Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Parmesan Cheese and Salami Rye Bread

I love to see what other people bake and I’m curious about their stories. A while back I found the blog of Judd of Weekendloafer.  It’s full of great looking breads and Judd’s story is about her beautiful mountain.
 I found this mouthwatering bread filled with blue cheese! We have some Dutch cheeses left in the refrigerator, but there’s no French blue cheese in there. I don’t complain, but …. the taste and smell of a nice blue cheese, hmmmm. And tucked in a lovely rye loaf it's  heavenly. 
But what can I tuck in my lovely rye loaf? I found a piece of Salami and some Parmesan cheese, which would be very nice too. 
Parmesan cheese
The choice was easy; today I bake Parmesan Cheese and Salami Rye BreadParmesan and Salami are eaten in Italy but also in France. So, it’s a French bread, n'est-ce pas?

Since this July is the month of Cindystar’s French Bread I will send this loaf to her. Cinzia of Cindystar  is the charming host of Bread Baking Day#52. She came up with a French theme for this month. I already baked a delicious Couronne Bourdelaise for BBD. 
Instead of two big loaves I followed Judd and baked four small loaves. I like to shape a loaf and decided to shape these loaves myself instead of using bread pans. The moment I’m writing this post I understand why Judd used the bread pans. Judd scored the loaves before proofing. I didn't. My loaves opened up and the filling almost poured out. It looked very rustic! Or is volcanic eruption a better description? Decide for yourself.
Anyway, the loaves tasted delicious and our house smelled like a baguetterie. Bon app├ętit!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Couronne Bourdelaise

Cindy of Cindystar is the host for Bread Baking Day #52. She came with the great theme: baking French bread
We started immediately to look on the Internet for French bread. I say ‘we’ because Peter, my husband, is also involved in baking bread. He doesn’t only eat all the breads I bake, he especially likes to help choose a bread for Bread Baking Day.

So we found a lot of French breads to choose from. Also we found a nice map full of French breads.

As soon as I saw Couronne Bourdelaise or Crown of Bordeaux I knew “that’s the one I want to bake”. At least try to shape it. A long time ago I found a great explanation by Susan of Wild Yeast on how to shape a Couronne Bourdelaise.
Before I baked this crown I made Cheese and Salami Rye Bread. I was inspired by Weekend Loafer.  I was very happy with the whole wheat levain she used. And decided to use the same levain. 
For the rest of the dough I used Susan’s Norwich Sourdough with a small change. I added gluten; 2% of the flour as an experiment.

The next morning we ate the crown and we loved it. Probably because of the whole wheat in the starter we didn’t taste the sourness of sourdough. We enjoyed the chewiness and crusty crust. It’s definitely the most eatable crown I ever made!
this one popped open
Bon appetite!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sourdough Seed Bread

There's a new thing to join; BYOB - Featured Bread Blog. I like the idea of meeting another baker and digging in her or his recipes. This way I can be inspired and learn from them. BYOB chooses the baker and I choose the recipe. 

I enjoyed visiting the first BYOB -Featured Bread Blog: Cathy’s blog Bread Experience

There’s so much Cathy has baked over the years it’s hard to choose a recipe. I wanted to bake with my sourdough starter which made my choice easier. Next steps I took, was looking at titles, ingredients and photos. I try not to judge the bread by the cover (photo) but…. Again it’s difficult because there’re a lot of good looking loaves to choose from. Then I just choose the ingredients I wanted to taste in my bread the next morning for breakfast. This one came out: Seed Bread from Jeffrey Hamelman’s book BREAD. 

The other thing I noticed; Cathy takes a lot of pictures during the process of baking bread. I remembered when I was new at baking my own bread this helped me a lot. And, still I like to look at all those photos. Thank you Cathy for sharing so many recipes and photos, and let’s not forget to thank Jeffrey Hamelman. We enjoyed our Sourdough Seed Bread very much.

When you taste and smell this bread you want to make it too!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Macadamia & Honey Pie

We live in a mountainous area in the North of Thailand. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain, 2565 meters, in Chiang Mai province. And we can see Doi Pha Hom Pok, 2285 meters, from our house. Doi Pha Hom Pok is the thirth highest mountain in Thailand. We live in a beautiful area with good views from the mountains on the valley. About 40 km from our house we also have Doi Angkhang; 1928 meters high.

We love to go on our motorbikes for a nice drive to Doi Angkhang. There we visit the gardens in the Royal Project and enjoy a lunch with Shan (from Burma) dishes. On the marketplace in the village Doi Angkhang you find good local products. We bought almonds and macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts also grow in Thailand. They are delicious but have a very hard nutshell. One day soon we will have a macadamia tree in our garden. It takes about 10 years before the first nuts can be eaten, so we better hurry and plant one. The hard nutshells gave Peter some sweat but he cracked the shells (with a hammer because the nutcracker was not enough) just in time for the pie I was preparing.
We were invited by friends for lunch and I was asked to bring something sweet. I found this recipe at Taste.com.au. Have a look at the photo and see if you can resist this pie; I couldn’t. 

I’m happy I made it and was surprised when I saw only 2 people gave their comment and only 2 stars on the original recipe. I wanted to leave a very positive comment but I needed to login and fill in a form and remember my password and … So, I didn’t. I hope when someone wants to bake a Macadamia & Honey Pie they find this post and see what a great recipe it is! We love it and so did our friends. The only thing I changed is to substitute golden syrup for honey. The reason is simple I don’t have golden syrup and I do have a lot of honey. The crust is great, I baked it a bit longer but that’s normal with my oven.

Enough talking, it’s time for baking this great pie.  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

It’s time to link your baked breads of July to BYOB – Bake Your Own Bread.

There’s a big breadbasket to be filled with homemade breads baked in July. We have a few full baskets already from the previous months; go and see and be inspired.  

Come and join us all in filling the July basket. All the breads you bake during this month are more than welcome. But, there’s more. Also if you want to share knowledge on baking a bread, bread book review or have a bread based recipe you want to tell us all.

Starting this month we have a new category added: the BYOB – Featured Bread Blog of the month. We’ve picked a fellow home baker and bread blogger and now we all meet her. The Featured Bread Blog of July is: Bread Experience
Cathy, previous host of BYOB, has baked a lot of breads and her box is filled with great recipes. There are so many, it’s must be easy to choose one or more to bake this month.

How do you participate?
1.    Bake bread in any form (use your own recipe or use one of Cathy’s)
2.    Post about it on your blog and make a manual back link to BYOB (name BYOB in your post) or by using the BYOB logo (copy the code) in your post (otherwise the Linky tool doesn’t work!)
3.    When you are linking a post that was inspired by the BYOB - Featured Bread Blog of the month; Bread Experience, please put in your blog name - *name of the bread.  The little * (asterisk) will allow us to list your post twice and identifies you as a featured blog poster.

Are you new to BYOB? Have a look here for more information. Do you have a question? Please send an email ("mydiscoveryofbread@gmail.com")

Heather of Girlichef  started to fill the breadbasket in 2012 and starting this month Michelle of Delectable Musings and I, Connie, are helping her. On our blogs you can add your bread and it will be linked to the big breadbasket.

Let the filling of the July bread basket begin!

1. Kitchen Flavours - Thirty-Minute White Bread

2. Sweet Life - Indian Frybread

3. girlichef - Red, White, & Blue Muffins

4. girlichef - Cream Cheese & Almond Coffee Cake

5. My Discovery of Bread - Macadamia & Honey Pie

6. Lavender and Lovage - Pan Bagnat

7. Food Mazaa - Masala Bread Loaf

8. Bakers Corner - Bread from Genzano

9. A Homemakers Diary - 100%Whole Wheat Dinner rolls

10. Thyme in our Kitchen - Cardamom Bread

11. The Yum Factor - Walnut and Fig Loaf

12. Angies Recipes - Mixed Seeds Light Rye Bread

13. What Smells So Good? - Buttermilk French Toast with Homemade Cinnamon - Raisin Bread

14. Frozen Wings - Old Fashioned Raisin Rolls

15. Apa. Faina. Sare. - 40 Percent Caraway Rye Bread

16. Paine si Desert - Kalamata olives bread

17. My Discovery of Bread - *Sourdough Seed Bread

18. Something Sweet - Rich Wheat Challah

19. Something Sweet - Cottage Cheese Yeast Rolls

20. girlichef - *Light-Rye Beer Bread

21. Vivian Pang Kitchen - Char Siew Buns with Pumpkin Dough/ Straight Dough Method

22. Zesty South Indian Kitchen - 100% Rye bread with Sourdough

23. The Simple Life: Arbitrary, Happy and Fulfilled - Maple Syrup Bread

24. Blue Kitchen Bakes - Cranberry & Cinnamon Loaf

25. Reese Kitchen - Chinese Doughnut

26. Bakers Corner - Bruschette with Stracchino cheese and Cherries

27. My Little Space - Soft Buttery Danish Loaf

28. Javenlin Warriors Cookin w/ Luv - Homemade Pizza Dough

29. Pear, Walnut & Goat’s Cheese Breakfast Buns (Muffins)

30. Cooking Pleasure - Twisted Purple Sweet Potato Buns [GDM]

31. Save Sourdough - My Daily bread: 65% wholegrain holey sourdough

32. Confessions of a Curious Cuisiniere - Wheat Pizza Dough

33. Kitchen Flavours - Cheddar Cheese Bread

34. Blue Kitchen Bakes - Banana Bread

35. French Nyonya - Potato Bread

36. Cookingpleasure - Meat Floss Buns

37. blog from OUR kitchen - Easy Little Bread (BBB)

38. Living in the Kitchen with Puppies - Easy Little Bread

39. Piece of Cake - Rosemary Foccacia

40. Vintage Kitchen Notes - Semolina bread

41. the boot blog - Crunchy Challah French Toast

42. girlichef - Baguettes (no-knead)

43. Cooking Pleasure - Milk Bread Loaf

44. Something Sweet - Sweet Potato Brioche

45. Hanielas food & photography - Soft Pretzel Tomato Bites

46. Lady Lunchalot - Baking Rye Bread

47. My Discovery of Bread -Couronne Bourdelaise

48. Cookingpleasure - Potato Sesame Seed Buns

49. Sweet and Thats It - Semolina Bread

50. Blue Kitchen Bakes - Chilli & Sesame Rolls

51. Kitchen Flavours - Braided Challah

52. Frozen Wings - Ham and Cheese Stromboli

53. Culinary Adventures with Camilla - Fresh Blueberry Brioche Muffins

54. Culinary Adventures with Camilla - Strawberry Jam-Swirled Brioche Bread

55. Culinary Adventures with Camilla - Fruit Galettes with Yeasted Tart Dough

56. Cooking Pleasure - Cornet Shaped Carrot Buns

57. Munaty Cooking - No Knead Artisan Rustic Bread

58. My Discovery of Bread - Parmesan cheese and Salami Rye Bread

59. The Garden Deli - Chilli & Herb Bread

60. Fuss Free Flavours - Tomato Chutney Rolls

61. cynthesizing food and fun - Braided Lemon Bread

62. Jessie Cooking Moments - Dried Longan Wholemeal Bread Rolls

63. girlichef - Easy Little Bread

64. Karens Kitchen Stories - *Poilane-Style Miche

65. Sweet and Thats it - Easy Little Bread

66. Chocolate & Chillies - Bran Enriched White Bread

67. Kitchen Flavours - *Light Wheat Bread

68. Cookingpleasure - Char Siew Sweet Buns

69. Bakers Corner - Pizza & Focaccia w/ sourdough starter

70. Cookingpleasure - Plain Flour Carrot Loaf [Straight Dough Method]

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