29 September 2010

No-knead bread

I could not sing enough praise for this wonderful, versatile bread recipe. It truly changed the way I make bread. Bread making becomes so easy and accessible. This recipe is from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, a wonderful book by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. You can find the recipes online too. The recipes is so easy. Mix. Proof. Shape. Rise. Bake. Notice I did not say anything about kneading. This is the world's most amazing no-knead bread recipe. I adapted the Master Boule recipe by using my favorite grains and nuts for this wholesome bread.



Shape and Proof




11 September 2010

Eid Mubarak

What a coincidence, speaking of cupcakes (in reference to Georgia's post), in celebration for Eidil Fitri (end of the fasting month of Ramadan) this year (which was yesterday), I made two types of cupcakes--both recipes from Ina Garten: Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They were both excellent --the carrot cupcakes, in particular, was very popular with our guests ('tis the frosting!). I also made madeleines (recipe from Joy of Baking) and two types of cookies. The cookie recipes--lemon poppy seed and peanut butter, chocolate and cinnamon cookies-- were from a Martha Stewart cookbook. It was fun baking and having family and friends enjoy the goodies.
(sorry, I forgot to take pictures...but you can imagine them luscious and delicious!)
Eid Mubarak (Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri)!

09 September 2010

Chocolate stuffed vanilla cupcake

I baked four cupcakes yesterday, one of which was not stuffed.  The plain cupcake was for Robert; his pediatrician said he can now eat anything except nuts and honey.  I used this vanilla pound cake recipe halving everything except the sugar (Hawaiian sugar in the raw) which I quartered and doubling the amount of vanilla extract.  I used white whole wheat flour and organic milk and eggs.  Robert enjoyed his first cupcake!