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Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Hee! YOU are so right! I guess the "no rise" was in my head from mamaborne's challenges!

about 21 hours ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

KitchenAids rock!

Granted I have a heavy duty one but it happily kneads double recipes of challah and pizza dough on a regular basis.

You just need (no pun intended) a dough hook.

1 day ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Agree!

1 day ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I have a gas oven where the pilot light is always on. That keeps the temp at about 80/90 degrees. Perfect for proofing bread!

I don't think the temp in your kitchen is a problem : )

2 days ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Chowrins advice is excellent.

I'll also advise you to try something completely different - do a whole wheat no rise bread. This way you don't have to knead at all, time is what lets your gluten develop.

Here's two recipes, one from the NYT. And wine where you do have to add gluten, but the step by step pics are amazing.

Good luck!

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...
http://www.instructables.com/id/100-W...

2 days ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Wow, all that work and still no good bread?

I am sorry that happened!

I would say it's possible you are killing your yeast if it didn't rise - do you proof your yeast in the water and wait for it to bloom before mixing it in? That way you KNOW you are dealing with living yeasticles : ) (Can't remember if you listed that or not.)

P.S. If I do not have a warm kitchen or don't use my gas oven to "proof" it takes way more than 45 minutes to rise. A couple hours, each rise, generally.

Oct 19, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Prices for Butter?

I love the sausages at Schreiners, I never thought too look at their bacon!

Oct 14, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Prices for Butter?

Oh yes. It's bounced up.

Costco 4 pack (4 pounds) around $12. Used to get it for between $8 and $10.

Oct 14, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Salvaging gross breaded fish

Interesting thought!

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Yes, the tires and the tire service - fabulous.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Their glasses are awesome!

Great price and, the gal who works in the optical department has been so so helpful in choosing the right frames for my husband. It's a fantastic resource!

And yes, he nabs the free lens cleaner as well : )

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Chains

Salvaging gross breaded fish

I'd say thaw, then scrape. If there are still bits, rinse and pat dry.

If you cook it, it will just become more attached and harder to remove.

Good luck!

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

It's a great recipe and used to be my go to loaf. Now, it's mostly the Kitchenaid oatmeal one, for taste and speed.

As for white flour? Indeed her lightest version is 50% white flour. But if you get her cookbook out from the library, she has different version sand you can do one with all whole wheat flour. It takes more yeast and salt, but it is doable.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Found it!

Huge thanks to Erins Backyard Farm, she already had it posted with excellent instructions. I've made it both by hand and in a food processor, and if you have a mixer with a dough hook, that would work too.

http://erinsbackyardfarm.wordpress.co...

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Not it is not that one at all!

I will see if I can find it online, it is a keeper.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I knead the first rise for gluten, knead the second rise for shaping.

White whol wheat gluten content is WAY different than whole wheat, lower overall. Which is great for biscuits and pie dough - AWFUL for bread.

Again I say - check out the Molly Katzen/Enchnated broccoli forest recipe. I had tried so so many, none are light - until hers. She starts with a biga (a starter) which gives flavor and body, and then does two more risings.

Awesome stuff!

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

Ooooh......

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Whole wheat flour is tricky to get light in a loaf.

I have tried many many recipes and the best is Mollie Katzen's from Enchanted Broccoli Forest. It WORKS.

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Cuz it makes you feel safe and happy.

It might not be the reality of same. But it feels that way : )

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Canned evaporated milk as well - really handy!

Mr Taster trip report - WEXLER'S (smoked fish edition)

Wienermobile -

Thanks for the pic of the smoked fish platter!

I have cousins born and raised in NYC, now living elsewhere, visiting in March. Thanks to you, Mr. Taster and this board, we are now planning to go to Wexlers and get the smoked fish platter with an extra bagel and a corned beef sandwich - then share it all.

They often hit Russ & Daughters when they are back in NYC, but have nothing like that in their current town, so this will be great and hopefully tasty fun!

Oct 09, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

I ADORE Harold McGee and will say that, I don't think Alton Brown has ever claimed to be as smart or as good as him. What Alton has said, in interviews, is that he can teach food on TV.

Plus for many years, Alton had Shirley Corriher on to explain big science stuff, and she worked with Harold McGee for many years and remains a fan of McGee's to this day.

Reality distortion field: off. Prepacked sushi is actually a rip off right?

Ooohhh... That is GREAT to know!

Thank you!

Oct 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

The Myth of the Secret Recipe

Aw thanks. It was!

Oct 06, 2014
happybaker in Features

The Myth of the Secret Recipe

I disagree that it is not magic.

My mother had many recipes that were simple BUT - you had to do things by look and by feel. Measurement was not enough.

And from 5 simple ingredients she could make things that people begged for.

If that's not magic, what is?

Oct 04, 2014
happybaker in Features
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Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Mr. Taster -

Ah, that is my Super King. Fabulous and packed indeed.

Happily the weekends aren't AS bad as they used to be, thanks to the "new" one in Alta Dena. If you have to go on the weekend, go after 4pm and it is much calmer.

Oct 02, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

I like Galleria market on Olympic in K-Town. It's a member of the HK Market family but their higher end. Fun prepared foods ready to go. Plus there's a great restaurant supply store and equipment store one floor below it!

For great produce, baked goods, deli and chaos, I rec. Super King Markets. It's a chain, so you may be able to find one close to where you are staying. Their canned beans section is such fun, and they have what I call "Hummus helper." Pureed chickpeas and tahini in a can, all you do is add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper when you want to eat it.

Odessa Market in North Hollywood (and one on Santa Monica in west hollywood I believe) has a killer poppyseed filled bread. So so good.

Enjoy you wander, hitting different groceries is one of my fav things when I travel to a new town.

Oct 02, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Vollrath Nonstick Griddle vs Consumer Name-Brand Pan?

Those are GORGOUS griddles!

Oct 02, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

Vollrath Nonstick Griddle vs Consumer Name-Brand Pan?

I have a problem paying over $100 for non-stick pans as they will die. So even at $65, I'd still say no.

My griddle (and I saw your pancake post) is a cast aluminum double griddle made in wisconsin. Wisconsin Foundry, I think? Which is the commercial division of Chefs Choice, which many folks raved about.

The good news? It's AWESOME. I love it and use it often. My mom bought it used, it's probably 20 - 30 years old minimum and shows no sign of wear.

The bad news? You can't get the cast aluminum griddles without the coating anymore from what I can tell. But heck, if and when the coating wears off, you'll have the griddle I have, which I spray with cooking spray or brush with oil and all is well. It cooks steaks, pancakes and french toast perfectly.

The heavy lodge griddles are great, but I'd only buy one if a) you could get it pre seasoned and B) you have tons of upper body strength!

Happy cooking and post back with what you end up doing!

Oct 01, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

Joan Nathan's Plov recipe in today's NYT

Thank you for your report!

Sep 30, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking