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The Baking Thread

Post by GaryInVA » Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:22 pm

Any other bakers out there. Last night I made some Ale Dinner Rolls using a German pilsner instead of ale. Turned out really good. Used a Paul Hollywood recipe
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by sweetandsour » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:17 pm

I bake frequently. Our local stores are just recently stocking yeast again, but the beer bread sounds good, I'll have to look it up.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by JimVH » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:47 pm

I make beer bread, biscuits, cookies, and cakes pretty well, but bad things tend to happen when I try and use yeast.

I’m from a long line of gifted bread makers, but I didn’t get that gene.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by vwdeano » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:56 pm

I "could" be considered a baker... My preference is to bake biscotti, which are blessedly simple, and homemade fruitcake...

mmmmm, fruitcake...
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by hugodrax » Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:24 pm

vwdeano wrote: I "could" be considered a baker... My preference is to bake biscotti, which are blessedly simple, and homemade fruitcake...

mmmmm, fruitcake...
Homemade fruitcake?

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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by sweetandsour » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:16 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:24 pm
vwdeano wrote: I "could" be considered a baker... My preference is to bake biscotti, which are blessedly simple, and homemade fruitcake...

mmmmm, fruitcake...
Homemade fruitcake?

PM for address! :lol:
Did I send you a fruitcake last Christmas? Let me know - if you enjoyed it I'll send another this year.

VWD, what's your biscotti recipe?
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by vwdeano » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:11 pm

Taken from a magazine years ago-Almond biscotti

2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsps. pure almond extract
1 1/3 cups (5 ounces) slivered blanched almonds, toasted (toast on baking sheet 10 minutes at 350; cool before using)

Preheat the oven to 350 with rack in center. Line a baking sheet with foil (grease foil with butter or vegetable shortening). Set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.

Place eggs and sugar in large mixing bowl and, with mixer on high, beat until fluffy and light, about 2 minutes. add the vegetable oil and almond extract, and beat until the oil is incorporated and the mixture is thick and smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture (I add it a bit at a time). The dough will be quite thick. Add the nuts (I hit mine briefly in the chopper until they are as fine as I like), you may need to knead them in with your fingers if the dough is really thick(my mixer can usually handle it).

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Flour your fingers and divide the dough in half. Transfer one portion of the dough to one long side of the prepared baking sheet and mold it into a smooth log about 14 inches long. Repeat the process with the second piece of dough, and place it at least 2 inches away from the first log (mine are usually not quite this long, but they do spread out a bit).

Bake for 30 minutes, until light golden brown and slightly puffed. remove from the oven, but do not turn off the oven. Wait 10 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, carefully cut the logs in 3/4 inch slices on a slight diagonal. Careful, as the foil may either tear or you'll scratch your pan if you're "overeager". Arrange the slices, standing upright, on the sheet, leaving space between them. Return to the oven and bake 10 more minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you don't "overbeat" these, they'll be much more tender than some of the rocks that I usually get for biscotti. I love them. I've gotten most of the family and neighbors hooked, too, LOL.

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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by hugodrax » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:46 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:16 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:24 pm
vwdeano wrote: I "could" be considered a baker... My preference is to bake biscotti, which are blessedly simple, and homemade fruitcake...

mmmmm, fruitcake...
Homemade fruitcake?

PM for address! :lol:
Did I send you a fruitcake last Christmas? Let me know - if you enjoyed it I'll send another this year.

VWD, what's your biscotti recipe?
Nobody has sent me a fruitcake since my great grandmother died in 1996.

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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by gaining_age » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:50 pm

This thread has potential...

I bake cookies, home made pies, cinnamon rolls (ooh, hadn't done that one in a while-- but a 5 hour effort) and biscuits.

I haven't done much on breads... I'd like to develop a favorite roll recipe.

Then rolls for sweet rolls, monkey bread, dinner rolls, orange/lemon rolls, runzits, etc.

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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by Jake » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:17 pm

vwdeano wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:11 pm

If you don't "overbeat" these, they'll be much more tender than some of the rocks that I usually get for biscotti. I love them. I've gotten most of the family and neighbors hooked, too, LOL.

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I have copied your recipe. Thanks! Cool weather in our forecast for next week, so it'll be a good time to try it out.
I have a recipe for chocolate biscotti that I have not made in several years; I recall it being a lot of work - easy, but time consuming. It was so good I sent it out in Christmas packages, and the response was like, "More, please!" You can't beat homemade biscotti.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by Jake » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:27 pm

gaining_age wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:50 pm
... I'd like to develop a favorite roll recipe.
Betty Crocker has always been my go-to recipe for dinner rolls, up until recently.

I have a fairly new recipe that I like really well. It's called "40-minute hamburger buns": https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/40- ... ger-buns/
It truly does take 40 minutes start-to-finish, and we like them as burger/sandwich buns or as rolls, or shaped long for hot dogs.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by Jake » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:29 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:17 pm
Our local stores are just recently stocking yeast again...
My mom recently informed me that yeast will keep indefinitely in the freezer. I have stocked up! :D
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by hugodrax » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:38 pm

Jake wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:29 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:17 pm
Our local stores are just recently stocking yeast again...
My mom recently informed me that yeast will keep indefinitely in the freezer. I have stocked up! :D
Yeastie-beasties are rather miraculous. One of the unsung proofs of God's creation.

Proofs. :D I crack myself up.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by Jake » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:21 am

hugodrax wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:38 pm
Jake wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:29 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:17 pm
Our local stores are just recently stocking yeast again...
My mom recently informed me that yeast will keep indefinitely in the freezer. I have stocked up! :D
Yeastie-beasties are rather miraculous. One of the unsung proofs of God's creation.

Proofs. :D I crack myself up.
:lol:
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by GaryInVA » Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:59 am

I am going to attempt Chelsea buns this weekend if I can find the ingredients.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:06 am

I plan to make biscotti this weekend.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by vwdeano » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:18 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:06 am
I plan to make biscotti this weekend.
I think I likely will, too! I've got monday off, and TOOK tuesday and wednesday off. Life is good.

for my other baking "stuff", I pull dandy old recipes from the 40s/50s pillsbury bake off cookbooks. I've got several and they have some dandy recipes. they have a walnut pie recipe not unlike a pecan pie, but you can also substitute salty cocktail peanuts. oh man. salty sweet goodness.
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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by GaryInVA » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:38 am

One of the recipes I was looking at for Chelsea buns and it called for golden castor sugar. Looked up to where to order online and oh my goodness, $$$.
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But it is easier for a Lifted Ford to pass under the beam of a parking garage than it is for a Dodge Ram driver to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Y'all crazy

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Post by hugodrax » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:35 am

Need I remind you gentleman that this is a forum for tobacco pipe smoking?

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Re: The Baking Thread

Post by gaining_age » Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:14 pm

Jake wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:27 pm
gaining_age wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:50 pm
... I'd like to develop a favorite roll recipe.
Betty Crocker has always been my go-to recipe for dinner rolls, up until recently.

I have a fairly new recipe that I like really well. It's called "40-minute hamburger buns": https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/40- ... ger-buns/
It truly does take 40 minutes start-to-finish, and we like them as burger/sandwich buns or as rolls, or shaped long for hot dogs.
Regardless of Hugo's note....


I made this today with some not from recipe/scratch butternut/acorn squash soup.

The rolls turned out very, very well. I may consider adding a little butter on top next time as they bake. I'm not sure they would wholly hold up for actual bun usage but are great with the soup (and a touch of healthy margarine spread across the roll halves).
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