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English Muffin Bread

28 Oct

English muffins are funny things, aren’t they?

They’re not much to look at…

They’re so strange on the inside, all holy and such.

Who the heck cares what they look like; throw one in the toaster and you’re in heaven, right? Right.

This is why I decided I’d take it upon myself to make english muffins. The problem was that this genius didn’t really prepare herself for such an undertaking and I didn’t have the proper equipment: a fail before I could even begin. Some might say this was a bad thing. I, however, say it was a good thing. If I hadn’t failed at attempting english muffins, I would have never tried this bread.

I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while but just never got to it. Until now.

Well friends, after this came out of the oven….english muffins who?

This bread was such an easy bread to put together and the end result was so moist and flavourful. I’ll admit, I got a little excited. I’m still excited. Get off my back….carbs are worth getting excited about in my humble opinion.

You should definitely make this bread if you like english muffins.

You should definitely toast it and butter it and pop on a little jam or your topping of choice.

You should definitely shove enthusiastically into your face.

I’ll definitely be doing the same thing in the near future.

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Banana Matcha Bread

5 Oct

Is there such a thing as too many bananas? I’ve been eating so many bananas lately, I never have any leftover to go brown. When I want to make banana bread, I have to go to the reduced section at the grocery store and pick up some sad brown bananas. Did I mention I buy about a dozen bananas a week? Crazy right? It’s a good thing I live alone. I’d get pretty upset if anyone ate any of my bananas. I’m serious. It has happened before.

So anyway, I was truly craving banana bread. No surprise there…I go bananas for the stuff (ha….ha….). I always have some on hand in the freezer but I wanted to try something different. I have been wanting to try putting matcha in a baked item for ages. Why not now? I have been wanting to try this banana buttermilk bread recipe for months. Why not now?

Perfect. I love killing two birds with one stone.

Can we take a second and discuss matcha before I continue? Matcha is powdered green tea leaves, and supposedly much better to consume as it provides you with a more powerful caffeine kick as well as all those sneaky and elusive antioxidants. Experts say one cup can be equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea when it comes to antioxidant content. Unfortunately, the experts don’t mention that some, may find the taste unappetizing. No no…let me be more honest and rephrase that: a cup of matcha made me want to hurl. The taste just didn’t cut it for me. I could barely get through half.

I can see, however, how it would taste good with the addition of yummy things like milk and sugar.

This is why I figured banana bread is humble but sweet enough to make friends with matcha, and create something awesome.

It turns out, that I was right. The bread has a hint of green tea, and it’s really quite pleasant. If you’re still not convinced though, omit the matcha completely; the bread will still be a hit. Promise.

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Crab Apple Pizza

28 Sep

Would you like to know what I had for dinner the other night?

You probably don’t care either way. That’s ok. I’m going to tell you anyway. I had this bad boy of a pizza. It was so magical. The company was too: it was a product of a night spent with some good friends of mine. We had it with sausage AND steak. No messing around. AND tortilla chips with guacamole. This was a magical dinner. Did I mention how magical it was?

I took a piece of leftover pizza home with me and had it for dinner the following night with a fried egg on top. This made my tummy very happy.

I also took a leftover piece of pizza dough home with me. That’s where breakfast comes in.

I found some crab apples in my boot. (That’s another way of saying trunk, for those of you who are not up to date with british terms for vehicle parts) What on earth were these crab apples doing in my boot, you ask? Oh friends, it’s a long story. Let’s just leave it at the fact that I found them. Oh come on, like you haven’t stumbled upon a crab apple lying around in your boot before?

Obviously I had to do something with them. I put two and two together. This pizza just built itself basically.

First I grated the apples.

I popped on a few slices of this surface-ripened goat’s cheese I had lying around, no big deal.

Sprinkled some love on there with demerera sugar

Showered it with sunflower seeds

Dabbed it with a little butter

Shoved it in the oven and waited patiently.

Let me tell you, patience is not easy when the smell starts to creep out of the oven and into your nose. Nostrils, more specifically if we’re being technical today.

I barely got a photo of it.

It’s in my belly now.

Try not to be too jealous.

Recipe? What recipe? Make your own. Use the dough from here though. Now THAT is a recipe worth keeping. Forever.

Soft Pretzels!

14 Sep

This baking episode literally came out of nowhere. I was innocently just standing around in my kitchen, preparing my breakfast and simultaneously stalking a few blogs here and there. All of a sudden, BOOM. Pretzels. A recipe. On my computer screen. Right out of nowhere!

I read the recipe. Easy enough. I read the ingredients list. Check. I looked at the pictures. Oh sweet mother of all that is carb-y and salty and interestingly-shaped. The pretzels were officially on my to do list.

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No Knead Walnut Raisin Bread

11 Sep

If there’s one thing I do more than anything else at my job, it’s bread. I’m bread girl. Buns, baguettes, loaves, flatbreads, you name it, I make it. I’ve always got buns in the oven. It’s probably because my buns are irresistible. My bread’s pretty tasty too…

So…no doubt…I make my own bread at home…right?

Wrong.

I hardly ever do! Shame!

It’s not that I don’t WANT to…

It’s just that baking bread at home requires time, and effort, and equipment, that I just don’t have.

Usually I would run into two main problems; my oven not having enough moisture to develop a crisp crust, and my lack of time to let the bread rise properly.

Then I found this recipe. It’s a no knead method, meaning all I did was stir all the ingredients together and form a sticky dough, put it in a bowl, and let it sit for 18 hours.

Oh, and the walnut raisin combo with a hint of cinnamon? Genius. Magical.

KNEADLESS to say I’ll be making my own bread at home from now on. (Don’t roll your eyes, you loved that)

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Damson Plum Focaccia

9 Sep

I do stupid things….a lot.

Like forget gym clothes in my gym bag and pass out the next morning from the uh….smell.

Like eat too much broccoli and cauliflower because there was a sale at the grocery store, and bloat up like a balloon for a week.

Like convince myself that I can make it one more day without filling up gas…

I also do things like what I did this past Sunday.

Saturday I said to myself “Self, you should get to work early on Sunday morning and use the restaurant kitchen for a blog post because the lighting is better.”

“Great idea Fabi, I’ll do it!!!”

No. Stupid idea. Stupid.

Why on earth would I want to arrive any earlier than my 7:30 am shift, on a Sunday?

No, wait. Why on earth did I stay up until 1:30 am the night before?

Regardless of the stupid situation I got myself into, and regardless of the fact that I arrived at work at 5:45 am in the dark to make this….

I may have created something unimaginably delicious. Something SO good, I’m pretty sure nobody noticed the dark rings under my eyes.

Damson Plum Focaccia.

Have you ever heard of people putting grapes in their focaccia? I have, but never took an interest in making it happen myself. It was only when I was trying to figure out what to do with the pint of plums that I found on my doorstep the other night that I figured I could use the plums instead of the grapes.

Everyone loved it.

It kiiiinda tasted like the dessert pizza at Pizza Hut, except more savoury… not so sweet and not so….fast food-y. Beth said that focaccia is like the french fry of bread. It’s so true….this guy was so deliciously crisp around the edges, and oh my lord. Just the ultimate in goodness.

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Chocolate Spice Pull Apart Bread

25 May

I like bread. There. I said it.

Make me a sandwich, and I’ll probably want to hug you. And dessert afterwards? Let’s get married. Now, combine bread AND dessert together? Oh baby…

When I saw this recipe for a cinnamon pull apart bread, I almost peed.

I obviously made it immediately. The results? Wellll, I had a few problems, but it was amazing. Determined to achieve perfection, I made it again and made a few changes along the way….as usual.

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