Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Rolls--knotted, roll, and bird rolls

This recipe for Pumpkin Knotted Rolls was chosen by Phyl of the Artisan Bread Bakers Group.  I did make a change to the recipe--I used water instead of milk.

"Dough gone wild!"  I left the house to do something, and came back about an hour after I should have.  This dough really rose:

Different shapes, different toppings:

Instead of just round or knotted rolls, I thought I'd try several shapes.  This sheet has  knotted rolls and bird rolls.  The bird rolls are simply knotted rolls that don't have the ends turned under.  I added currants for the eyes and pumpkin seeds for the beaks.

The next pan contains round rolls, shaped like a mini boule, and single braid rolls:

More bird rolls, so I can practice.  Each roll is 3 ounces of dough.

The finished products:

I put cinnamon and sugar on top of the egg wash for the birds on the left.  The rest had sesame seeds and/or pumpkin seeds.  We will have quite a taste testing!

We had a roll that was topped with sesame and pumpkin seeds for dinner.  It had a nice texture and crumb:

The rolls were slightly sweet, but still very good with our creamy mushroom-dill soup.
We can't wait to try the sweet bird rolls!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will leave a comment.  What are your favorite fall rolls?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Raisin Challah

I did 2 batches of raisin challah dough. I made turban breads, and turned some of the twists into pastry:

First, I made a long "snake" with a "head" at the end.  Holding the snake in my left hand, I wrapped the snake around the head to make a turban.
I bought this Wilton extra large spatula to help me move my breads easier, but found my hands worked better.

Before rising, and on the Silpat:

After rising

Another method of making the turban.  First, make a braid.

Then, wrap the braid into a round loaf.

 Doesn't that braided loaf bake up beautifully?

With the rest of the raisin challah dough, I made "breakfast pastry."  I put almond icing on top, and almonds.  Really yummy, we ate one.  Some have been given as gifts, and I still have some in case we need a gift.  Good thing they are in the outside freezer, or they would be tough to resist.

Well, I've been really busy with the baking, but slow to blog.  Thanks for everyone's help and encouragement!


Sourdough Breads

I did some experimenting with several sourdough breads.  Before starting this group, I was afraid of starters.  My fears have subsided considerably.  Starters can help bring out the flavor of the grain even better.  The taste is more complex, and the taste of any yeast fades into the background.

"Clay's Multigrain Sourdough Sandwich Bread"

I started off with a King Arthur Recipe for a multigrain bread.  You can find the recipe on their website.

I have a lot of gluten free flours from our group's trials with gluten free baking.  I thought this would be great for using up some of the flours:

 The dough was mixed in my mixer. 
Those black spots are the poppy seeds.   I realize now that I forgot to take a picture of the finished loaf.  This made a nice 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf.  I mixed up my own flour mix, so I don't know how their Harvest Grain mixture worked.  I used poppy seed and sunflower seeds for that. 

Soudough Rye Breads

Although I love our AB5 Deli Rye Bread, I wanted to give a NY Deli type starter rye bread a try. I have been looking a several recipes and finally gave one a try.

The picture shown had a cross-hatch design, so I tried that with my razor.

We just loved this bread!  It was hearty.  The taste seemed to improve over the next few days.  My hubby kept asking for more bread to go with his soup or dinner.  Although the loaves were large for 2 people, ours went quickly.  The other one was given to a friend, who said she would enjoy with a group.

100% Rye Sourdough
A health-oriented customer asked me to make him a rye bread with rye starter.  It didn't contain any yeast, just rye flour.  This sounded like an interesting bread, without much extra work. 

The starter took 3 days to form fully.    It didn't need feeding.

It was dissappointing, however, to see how loose the dough was:

Therefore, instead of making free form loaves, I made breads in loaf pans.

Truly rustic!!!  The customer liked them, although he said that it was a bit gummy in the center.  I can't figure that out, because the bread measured 200 degrees when I took them out.  Maybe I'll use some yeast next time, so they won't be so dense.

Thanks for all the help of the wonderful HBin5 group, especially Michelle.  I have truly grown as a baker, and I thank all of you for your support!