Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bread Baking Babes count to eight: L’Otto di Merano

And a day l8 as well. Ah my bad!

Aug slice
But the results are in, bread has been baked (and we had it for dinner with some delicious soup made from a giant zucchini with a little leek added in for good measure). Very yummy!
For the recipe Elizabeth gave us… I just did as I was told (Yes I did Elizabeth!)  although I had a little difficulty finding the malted wheat berries… how strange! No malted anything here in the Netherlands. But… I remembered just in time that I bought flour in Scotland and there was a malted something on the label… Yep!
oh wait… Elizabeth said to use malted rye because the recipe she chose uses barley malt powder. That makes it all clear right? I think no one will accuse me of muddying the water when I used the whole wheat malted flour I bought in Scotland.
For the complete story of how this recipe came into being please hop over to our Kitchen of the Month where Elizabeth starts with this: I am choosing a rye bread from an area of Europe much further to the south. It’s L’Otto di Merano, a rye bread based on one of the recipes in Carol Field’s classic bread book, “The Italian Baker”.
My lower half is a bit unshapely (gee real life meets bread) but I do think a figure 8 is recognizable. (again real life meets bread)
Needed to add a bit more flour to the dough and it was still plenty sticky but it shaped and baked nicely. Open crumb, airy enough maybe a tad crumbly, did I add too much flour?
no eight

Bread Baking Babes
As you already know, Elizabeth is hosting August 2015’s Bread Baking Babes’ challenge.
We know you’ll want to make eights too! To receive a Baking Buddy Badge to display on your site: make L’Otto di Merano in the next couple of weeks and post about it (we love to see how your bread turns out AND hear what you think about it – what you didn’t like and/or what you liked) before the 29 August 2015.
Here’s how to let us know:
Please note that it’s not enough to post about your bread in the Facebook group. Because of the ephemeral nature of Facebook’s posts, your FB post may be lost in the shuffle. Please email if you want to be included.
If you don’t have a blog or flickr-like account, no problem; we still want to see and hear about your bread! Please email me with the details, so your chapatis can be included in the roundup too.
For complete details about this month’s recipe, the BBB and how to become a BBBuddy, please read:
Please take a look at the other BBBabes’ August 2015 bread:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

And back with the round up Buddies Bake Muesli rolls!


Thank you all for your patience while we were frolicking in the Scottish countryside… most of the time we were dry and happy (eh that is we were happy all of the time and dry mostly). No really, the only steady rain we encountered was while camping on/in/at (?) the Isle of Skye. Grey skies all around, downpour that stopped just long enough to squeeze in a tough hill climb up Old Man Stor.



The rest of the days we stayed in B&B’s, walked a lot, saw even more, ate our share of eggs and bacon (no, we didn’t try haggis), tried out too many home baked treats with our coffee’s. I love to see home baking in the coffee shops these days, no more store bought shizzle but real stuff,Yay! That, and the fact that decent coffee is making the rounds!

Anyway…. Buddy Round up is here:

Gilad translated the recipe and blogged about it in Hebrew, made it vegan ánd used a soaker !







muesli rolls 04Victoria is a first time Buddy (Hi Victoria!) blogs at My bread and Brot, increased the walnuts and did the first rise –bulk rise- overnight in the fridge (Now that is good news for anyone in need of time)






And of course Carola at Sweet and that’s it! baked with us; she already made loads of muesli rolls but was still happy to see this recipe!






muesli bread post 2


This is Harini who blogs at Ladles and whisks, she made use of a soaker and used oat meal instead of whole wheat, I love the black and wite sesame seeds she used!








Shirley, Flourish.en Test kitchen, also thought of soaking the ingredients and was very happy with the results, also subbed whole wheat for spelt. Healthy idea!






I think I have caught all of you Buddies out there, I really enjoyed scrolling through your blogs and salivated at your pictures. Seeing so many of you using a soaker for the add-ins this will surely be the next thing I will try using this recipe. I also love to see how versatile this recipe is, with the Babes as well with the Buddies we saw all kinds of additions and substitutions which clearly added to the interest of the bread while at the same time kept the heart of the recipe intact.

Thanks for baking with us and see you next time!!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bread Baking Babes healthy addiction: Muesli Rolls

It’s my turn! I can totally do whatever I want with this Month…. Well sort of. The idea is nice no? So yes this is My Kitchen of the Month month and I choose………..


This is a recipe by Dean Brettschneider from his book “Bread” As the baker says: a real breakfast roll for champions, full of seeds, dried fruits and chocolate. They are great fresh, or toasted the next day. I find that they keep great and freeze well. I baked a double batch for a birthday, put them in the freezer. Thaw in the closed bag and give around 3 minutes in a hot oven.

Do try them with Swiss Emmenthal cheese, perfect partners! (or if you ask me, any other ripe slightly nutty cheese because the flavours enhance each other)
Don’t let yourself get shy because of this long list of ingredients, it really is just making dough, and adding in stuff. That’s what it is; just stuff. Not intimidating at all!
For the Dutch flour users: the first time I held back a little of the water, second time I had to add a little water…. I heard from my fellow Babes on the other side of the globe that they needed some extra water. So I would suggest to go with what the recipe says and feel your dough if it needs some more. You should aim for an elastic dough, not wet.
Muesli Rolls 
by Dean Brettschneider - Bread
makes 15 rolls

450 gr (2.3/4 cups) strong bread flour
50 gr (1/3 cup) wholemeal or whole wheat flour
40 gr (1/2 cup) jumbo rolled oats
8 gr  (2.3/4 tsp) instant dry yeast
10 gr (2 tsp) salt
30 gr (1.1/2 Tbs) treacle or blackstrap molasses
20 gr (1 Tbs honey
20 ml (4 tsp) olive oil
370 ml (1.1/2 cups) water
40 gr (scant 1/2 cup) walnut pieces (chopped small)
30 gr (3 Tbs) linseeds/flaxseeds
20 gr (2.1/4 Tbs) sesame seeds
80 gr (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds
80 gr (2/3 cup) pumpkin seeds
40 gr (1/4 cup) dried apricots, cut into pieces
80 gr (1/2 cup) small chocolate chips/drops (optional)
100 gr (1 generous cup) jumbo rolled oats to decorate
Place flours, oats, yeast, salt and wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Using a wooden spoon, combine to form a dough.  Tip dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 15 minutes, resting it for 1 minute every 2-3 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Check dough throughout kneading for stickiness; add a little more water or flour if necessary to achieve a soft dough that's  not too firm.
Add walnuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate (if desired). Knead until well incorporated and combined into dough.  Place dough in  a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for approximately  1.1/2 hour, until dough has doubled in size. Gently knock back dough in bowl by folding it back onto itself several times. Cover again and leave for a further 30 minutes.

Tip dough upside down onto a lightly floured work surface.  Sprinkle flour over top of dough (which was on the bottom of the bowl).  Very carefully turn dough over and gently flatten to 2cm (3/4 in) thick.  Using a dough scraper or large chef's knife, cut dough into 7cm (2 3/4in) squares.  Using a pastry brush, brush the tops with water, Sprinkle entire surface of each roll with rolled oats, and pat down gently to stick them on.

Line a baking tray (cookie sheet) with baking (parchment) paper.  Place rolls onto lined tray, leaving a 2-3cm (3/4-11/4in) gap between each roll.  Cover with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and leave to proof for 30-45 minutes, depending on room temperature.
Place rolls on baking tray (cookie sheet) in a preheated 230C/450F/Gas 8 oven, apply steam and quickly close oven door. 
Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning tray around halfway through baking if needed. Remove rolls from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
My notes:
- You want real? Okay here’s real…. Me and my family just looooove these rolls. They really are so good.
- I don’t always add chocolate, sometimes I up the apricots, add raisins, some more nuts and no pumpkin seeds. Just keep the weight in mind while substituting
- Also I don’t always add the rolled oats on top. Sometimes I just leave them naked.
- Or….Mary Contrary, put the rolled oats on the bottom. So the tops stay nice and shiny and a little bit crunchy.
- Tanna mentioned using potato water as her liquid…. Elizabeth thought about whey….. these girls are thinking!
- Oh go on and bake them!

Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy?
I am host kitchen this month and I would love to see you baking with us. However… I was so clever to register for KOM June ánd go on a vacation somewhere around that time. So luckily there is Lien to the rescue!! Lien (from Notitie Van Lien fame) will also be ready to receive your submission ánd send you your Buddy Badge!
Here’s how:
Just make the rolls, then email your link (or email your photo and a bit about your experience if you don't have a blog) to BOTH  bakemyday {at} gmail {dot} com AND to notitievanlien(at)gmail(punt)com add subject BBBuddy
Submissions are due by July 1st.  Once you've posted, you'll receive a Buddy badge for baking along, then watch for a roundup of all of the BBBuddies posts a few days after the close of submissions, or in this case…. as soon as I am home again or near WiFi.
The Bread Baking Babes are:

Hey pssst: have you seen them? We added a couple of new Babes…. and yes they scare us. Just a bit. It’s Karen from Karen’s Kitchen Stories (seen her latest post? I bet she did that to please me. Us. Fried Onion Rings. Sigh. And then we have Judy! Judy blogs at Judy’s gross eats and she has volunteered to be Kitchen of the Month next month! (well sort of. we don’t pressure. people just volunteer. by themselves.)

ANd check out their posts here as they appear:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oh my oh my… Prune less Flaxseed Ciabatta style loaf BBB-May

Kitchen of the Month in May is Cathy, Bread Experience, she gave us this wonderful, easy to make Ciabatti style Plum and Flaxseed loaves.

Those were baked in the last possible moment, plans a plenty but then my mind started wandering and there was no bread. Chased the soaker and the poolish to start and be ready overnight and baked next morning still in time for the deadline. And then there it was the pink screen of death on the desktop. Yes, I know it is supposed to be a white screen or a blue screen but in this house the sign of an ailing computer seems to be flashy hot pink. Fuchsia pink. Really! I recognize this from my old old laptop that started with the same thing a couple of years ago and it is now retired in the basement. (Seriously what does one do with dysfunctional computer equipment? Trash it? In the bin? Somehow that doesn’t feel right. In a couple of years we will be living on a heap of non-working electronic equipment with all kinds of information still stored but unable to retrieve… scary!)

Anyway, this one is pretending to work again so here I am. Yes there are tablets and smart phones in the house but I don’t feel comfortable writing longer pieces on it. I am a mammoth. I know that. Deep down.

Ah the bread. I really liked it, it was surprisingly fluffy and light, full of flaxseed, dearly missing the prunes. I wish I had thought of adding olives instead btw. I was confident I had prunes in the basement but they turned out to be just as old as the laptop that lives there…. Year 2012 it said on the package.. that I binned. Concept of first-in-first-out not well-executed in case of plums I guess.

Flaxseed (and no Prune) Ciabatti-Style Loaves
Flaxseed soaker:
48 grams flax seeds
72 grams water
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated, cover and set aside.
Let it sit for at least one hour.
125 grams bread flour
125 grams water
pinch of instant yeast
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated with D.D.T. of 70°F.
Allow to ferment 12 – 14 hours at room temperature (65 -70°F)

Final Dough:

300 grams unbleached all-purpose flour
50 grams coarsely milled whole wheat flour
25 grams coarsely milled whole rye flour
278 grams water
10 grams salt
84 grams prunes (I forgot to add those… yes…)
2 grams instant yeast
Mixing: Hand Mix
  1. Mix together all the ingredients except the flax seeds, and plums.
  2. Once everything is thoroughly incorporated, mix in flax soaker and dried plums.
  3. Transfer the dough into an oiled container.
Dough Temperature: 76-78°F
First Fermentation: a total of 3 hours with 3 folds
45 minutes at room temperature; fold
45 minutes at room temperature; fold
45 minutes at room temperature; fold
Divide: Dough is not scaled. It is divided by measurement. Place loaves on a floured couche. I used a board to transfer the loaves from the couche to the baking stone. One of the loaves got (more) misshapen in the process. It actually ended up upside down.
Rest : 20 minutes at room temperature

Bake: Deck oven
450°F with 2 seconds of steam. Bake for 20 minutes. Vent an additional 10 minutes

The Bread Baking Babes (current dozen) are:
Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy?
Cathy over at Bread Experience is host kitchen this month and she would love for you to bake along with us. Please hop over to her site and look at the wonderful pictures she took, very helpful!

Here’s how:

Just make the ciabatta, then email your link (or email your photo and a bit about your experience if you don't have a blog) to: breadexperience (at) gmail (dot) comSubmissions are due by May 29th.  Once you've posted, you'll receive a Buddy badge for baking along, then watch for a roundup of all of the BBBuddies posts a few days after the close of submissions.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February celebration recipe is on!! Kouign Amann


Nous célébrons aujourd'hui le septième anniversaire…. en francais! That should say that we Babes are celebrating our 7th anniversary this month, with a French, or rather a Breton bake fest. A Brittany buttery pastry all deceptively light and fluffy and puffy, called Kouign Amann.

Lien is the Master of the Kitchen (yes she is, look at that picture above…. mouthwatering!) and she proposed to bake Kouign Amann.

Due to family circumstances I was not able to bake this month. I would love to see you hop over to my fellow Babes and celebrate with them.

The Bread Baking Babes (current dozen) are:

Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy? Please take a look at the instructions Lien posted for your Buddy Badge!


(yes I know…. this can be too much…. can we just share one? or two maybe?)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It’s brioche… nutella… flower or flour?

Nutella brioche flower ready to bake

An oh so sweet and dark secret revealed today! Posting day for the Bread Baking Babes shows us what Cathy chose this month. As our Kitchen of the Month she couldn’t have picked a better one because after all this is December and for us Dutchies it means we barely survived the Sinterklaas shoppingstress to be catapulted in Christmas spirits and all that comes with that.

Who needs a difficult bake? (No hands?) Well then, who needs a show stopper that looks far more difficult than it really is? Now we’re talking! So that’s what we have here: A Nutella brioche flower. As you might know I am no fan of Decorating the Dairy, Fickle on a Popsicle and Cream Cheese Crafts or Twirl and Swirl but if I can manage a bread to look like this, I bet you can too!


I used slightly different recipe than the one Cathy issued below and for the folding and turning part I watched the video in this link:

 ( just skip along to where the shaping takes place)

Nutella brioche flower shaping

Nutella Brioche Flower

Makes: 1 large Nutella Brioche Flower
Adapted from:

For the sponge:

  • 1/2 cup (2.25 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) whole milk, lukewarm (90-100 degrees F.)

For the dough:

  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups (13.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk, if necessary to form a smooth dough

For the filling and glaze:

  • Nutella or similar hazelnut chocolate paste for the filling
  • 1 tablespoon milk plus 1 tablespoon water for glaze
  • Icing (confectioner's) sugar

To make the sponge, stir together the flour and yeast in a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer). Pour in the milk and whisk the ingredients together until all of the flour is hydrated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it ferment for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the sponge rises and falls when you tap the bowl.

To make the dough, add the eggs to the sponge and whisk (or beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment) until smooth.  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt.  Add this mixture to the sponge and eggs and stir (or continue mixing with the paddle on low speed for about 2 minutes) until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes to begin to develop the gluten.  Then mix in the melted butter by hand, using a wooden spoon or Danish dough whisk or with the mixer on medium speed using the dough hook. Add in a couple of teaspoons of milk if the dough is too dry.

Transfer the dough to the work surface and knead for about 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.  It shouldn't be too sticky too handle.

Form the dough into a ball and place it in a clean bowl.  It doesn't need to be oiled.  The butter should keep the dough from sticking to the bowl.  Let the dough bulk ferment in a warm place (70- 75 degrees F.) for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, cut out a circle of baking or greaseproof paper about 30 cm (12″) in diameter. Place the paper on a baking sheet.

To shape the flower, once risen, turn the dough out onto a surface, knock it back knead for 3-4 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and form each piece into a ball.

Roll a ball of dough out into a circle measuring about 25 cm (10″) in diameter. The dough should be about 3-4 mm (1/8″) thick.
Place the dough onto the baking paper and spread on a layer of Nutella, leaving a small gap at the edge. Don’t make the layer too thick but be sure to evenly cover the dough.

Roll out a second ball of dough, place it on the first layer and spread with Nutella. Repeat with the third and fourth balls of dough but do NOT spread Nutella on the final layer.

Cut the brioche into 16 segments but leave a small (3 cm/1½”) area in the center of the dough uncut. 

Nutella brioche flower ready to shape

Note about making the cuts: To keep from cutting too far into the center of the dough, and to make it more uniform, try using a ramekin or something small and round in the center of the dough while you’re making the cuts. (Wise advice!! I didn’t and was afraid my dough would tear in the middle )

Take a pair of adjacent segments. Lift and twist them away from each other through 180°. Lift and twist through 180° again, then twist through 90° so that the ends are vertical. Press the edges together firmly. Repeat this process for all pairs of segments.

Place the brioche in a large plastic bag or cover with lightly oiled film. Leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours to prove.

Brush with the glaze then bake at 160°C/320°F fan oven, 180°C/360°F conventional oven for 20-25 minutes.  I baked it at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes, then turned it down to 350 and baked it another 5 minutes or so.

Place the bread on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, dust lightly with icing sugar, if desired.  I didn’t think it needed the powdered sugar.

Nutella brioche flower

The Bread Baking Babes (current dozen) are:

Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy?

Cathy over at Bread Experience is host kitchen this month and she would love for you to bake along with us. Please hop over to her site and look at the wonderful step by step pictures she took, very helpful!

Here’s how:

Just make the Nutella Brioche Flower, then email your link (or email your photo and a bit about your experience if you don't have a blog) to: breadexperience (at) gmail (dot) comSubmissions are due by December 29th.  Once you've posted, you'll receive a Buddy badge for baking along, then watch for a roundup of all of the BBBuddies posts a few days after the close of submissions.


Happy Baking!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Even (even?) iets anders…. quilting the day away

Ik ben iets aan het doen waarvan ik geroepen heb dat ik er noooooit aan zou beginnen! Ik bedoel maar, als je een naaimachine hebt ga je toch niet moeilijk zitten doen om met de hand te naaien. Nou.. jawel dus. En ik vind het nog leuk ook! Wat zeg ik: leuk? Het is behoorlijk verslavend. Het gaat ook zo snel en het resultaat is ook snel al leuk. Nu nog bedenken hoe of wat.
Hmm de bovenste foto waar de sterretjes op de salontafel liggen maakt wel een heel leuk plaatje. Zouden ze zulke stof ook hebben aan de meter? Voor de randen? Haha alsof ik al zover ben.. dat duurt nog wel even. Voorlopig ben ik lekker aan het stempelen (heerlijk, precieze lijntjes, geen gedoe met aftekenen alhoewel ik de stempels wel belachelijk aan de prijs vind maar dat terzijde). 

Even kijken hoever ik ben en of het nog steeds leuk is. Beetje schuiven, beetje rommelen, tussendoor even wat anders doen en huppekee, leg maar een lapje neer en er is altijd dezelfde kat die dat plekje uitzoekt om zich te nestelen…