The Convenience Of Refrigerator Bran Muffins
Most of us experience busy mornings. Baking for breakfast is just out of the question. But how would you like to have healthy, out-of-the-oven bran muffins for breakfast while investing little of your busiest time? With these Refrigerator Bran Muffins, you can have hot muffins in less time than it takes to stop by the bakery. And with all natural ingredients, bran, and whole wheat flour, you'll know that you are starting your day right.
With this recipe, you can save time and effort...
High Altitude Breads
Can you make bread and buns in the mountains?
We got a call from California this week, “I can make great bread in L.A. but at my cabin in Montana, it doesn’t turn out so well.”
We would like to help. This summer, you might find yourself at a cabin or in an RV high in the mountains. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy great bread.
Yeast products are not as sensitive to altitude as chemically leavened products. We have worked with yeasted breads at almost 11,000 feet in the Rockies. The trick...
How To Bake Multi grain Bread
A quick perusal of your baker’s shelves will tell you how popular multi-grain bread is. But it’s not hard to bake—you can make your own. You can use any recipe and add the cracked grain mixture though traditionally, a whole wheat recipe is used. The following instructions and recipe will tell you how.
With most cereal mixes, 1/3 cup to 6 tablespoons of cereal per loaf is about the right ratio. If you want soft cereal bits in your bread, soak the cereal for an hour in hot water before...
Getting Your Bread To Rise For Light Airy Loaves
Homemade bread shouldn’t be dense. You can make light airy loaves that are every bit as good as the bread from the local bakery. The secret is in using quality ingredients and getting your bread to rise properly. In this article, we’ll examine the factors that make your bread rise.
There are five important factors that make the difference between light, airy bread and a dense flop. None is difficult to manage—in fact, yeast is quite forgiving—but you’ll be a better bread baker if you...
Don t Know What Flour To Buy
Confused at the array of flour available online or in the grocery store? Don’t know what to buy? We can help.
Buy bread flour for breads. If you want tender muffins or cookies, buy pastry flour. It’s the gluten content that makes breads chewy and the reduced amount of gluten that makes muffins crumbly. All-purpose flour is a compromise. (Many recipes call for all-purpose, not because it will make the best muffins but because the formulators know that all-purpose flour is what most people...
Making Great Hamburger or Sandwich Buns
We've said it before, “Buns make the burger” and nothing makes a better burger than homemade buns. In fact, once you've had a burger on a fresh homemade bun, burgers will never be the same.
You can use your favorite bread mix (or bread recipe) to make some terrific hamburger or sandwich buns. A two-loaf mix will make about eighteen large hamburger buns and a single-loaf mix or bread machine mix will make eight or ten.
Mix the dough according to the package or recipe directions and then...
Exploring The World Of Cornbread
We're partial to cornbread. We like its rustic texture and chewy goodness. We like its versatility—it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It complements eggs in the morning, a hearty soup for lunch, or a dinner meal such as pork chops or chicken. Cornbread always reminds us of the South and some of the best cornbread is the result of wonderful Southern bakers.
There's a wonderful world of cornbread to explore. The cornbreads that we have made the most are balanced with equal parts...
The Joys Of Refrigerator Cookies
Baking cookies seems to fill the house with a sense of well being and peace. Perhaps it is the smell of butter, vanilla, and spices emanating from the hot oven. Maybe it is the love and caring attention that is evident in cookies. Home, love, and cookies seem to go together.
Consider refrigerator, or icebox, cookies. They are the most convenient cookie. Drop cookies are quick cookies; refrigerator cookies are convenient cookies. Refrigerator cookies can be made up ahead of time--even months...
How To Bake Easy Focaccia With Your Bread Machine
This is just about as easy as it gets for some really good homemade focaccia. Make the dough in your bread machine (or with a stand-type mixer). It doesn't take a lot of time and it's a great project to tackle with the kids.
Here's how: Start with a lean, white bread machine mix, or use the recipe below. By lean, we mean one that is low fat and doesn’t call for fresh eggs. A buttermilk bread mix is perfect.
Easy Bread Machine Focaccia
1 1/4 cups water 2 tablespoons...
A Bakers Guide To Chocolate
What’s the difference between bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate? Can I use Dutch cocoa in all my recipes calling for cocoa? Understanding the difference in chocolate and how they are used is essential to baking. In this guide, we’ll identify the characteristics of those chocolates used in baking.
Cocoa is the dry chocolate powder derived from chocolate liquor. It comes in two types: natural and Dutch process. Dutch processed cocoa is processed with an alkaline. It is slightly...