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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

What are some of your favorite recipes from there? I'm always looking for new recipes on blogs to try out! When one lives alone, baking the same thing twice is no fun although my co-workers may disagree....

Jul 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

I needed a quick dessert that could be eaten right away so I tried Bake or Break's Banana Bread Cobbler recipe. Delicious combo of fresh bananas, streusel and a cakey "bread" bottom layer. Tastes even better warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Jul 07, 2014
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Recipe adjustments for baking at high altitudes

Almost five months after my initial post. I have found out that when making cookies, quick breads and cakes things bake much faster (could be my oven) but I haven't needed to tweak any recipes.

Now I need some help troubleshooting recipes with yeast. A simple Google search says that recipes with yeast rise much faster and require less yeast at an altitude. However I have found that my breads barely rise at all whether is a dinner rolls recipe or a simple cinnamon roll dough.

I bought the same SAF Red Instant yeast that I had before and it is stored in the freezer. Any ideas why I can't replicate yeasted recipes using the same recipes and yeast as before? Can too much yeast hamper the rising of the dough?

Thanks for any input!

Jul 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

It is definitely very sweet, but I did like it. You can eat the cornbread portion without the crumb since its very sweet on its own. Definitely not a Southern version of cornbread!

Jun 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

Just made a Vanilla Cornmeal Crumb cake for breakfast....sweet corn bread and crumbs together sounds like a perfect pairing to me!

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/06/v...

Jun 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

That sucks! Guess I'm one of the lucky ones who had success with the recipe. Mine was definitely not gooey (though I love gooey chocolate baked goods!) and it baked in 30mins. Maybe the Denver altitude that has been messing my yeasted bread recipes helps in making cakes a bit drier, plus I did weigh all the ingredients for this cake though I don't always do so .

About the bitterness I love love dark and bitter chocolate but for those that don't I assume you can always try any recipe with maybe semi-sweet chocolate in place of the bittersweet chocolate.

Jun 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

I ran into your same issue, my closest store only sold Guittard so went with that since I wanted to make the cake! In the past I've used TJ's 72% Pound Plus for other recipes and have loved the end results plus its cheaper than some other brands while being of good quality.

For the cocoa I used dutch cocoa which is carried by my grocery store's in store label (Sprouts Farmer's market). Haven't run into any issues, but then again in the past I normally used Hershey's just cause of price and availability.

The cake did remind me of a flourless chocolate cake I made previously. It's dense but not chewy or fudgy like a brownie.

Hope it works out for you and would love to hear about your side by side Guittard vs Valhorna comparison!

Jun 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

Just made the french style chocolate cake recently posted on the Smitten Kitchen blog. Simple one layer yet that is decadent and satisfy my chocolate craving! Not sure if I want to share the cake with others haha!

Jun 19, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

I've already baked too many yeasted recipes that are sweet like cinnamon buns, monkey bread, etc....So I want the bread flour to try more traditional breads like baguettes, sandwich loaves and I bookmarked an oatmeal walnut bread!

It just seems that the sweeter breads normally ask for AP flour only but the traditional non-sweet breads have mostly bread flour mixed in with maybe AP or wheat flour. Let's hope they turn out alright since I can't blame the ingredients for any failures haha!

Jun 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

Was craving classic chocolate chip cookies but given as I always try to test a new recipe per week I found this toasted oatmeal choc chip cookie recipe on a blog and have to say they were very yummy! Seems lately everything I try has either oatmeal, chocolate, coconut or all three!

Jun 08, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Yes I saw!! Thanks for the initial heads up about the e-mail promos. Was so happy when the e-mail came =)

There were a couple of things from KAF besides flours that I had been eyeing for a long time so it all worked out!

Jun 07, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Wait do they offer them only to new members? I receive their e-mails and don't think I've seen a free shipping or shipping related discount in a long time.

The rewards program is pointless for me because even after paying $40 you need to order a minimum of $25 each time for the shipping to be free.

May 26, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Yeah i saw those but that's too steep of a price and too much flour for someone living solo!

I did find this one at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/White-Lily-Brea... but I'm not familiar with the brand so wasn't sure if to add this add on item to my next Amazon purchase or go the safe route with KAF.

May 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

Sure! I got the recipe from a blog,
http://noblepig.com/2009/02/my-boys-w...

May 26, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Any differences if using AP flour for bread? Not in terms of taste but with things like proofing time and kneading?

Baking cakes is something I am much more familiar with! Also given that I just moved to Denver and am at an altitude is hard to attempt breadmaking and figure out if the reason a recipe fails is because of the ingredients used, the altitude, or the baker's fault....

May 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

Coconut Lemon Loaf with a lemon glaze to continue my cravings for lemony treats!

May 26, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Great! Thanks for the recommendations!

Quick question, do you all faithfully stick to flours like KAF bread flour when a bread recipe calls for bread flour or can some of Bob's Red Mill or some other fancy organic flour sub for bread flour?

We have a bunch of organic or healthy brand flours (no such things as KAF, Gold Medar or Pillsbury) stocked in my nearest grocery but none were labeled as plainly bread flour (unless you count gluten free bread flour, yuck no thanks!). The stores that do sell KAF just have AP flour which I believe has too low of a protein content for bread recipes.

May 26, 2014
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Buying Flour Online

Anyone here buy flour online? I'm having a hard time of finding bread flour in my neighborhood stores and the groceries that do carry it are too far away in walking distance to were I live (plus those bags are heavy!).

I've been using Amazon to get a pretty cheap price on AP flour and its nice with Prime to get it in 2 days. However they don't have a wide variety of products and the KAF website wants me to pay $6 shipping for buying a $5 flour.

Any recommendations on online sellers of affordable and good quality flours would be greatly appreciated for this frustrated baker!

May 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May 2014 edition, part 1 [Through May 14, 2014]

ATK's Oatmeal Muffins...Interesting recipe, yet happy with the end results!

Apr 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

The recipe is from Cook's Country http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/5...

The glaze is basically maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard (which I omitted), and thyme. I opted to also add oregano also.

Apr 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Sadly I'm not really into healthier and veggie-friendly dinners. So to be somewhat healthier I made some maple glazed boneless pork chops...Hey it beats eating fried foods or pasta!

Apr 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

Lemon Almond Bread...letting it cool for breakfast tomorrow (if I can wait that long!)

Apr 23, 2014
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How to store queso freso or any crumbled cheese?

Anyone have recommendations on how to store queso fresco? I need to crumble some for arepas but don't need all of it and would like to remake the recipe at another time.

Is it better to store the remainder as crumbled or uncrumbled cheese? And how to store, frdige vs freezer?

Also if I'm filling arepas with this cheese, would you freeze uncooked arepas filled or unfilled?

Thanks for the help!

Apr 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I made some 100% whole wheat bread dinner rolls. While they came out right, maybe I'm just not meant to eat "healthier bread". Ended up dousing the rolls in Nutella before eating them!

Mar 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Thanks of all your input I made Mark Bittman's blondies for a work potluck. Made two variations, a chocolate chunk coconut once to satisfy the sweet toothed people and an almond oat version for everyone else. Lets hope they store well until I take them in on Tuesday!

Mar 23, 2014
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Bars/Squares Ideas

Both good ideas! Thanks for the suggestions and recipe!

Mar 19, 2014
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Bars/Squares Ideas

Thanks Ttrockwood for the add ins amounts!

Mar 19, 2014
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Achiote - substitute?

Having lived in Florida for a long time I used to find seasoning mixes in the Latin aisle that included achiote. That way I could get my yellow rice AND additional flavoring from other spices.

Plus it beats buying each spice individually as that can get pricy if its only for one recipe. Never tried annatto on its own so no idea what it adds to the recipe, but fresh annatto seeds sounds better than buying the spice.

Mar 18, 2014
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Achiote - substitute?

For Hispanic foods, achiote or annato are used for its yellow coloring, but i would only omit them if you definitely have other spices in your recipe.

Most of my recipes that ask for achiote normally have a bunch of other spices and therefore omitting achiote should be no big deal (unless you are making yellow rice! Haha in my head if its not yellow it doesn't taste the same!)

Mar 18, 2014
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Bars/Squares Ideas

Do you have a link to his original recipe? Found Smitten Kitchen's version and she lists some variations but was wondering how much shredded coconut to use so that there is a coconut flavor without making the blondies too moist?

I like the idea of coconut, chocolate and maybe nuts but don't want to overdo the add-ins!

Mar 18, 2014
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