Bread

Almond Croissants

2018-06-18T10:47:14+00:00Bread, Breakfast, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

Today I am sharing with you a very simple and yet delicious recipe for almond croissants using store bought croissants. The combination of flaky layers of croissant dough and smooth almond cream is just divine.  This is a perfect treat for a weekend brunch or afternoon tea.   As I mention many time throughout my blog, I love to shop at Costco and one of the many “problems” shopping at Costco is the large quantity…well, with this said once in a while we do not resist and get the croissants and sure enough they come in a package of 12…huge ones. I do freeze some for sandwiches and the other ones I turn into tasty and delicious almost fancy bakeries [...]

Sweet Milk Raisin Bread

2018-06-18T10:49:55+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Breakfast|

This sweet bread is almost like a dessert…very rich, buttery, cottony with a touch of raisins in it, and stays fresh for days... I try to avoid making this kind of bread as I cannot settle for just one slice…but here I am again with another version of it…the bread is so soft, light and yet rich at the same time…I love eating it by peeling the crumb as it come out so thin, almost like paper sheets…very addictive. I must admit that this recipe requires a bit of work, but so well worth it! I used tangzhong or water roux method as in many of my bread recipes. If you like baking bread you must give this method [...]

Multigrain Sourdough Bread

2018-06-18T10:51:22+00:00Bread, Breakfast|

Who does not like a hearty, nutty and crusty bread?  This bread is loaded with lots of grains…great for sandwich or just as a toast. Since I started cultivating my sourdough starter I wanted to make a multigrain loaf of bread…the combination of the slightly sour and hearty grains  in each bite is just amazing…so why to make the best out of it?  Healthy and tasty…we use the bread for sandwich, toast or simply with a smear of a big chunk of butter. Many of the recipes call for cereal, since we do not eat box cereal I had to search for recipes that use grains, pure and simple…the template used in this recipe is from “Seeded Multigrain Sourdough, [...]

Oatmeal Molasses Sandwich Bread

2018-06-18T10:52:13+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

This is a very soft, fluffy and lightly sweet oatmeal molasses sandwich bread which uses water roux or tangzhong method, therefore the bread stays fresh for many many days… I always wanted to try using molasses in my baking, but somehow never got into it until I bumped into a bottle of molasses when looking for something else in the market isle. No surprise that bread was the first item that came to my mind…so here it is another adaptation of the bread recipes that I usually use, tangzhong method. Tangzhong is a roux made with water and flour and it is added to the rest of the ingredients. The pre-cooked roux adds a sort of gelatinization to the bread, [...]

Sourdough No-Knead Bread

2018-06-18T10:54:41+00:00Bread|

Nothing is more comforting than home baked sourdough bread, crispy and slightly chewy… Before I start, I must admit that I almost gave up on the sourdough starter, not to mention the frustration and the defeat feeling and on top of it I really felt insulted since I had so much training in microbiology laboratory.  Well, determination won the case…and I finally cultivated a few jars of very healthy sourdough starter.  Therefore with all my “manipulations” and add a bit here, take a bit there, I am not sharing a recipe for the starter…as you can easily search on the internet and look for a recipe that best suit you. What I am sharing with you is the wonderful bread [...]

Dark Rye and Flaxseed Sandwich Bread

2018-06-18T10:55:36+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

Don’t you love when you have a bite of bread and you cannot tell that it is a “healthy version” of it? Well, I found the perfect combination of dark rye and flaxseed meal in this recipe. If it was not for the color and the little flaxseed meal specks you would not say that this sandwich bread contains “healthy ingredients”, in another words, if you close your eyes and eat the bread you would definitely say that it is “white” bread… Because we like so much bread, I am constantly testing different ratios between white flour and “so-called” healthy flours therefore feel less guilt when gobbling through a loaf of bread…the big challenge is for the bread to looks [...]

Garlic Bread

2018-06-18T10:57:26+00:00Bread|

Using your leftover French or Italian bread you will be able to create these aromatic, flavorful garlic bread. These are great just with your salad, pasta or just as an appetizer. Before going to the recipe I hope you all had a great time with your family and loved ones…right after the New Years we took off to Cancun…where we had a great time and enjoy our “together” time, therefore my “silence” for a couple of weeks…we are now back to routine and yes, looking forward to a wonderful year ahead… Okay, now back to the recipe…today I am sharing with you a simple recipe to make tasty garlic bread…using left over baguette or Italian bread.  It is so good [...]

Homemade Crackers

2018-06-18T10:58:21+00:00Bread|

This is an easy and simple recipe to have always fresh crackers and the fun thing is that you can spike with whatever herbs or spice you want. First of all I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your love ones…my “couple” weeks off turned out to be almost one month…I was on vacation in Taiwan for 2 weeks and then I got sick right after getting back…so I decided to rest and put everything on hold. Thankfully I am back on my feet and so happy to be functioning as usual…with all that said, this supposed to be a simple post, but end up being so long…forgive me…I usually like to be brief knowing that everyone is [...]

Black Sesame Swirl Pumpkin Bread

2018-06-18T10:58:33+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

This is a fun bread to bake using tangzhong method. It is so tasty with swirls of sesame paste in a pumpkin dough...and stay fresh and soft for days. This is a fun recipe to make, especially that is Halloween…the combination of the sweet sesame swirl in between the soft, cottony pumpkin bread is just divine. Initially, people find a little skeptical because of the “black” swirl in the bread…no it is not mold… The combination of the colors as well as the rolling and folding makes this recipe a fun process from the beginning to the end. But, don’t let me dictate how you should roll and fold…go ahead and handle the dough and the sesame filling however you [...]

Frangipane Toast

2018-06-18T11:09:38+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Breakfast|

This toast is almost like a dessert for breakfast. The toast is covered with a layer of creamy frangipane and topped with toasted slices of almond.  Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Okay, you might feel that I am cheating…this is a simple version of the Frangipane Rolls. Since we had so much frangipane rolls, I decided to use up the almond cream so it would not go bad. In this recipe I used the same dough, just in different format. I spread a generous layer of almond cream, sprinkled some sliced almond and voila… Can I tell you a secret? I just learned when writing this post that the past tense of the verb “spread” is “spread”…so interesting [...]

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