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Boston Market Cornbread. Fantastic French Toast Starts with Homemade Buttermilk Bread . . . Some things in life are debatable and always will be--politics, religion, how the Detroit Tigers will do in the upcoming season (anyone's guess, yet our affection for them never wanes), but one thing is certain: If you want really good French toast, you have to start with fantastic bread.

Fantastic French Toast Starts with Homemade Buttermilk Bread . . .

There's a lot to be said for a day-old loaf of this homemade buttermilk bread. Though it doesn't retain the just-baked enchantment that it had yesterday, its magic has evolved and matured. Russian Tea Cakes. 166 My mother was a good cook who served up a variety of delicious dinners for her four little kidlets.

Russian Tea Cakes

And I didn’t think about it at the time - but as good as she was at cooking, she could not – or did not- bake. So obviously we didn’t eat a lot of homemade, sweet goodies. And now that I’m an avid baker and adore the aroma and taste of all things sweet and baked – I now know what I missed. Brown Butter Soda Bread. Brown Butter Soda Bread with Honey- Cinnamon Butter My Mother-in-Law apparently makes the best Irish Soda Bread.

Brown Butter Soda Bread

My son Brooks spends weekends sometimes with his grandparents and comes home raving about his Grammy’s homemade bread. Wouldn’t you think he’d like Mom-the-Recipe-Girl’s recipes for soda bread the best? Nope- Grammy has always had his heart won on hers. Sweet or Savory: How Do You Like Your Irish Soda Bread? It almost seems wrong pitting one type of recipe against another, but we realize that individual preferences can be quite strong when it comes to Irish soda bread.

Sweet or Savory: How Do You Like Your Irish Soda Bread?

Did you grow up on the sweet Irish-American version? Are you a purist who sticks with flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk? Or do you like to experiment with a few modern twists? Last year, Susie shared her mother's recipe for a sweet soda bread filled with golden raisins and caraway seeds, dusted with sugar. Irish Soda Bread. Over the past few years, I’ve watched Mike bake loaf after loaf of perfect Irish soda bread.

Irish Soda Bread

As soon as he pulled it from the oven, we’d tear off chunks and slather them with butter or jam, burning our hands and tongues because the bread was still steaming. I was happy to have him bake it, but eventually I wanted to try it for myself. I’ve worked in a bakery and made dozens of different yeast and quick breads, so I figured I would have no problem with this.

After all, it’s just flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. No proofing yeast, punching down, complicated braiding, egg wash, or anything that would strike fear in the heart of a novice baker. There was my first disastrous attempt, when I offered to make two loaves for Thanksgiving and the texture was all wrong. When I decided to try yet again to make an edible loaf the other night, I had my usual hesitation. When I pulled the loaf from the oven, I started to think that this was my time. Irish Soda Bread. I avoid the Irish soda bread trend every Saint Patrick’s Day. Partly because I’m a party pooper and only do themed posts for the super important holidays but mostly because every other food blogger has a post about soda bread going up about this time. Plus bread with raisins? That doesn’t even have yeast? Not my thing. Irish soda bread scones.

Let’s just get this out of the way from the get-go — don’t let the title fool you.

irish soda bread scones

This here is American soda bread. It has raisins. It has caraway seeds. It has butter, eggs and even some sugar. It stales quickly, but not nearly as quickly as the authentic stuff (almost entirely comprised of flour, baking soda and buttermilk) would. So now that we got what they are not out of the way, let’s talk about what they are: a triumph! Cook’s Illustrated Almost No Knead. A Clever Variation of an “Old” Theme My hat is off to for formulating a worthy variation to the now famous New York Times no knead recipe.

Cook’s Illustrated Almost No Knead

They call it their “Almost No Knead” bread since it involves a bit of light kneading, but another key step in the process is streamlined so overall their recipe is still a cinch to make. If you’re already familiar with the “traditional” no knead recipe, I think you will find the final results of this one significantly different in almost all respects. This crust has a nice crunch to it but is much thinner and easier to chew and the interior crumb is tighter (smaller holes) and softer. I wouldn’t classify this bread as “rustic” like I would the NYT version.

But what really sets this recipe apart is its flavor. In these videos I cover the Cooks Illustrated plain white flour and whole wheat flour versions. Bread Experience Blog. Steve's high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb bread. I've enjoyed baking bread for twenty years, and expected to really miss it when we started low-carbing in April 2003.

Steve's high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb bread

As soon as we got past the two-week "induction" phase, I started experimenting with ingredients, and after much trial and error, came up with the following, which tastes good, not at all like sawdust slices well: if you wish, you can slice it as thin as 1/3" without it falling apart contains no "weird" ingredients has about 9 g protein, 7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, and 3 g fat per normal-sized slice has a reasonable bread texture, albeit a little spongier than you're expecting, and did I mention, tastes good?

So here we go. The following makes 4 loaves, each a little under a pound and a half: I usually freeze one loaf's worth of dough for pizza, freeze one of the baked loaves, and eat the other two over the course of a week. Feel free to scale this down. Ingredients 4 cups water 1-4 Tbsp. honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc. Directions Last modified: Recipe Index. 47% Rye Bread September 21, 2008 70% Rye with Whole Wheat September 8, 2009 72% Whole Wheat Sandwich Rolls/Burger Buns June 8, 2010 98.4% Whole Grain Seeded Sourdough September 7, 2007 Ajo Blanco.

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The Minimalist - The Secret of Great Bread - Let Time Do the Work. Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven! (see post below for winner of the book giveaway!) Here is yet another way to get a fabulous crust on your bread without using any steam in the oven.

Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven! (see post below for winner of the book giveaway!)

I mentioned my very unsophisticated disposable lasagna pan as an option and now I present you with yet another ingenious idea. Baking bread in a Dutch oven was made popular by a Mark Bittman’s article in the New York Times about baker Jim Lahey. He introduced home bakers to a professional style bread that didn’t require a steam injected oven. All the iron-pot methods are based on the old European technique of baking inside a closed clay pot. Most people don’t have one of those, but enameled cast-iron pots are readily available– and they trap all of the internal moisture in the dough and that creates the steam you need to get a crisp and shiny crust.

As you can imagine, the only drawback to this method is that you are limited to a bread that is the shape of your Dutch oven. Preheat the pot with the lid on to 500°F for about 20 minutes. Slash the dough 1/4″ deep. No Knead Bread: so easy a 4-yr old can make it! Monday, September 10, 2007.