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Okay, here’s my second try to make Something Like English Granary-Style Bread … or more accurately, Dark Malt Oat Meal Granary-Style Bread, right? 🙂

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So, our kind neighbor gave us some fat bananas the other day … really fat bananas!

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Here they are next to a Pyrex measuring cup to show off their size. Have you ever seen such fat bananas before?

Anyway, we’ve been wanting to eat banana bread, so I took this opportunity to bake some using these bananas.

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So, I tried to make English Granary-Style Bread (follow the link to see the recipe at Artisan Bread In Five Minutes a Day), but I couldn’t find malted wheat flakes. So, I decided to substitute that with oatmeal instead. And I’d used coarse whole meal instead of whole wheat flour for some extra crunch :-). Read the rest of this entry »

This is my favorite, basic recipe for no-fuss whole roasted chicken, which I’d adapted from a few roast turkey recipes … yeah, that’s not a typo … it is indeed based on roast turkey recipes. 🙂

I call it basic as the chicken is simply seasoned with salt & pepper. What makes this a great recipe is that it is very versatile … to shake things up, you can use any seasoning or marinade you’d want instead of just salt & pepper. If using a marinade and you want the meat to soak up the flavors of the marinade, let the chicken marinate in the fridge overnight. Read the rest of this entry »

My significant other & our daughter wanted me to make them some cookies. So, I took out my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (one of my favorite go-to cookbooks for recipes) and my daughter & I tried our hands at making Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Not too bad for a first try, eh? My daughter couldn’t resist nibbling away on these chocolatey munchies even after a full dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

And here’re pictures of the first loaf I’d made with the bread flour … it had a really nice oven spring …

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And delicious with a lovely hole structure …

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Cheers!
Aldrin

Just got a hold of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour, which I’d just used to make a half-batch of BreadIn5 stored dough … I’ve made the dough so many times without referring to the recipe book. Like the authors said, just follow the 6-3-3-13 rule, which makes a double portion of stored dough (enough for about 8 1-lb loaves. Read the rest of this entry »

So, as promised, here’s my journey making Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day … it all started after I’d discovered a cool site for tips & tricks meant to make my life easier: Lifehacker.com … but that’s a story for another day.

Surfing from Lifehacker.com sometime near the end of March 2012, I read the Mother Earth News article about the great technique that promises less than 5 minutes to make a loaf of fresh home-made bread-y goodness. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy belated May Day / Labor Day! Went to see the new movie, Marvel’s The Avengers … It was great fun! Liked the storyline and there were lots of action. Need a few more superheroes, though.

For May Day breakfast, had wanted to bake some lovely ham and cheese buns for my wife & kid … Will post the results later.

And yes, I know this 2nd post was supposed to be about my journey towards Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day … will post that later … promise! 🙂