Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BBD#61: Stuffed Breads

Once again it's time for my monthly post, and, of course, it's to celebrate Bread Baking Day, started by Zorra several years ago.  

Our hostess this month is Anusha of Tomato Blues.  She selected Stuffed Breads as the challenge for Bread Baking Day #61.

One of my projects this month was working on a new edition of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François.  (Due out in October -- preorders taken any time at Amazon).

I used one of the recipes from this cookbook:  Fougasse Stuffed with Roasted Red Peppers.  I chose the Light Whole Wheat dough and used jarred roasted red peppers from Trader Joes.  Easy to make and very delicious.

There is still dough leftover, so today I made a few pitas for dinner.  I'll probably use the remaining dough in the same way, because I love watching the pitas rise in the hot oven as they bake.

  Be sure and stop by Anusha's blog in a few days to see more stuffed breads.

Monday, July 1, 2013

BBD#60: Glazed Breads for BBD's Sixth Anniversary!!

To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Bread Baking Day, Zorra, the founder and June hostess, called for everyone to bake a glazed bread.

I searched all of my cookbooks and finally found just the right recipe -- Cinnamon-Orange Twists with an Orange Glaze, actually a combination of several recipes

Of course, I waited until the hottest day of the summer to make them.  I did start early in the morning, however, so the oven would be off during the worst of the heat in the afternoon.   

The dough, itself, was made in the bread machine, then removed, shaped, and baked.  While I made just a simple twist, you could stuff them with nuts, toasted coconut, cinnamon sugar, or some other mixture.

Finally, when they were slightly warm to the touch, I drizzled them with an Orange Glaze.

The twists are a nice treat for breakfast or snacks.

I'll be looking forward to the BBD challenges during the remaining six months of 2013.  In a few days, we'll also be able to see what the other bread bakers made to celebrated this special anniversay.

Orange Cinnamon Dough

(Adapted from BHG Best Bread Machine Recipes)

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
3 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon active dry yeast

Mix all ingredients in the bread machine according to the manufacturer's directions.  Use the manual cycle.  Remove dough and shape as desired when ready.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15-18 minutes.

Orange Glaze

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and enough orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

Glaze the twists when they are barely warm to the touch.