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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I tried the ciabatta recipe from King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion. It came out ok, it tastes good, but the dough spread more than I would have liked during the final rise, and the final product was pretty flat.

Oct 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I've always been partial to oatmeal cookies, they freeze well too.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I made David Lebovitz's fresh ginger cake, except I had less molasses than I thought, and ended up substituting about a quarter cup of honey. I don't know if it effected the taste or texture since I've never made it before, but my husband really loved it. And it smells really lovely when you lift the cake dome (a.k.a. upturned giant bowl) up off the plate. I'm looking forward to having a slice tonight to see if the flavor really does improve after a day.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

How did the pan pizza turn out? I've been wanting to try that, in fact I have pizza dough in my fridge just waiting to be used for that purpose.

Oct 14, 2014
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Cakes from the Walter Mitty Movie...

Daquoise cakes are made with ground nuts instead of flour. Jaconde is mostly nuts with some flour.

Oct 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I'm back at my perfect baguette project, so I made two baguettes and an epi. They came out very well, not perfect though. I did notice at the book store the other day when I was browsing through the cook books that someone has written a book about their quest for the perfect baguette, so I'll probably be checking that out of the library soon.

Oct 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

That's funny, kringle is the Danish world for pretzel.

Oct 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Are those pine nuts on top of the cake?

Oct 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Pictures of the almond puff loaf, the raspberry jam makes it look a bit like a pizza. The part in the middle where the jam kind of squashes down the pastry tastes almost like pastry cream. I would leave off the icing next time, it's really not necessary with the jam.

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Kringle? Is it shaped like a pretzel?

Oct 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

It came out so good! I used a raspberry jam that a friend of mine made, and it went really well with the almond. The almond flavored choux was may favorite part, but it really just all went so well together, the crust was crisp and buttery and that contrasted well with the soft pastry.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I'm making a recipe that intrigued me from King Arthur Flour, it's called Almond Puff Loaf, and it consists of a pie dough base covered in almond flavored choux pastry. When it's done baking you cover it in jam, sliced almonds, and icing. I mostly followed the recipe, except I made it in a circle shape, and I tried to get fancy and pipe on the choux to give it a Schnecke look. So far it's not terribly beautious, but hopefully it look better decorated and that it tastes good too.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Oof, that sounds awful, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you for a permanent alternative!

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Did the instant oats work out ok?

Oct 03, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I'll compete with you over coldest kitchen/whole house. Last year we hosted Christmas eve dinner at our house,and knowing that it's a bit chilly, I left the butter for the bread out on the counter all day so it would be soft enough to spread, at 5:30 or so when we ate, still rock hard. there was no spreading of butter.

Sometimes in the winter I think my bread dough rises faster in the refrigerator than it does on the counter.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

That is lovely

Oct 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

It was a very good pecan sour cream coffee cake from Cook's Country, which is my husband's favorite baked good, so the cake will probably only last until tomorrow.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I used the wilton cake release. I was worried about sticking so I sprayed the pan pretty heavily and the cake slid out without any problems, I might try less spray next time.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

It's made by Nordicware, I bought it through King Arthur Flour

Oct 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I got a spiffy new bundt pan to start off the month.

Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

Yeah, I was lucky I didn't blind myself or something that second time.

Sep 26, 2014
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Worst Cooking Disaster Thread

I managed to burn myself pretty badly with boiling pasta water, twice. The first time I was a teenager, I drained the pasta towards me, some how a lot of the water splashed up and onto my torso, I had big bubbly looking scars for a long time. The second time I was 25 or 26 and adding a spoonful of pasta water to sauce, some of the water hit my wrist and my hand (holding a big spoon full of boiling water) jerked upwards, scalding my face. This was right before going to an Easter dinner with my now husband's family for the first time, so I had a Veronica Lake type hair style to cover up the right side of my face.

Sep 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I'm making individual apple crisps for dessert tonight, no real recipe, just kind of winging it.

Sep 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Welcome to the board! Don't worry too much about decorating. I make a good cake, but my decorating philosophy consists of covering the frosting with nuts or cake crumbs to hide the poor frosting job. It's the taste that matters most in the end, as long as it's not a gloopy disaster :-)

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Well that's good to hear :-)

Sep 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

You're going to think my choices of things to bake are really boring, but more bread from the freezer for a dinner party we're going to tonight. I tried baking it in the dutch ovenx it seems like the crust is really crispy, but it's also weirdly pale for the amount of time I baked it. Really good oven speing though.

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Back in July when it was too hot bake anything, especially bread, I made a lot of sourdough bread dough, wrapped them up really well, and froze them. The first one I'm going to bake is rising over night in my frige, and I'm going to bake it tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I'll have a lot of bread to give away if it turns out well.

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I know Yorkside. My family has deep New Haven roots, ever since the days when someone decided it was a good idea to illegally form a separate colony from Connecticut.

Sep 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

That cake is adorable, and you know the most exciting people. How's your son enjoying New Haven? Has he decided which pizza place is his favorite yet?

Sep 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Oh, sorry about that, the french apple cake from Around my French Table.