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Baguette Levain

Baguette Levain

 NOTE: This post is going to be edited later. DONE with many interuptions!

So this weekend was rather quiet and I needed a little bread fix. I have been lusting after the baguettes on The Fresh Loaf dubbed the Anis Baguettes, wonderful open crumb and a 20 hour ferment.  Janedo over there and also her blog, which I need to ask if  I may add her to my blogroll, she spent the day with the recipient of the best baguette in France award. He Anis Bouabasa shared with Janedo his process and formula. These are amazing if they are done correctly. My baguettes decided early on in our relationship they were not going down without some combat! Also, of course, I just cannot leave well enough alone. Here is an acknowledged baker with much more experience than I and I have to try to tweak things.

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Let me say it again, Bubka, Babka, chocolate, cinnamon; I Heart You!I started making some holiday breads today. Bubka or babka was the focus. It is similar to a tea ring or coffee cake. They can be really rich but I prefer one not to sweet and you can create any filling you wish. I made one with an orange marmalade filling as I did’t have almond paste but it is one of my favorites. I will make another one with almond paste soon. Chocolate filling is good too! Of course, chocolate is always good!

(And somehow I continue to lose my formatting! Sorry!)

Babka Roll

Babka Roll

This is the one with the orange marmalade filling. As I said I don’t like my babka too sweet so I didn’t put much filling in this one.

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I usually make these for the holidays and they are just a standard and I wanted to share. Really good and freeze well!

Yeast Rolls Crumb

Yeast Rolls Crumb

Check out the following for the formula!

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White Loaf Au Levain

White Loaf Au Levain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great sandwich bread and was based on a classic white loaf I have been making for some time. It has a really soft crumb and crust and this loaf had a really open crumb due to 20 hour refrigeration before baking. I had some time issues!

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Gift List

(these are in no specific order)

1.  Bamboo Bread Bag

2.  Carved Wood Bowls

3.The First Celebrity Chef, “The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer  (children’s book ages 4-8) Author: Ann Arnold

 4. Tomato Seeds (Tomato Fest)

5. Kaleialoha Orchids 

I am going to be gathering some gift ideas and posting them in the next few days. There is and will remain a link to those “gifts” I deem great gifts for any occasion and not just a seasonal one. That said I will be adding to the list in the coming days and invite you to look over the list and share with others. I will include links and any personal information that I might have; however, I make no guarantees about any of these products or the craftsmanship or the company and this is based solely on my likes, dislikes, opinions and the thought that I think it worthy of a gift.

My first one is a Bread Bag made of a Bamboo textile. One was given as a gift by my Mom to a friend.  I tried to talk herout of giving  it, but it didn’t work.  The bags are very functional, very well constructed. I was fond of the finish of the bamboo material and thought it would be a great idea. Bamboo  helps to wick the moisture away from the bread to help maintain the crust. I am including the URL to the website. Also, may I mention I did not know bamboo was so versatile! I was contacted by Ann and she informed me  they are adding vegetable bags to the ensemble and added a photo. I didn’t ask but I don’t think she will mind if I share with you now. So check this out!!

Yes, you found it first here. The vegetable bags will not be on the website until this coming week so this is a SNEAK Preview and Premier!

Please read the information on the website regarding the bag material.  I found that bamboo has antibacterial properties and is washable. I noticed it had a great feel, sheen and seemed to have a strong tensil strength.

Take this link and see what they carry!  Good luck and Happy Holidays!

WWW.bamboo-bag.com

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe was shared by Zolablue on TFL. I didn’t really make changes, however, I did convert from volume measurements to weights. These are great! Very soft and they freeze well! In the event you read this ZB thank you for sharing!

 

 

 

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On occassion I have a day to myself! My how I love them! I thought, “Today is my canvas; what shall I paint?” Well, I baked all day long!

Here are the results!

Challah, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls

Challah, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls

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