Cooking and Dining

Cooking and Dining

Favorite Bread Baking Cookbooks

  1. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
  2. The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
  3. My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method - Jim Lahey of New York's Sullivan Street Bakery discovered a no-knead technique that was publicized by the New York Times Mark Bittman.  It made it possible for us mortals to make bread as good as available in any bakery by combining flour, yeast, salt and water and leaving it alone for 12 hours.   This book allows you to understand the technique and take it to the next level.
  4. The Bread Bible - A precise, detailed yet accessible set of recipes from Rose Levy Beranbaum.  The book has over 300 illustrations and 32 pages of photos that make the recipes easy to follow.
  5. Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
  6. King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains - Tired of heavy, bitter whole wheat breads?  This book allows you to create light, airy and healthy breads using whole wheat.  Written by the expert bakers at the company that makes some of the best bread flour around--King Arthur.
  7. Beard On Bread - The classic collection of over 100 bread recipes from the master James Beard.
  8. Artisan Baking

Crate & Barrel Silicone Baking Cups

The Crate and Barrell Silicone Baking Cups are intended to be reusable cupcake liners. According to the box, there is 'no greasing' required and your cupcakes will 'pop out easily.' After destroying practically every cupcake in an attempt to taste their chocolaty goodness, it is safe to say that these baking cups are one of the worse kitchen gadgets to clutter your cabinets.

 

 

Weights of baking ingredients -- Flour and Water

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When I don't have time to bake my own bread I love letting the Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine bake it for me.   It produces a full 2lb loaf, it can back bread with a wide variety of crusts and actually makes full wheat bread.  Unfortunately, the recipe book that comes with the machine gives all the recipes using cup measures.  Any baker worth their salt knows that you will get great bread much more reliably if you weigh your ingredients.  I got tired of trying to do the conversion in my head so I created this little chart in Excel that gives you the weight of both the flour and water in lbs and ozs.   Why do I go to one decimal place?  Simple, that's how accurate my little weighing machine is.

This little chart has eliminated all the silly mistakes that happen when I try to do the calculations in my head or when I try to measure cups (the phone rings or the dog barks and I forget how many cups of flour I put in).   You can download the chart for printing in PDF format.  Oh, a bonus tip one of the best baking blogs is www.realbakingwithrose.com

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