead Bread. I don’t actually have a pot or anything to bake it in so I have been researching that too. Of course I would love to invest in a Le Creuset piece because they are so beautiful and heirloom quality and all that but they are also sooo expensive. Probably purchase a Lodge cast iron or colored enamel dutch oven instead. The all black cast iron does not have a problem with the knobs, or so I have read, so the cheaper one seems to be the better choice. And dutch ovens are so handy for everything! Baking bread sounds so wonderful so I am gonna do it!

I have been so spoiled when it comes to buying artisanal bread in Berkeley. Do I get Acme fresh daily (pain de mie is my favorite) or buy a sliced loaf from nearby Bread Workshop?  We love their bread makers and so many of their items (french white batards, asiago rolls, aleppo pepper rounds, pretzles, baguettes!) but its just too draining to go in there (unless Luisa is there ^_^ ). Semifreddi’s has excellent challah and the cinnamon kind is off the hook but for everyday bread I am want something that makes a good egg-in-a-hole. I have been getting loaves of Metropolis Baking Company’s Polynesian Brand bread from the Country Cheese Co. and its pretty good for that purpose.

Not sure where my bread baking adventures will lead me. Hoping that I can slice my bread into good pieces. But then I realize I don’t have a good cutting board or bread knife. _ Anyone have any tips for bread making or the items that I will need? The internet has so many good recipes that I want to start baking right away! Love that internet.

artwork Baking Bread by Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham, R.W.S.