No-Knead Rosemary Rolls

Care for a rosemary bread roll which is light and crumb filled with lots or air pockets? You arrived at the right place…

 

– What is hydration in bread language?

This bread contains 80% hydration, which means for every 100g of flour 80g of water is added to the dough…in another word, it is the percentage of the liquid in relation to the flour in weight.

Regular bread usually the hydration is in between 58 and 65%, so you can imagine 80% hydration, the dough is super wet, sticky, therefore impossible to knead…but using a simple method of stretch and fold almost like magic will be able to produce a bread with a crumb that is super light, airy, with lots of air pockets and a crispy crust.

– What is poolish?

Yes, it is a sort of starter, pre-fermented dough added to the final dough and consist of a mixture of same weight of flour and water with a little bit of the leavening agent such as yeast.

Adding polish to the final bread dough adds flavor and more texture, and somehow, I feel that increases the speed of the bulk fermentation.

It is not a big deal to make polish, you just must plan…if you plan to make bread, before going to bed make your poolish and it will be ready when you wake up.

– How about a hint of fresh rosemary?

Absolutely wonderful, you will be amazed of what just adding fresh minced rosemary to the dough will do…it will wake your sense of smell, you will want to inhale every bit of the aroma of the bread and rosemary in the air…got the feeling?  Okay…

– Now it is time to get working…

Ingredients:

Poolish

  • 150 g water
  • 150 g bread flour
  • 1 pinch yeast

Dough

  • 150 g water
  • 225 g bread flour
  • 4 g salt
  • 2 g yeast
  • 4-6 sprigs of rosemary, minced
  • Extra flour for dusting or cornmeal

Method:

Poolish

Place all the ingredients under the poolish in a medium to large bowl.  Using a fork or a Danish dough hand whisk, mix well until all the water is absorbed by the flour. The dough very, very sticky. Cover the bowl and place in a warm place overnight or up to 16 hours.

Dough

Add the 150g of water and the yeast to the poolish and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a fork or Danish whisk into a wet dough.

Using the stretch and fold method (see the description here) go around the bowl 40 times stretch and fold, 4 times stretch and fold make a complete circle around the bowl.

Leave the dough to rest for 45 minutes.

Repeat the stretch and fold around the bowl once (set of 4 stretch and fold), followed by a 45 minutes rest, 3 more times, totaling 4 times.

On last time of stretch and fold, followed by 1 hour rest.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and stretch and fold once, placing the seam under.

Cut the dough into approximately 12 portions (I used a scale, 56g each roll). Let the dough rest for another 10-15 minutes.

Stretch and fold each portion and place the seam under. Place the rolls on a baking pan lined with parchment paper dusted with flour or cornmeal.

Lightly dust the rolls with more flour before covering and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, until double its size.

Preheat oven to 4750C. Place a pan with water at the bottom of the oven to create steam.

Spray generously each roll and score the rolls or use a scissors.

Let it bake for 5 minutes and repeat the water spray. Another 5 minutes in the oven and spray again with water and turn the pan around so the rolls bake evenly.

Let it bake for another 5 minutes or until the crust turns brown.

Remove the rolls from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Please allow to cool before devour it…

I hope you enjoy this simple method to make great bread…

– More bread recipes?  Take a look at the recipes below.

Did you know that rosemary has been used since ancient Greeks? Rosemary has its origins in the Mediterranean region. Apparently rosemary contains essential oils known to boost memory and contain high levels of antioxidants.

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Frozen Pão de Queijo, Brazilian Cheese Bread

This is a simplify version of the Brazilian “pão de queijo”, it is cheesy and gluten free.  It makes a great appetizer and can be made way ahead.

I already share so many versions of the famous Brazilian pão de queijo…recipes which each little ball is hand shaped, blended and pour in a waffle iron, Asian style and now blended and frozen for later enjoyment.

– What is “pão de queijo”?

Pão de queijo when translated from Portuguese should be cheese bread. In reality, it is not a bread as you know as bread…it is usually small baked roll with cheese and the base of the roll is mainly tapioca flour and not wheat flour. The texture is not like your regular bread, it is sort of chewy, cheesy and let’s say very different. In my opinion it is a sort of popover, choux pastry…there is no any raising agent such as yeast or baking powder, the air pockets in the little cheese bread are mainly due to the combination of egg, oil, liquid (milk) and tapioca flour.

– History of “pão de queijo”

Pão de queijo recipe is typical from Minas Gerais, which is a state located on the eastern side of Brazil, north of the state of São Paulo. The recipe is traditionally passed from grandmother to their daughters and from the daughter to the granddaughters…the difference in the ingredients may vary from water to milk, oil from lard, but the idea is the same. Apparently started with a piece of leftover cheese, since wheat flour was not common at the time being that tapioca flour from yuca (cassava) was available, somehow in between “pão de queijo” emerged.

– Why you need to make “pão de queijo”?

Because is it easy and a crowd pleaser.  I always have a “bag” of these in my freezer…and I bake whenever we feel like having a small snack, a something to go with a bowl of salad or soup, as an appetizer when entertaining.

– Why this is a great version?

This is the simplest version of all and can be made way ahead…all the ingredients are mixed in a blender and pour is a small silicone mold and place into the freezer. Once frozen they can be stored in a plastic frozen bag (to save freezer space) and store for months until time to bake.

– Have I convinced you? Okay…let’s look at the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil such a sunflower, canola or corn
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 125 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 345 g tapioca flour
  • 120 g grated Cheddar cheese

Method:

Place milk, oil, eggs and salt in the blender. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed.

Add the parmesan cheese and blend in.

Add tapioca flour in thirds and pulse after each addition, making sure that the batter is smooth. Scrapping the side of the blender cup as needed.

Now, you can either add the cheddar cheese and pulse a couple of times or remove the blender cup from the motor and add the cheddar cheese and mix carefully with a spatula, until the cheese is incorporated into the batter.

Pour the batter into small silicone mold (approximately 0.6 oz or 18 ml each cavity). As the silicone bakeware are flexible, place them on a cookie sheet or any metal tray.

Place the trays in the freezer for a few hours until the batter is frozen.

Once the cheese bread (balls) are totally frozen, quickly remove the frozen cheese balls from the silicone bakeware and place them into a freezer bag and in the freezer until time to bake.

When baking the cheese bread, place the frozen cheese bread directly in a preheated oven of 350oF for approximately 15-20 minutes. Make sure to leave at least 1 in (2.5 cm) in between the cheese bread (balls).

Serve hot/warm.

Take a look…it is soft and chewy and loaded with cheese…

– Looking for other versions of the Brazilian pão de queijo?

Did you know that tapioca flour is a product of the cassava? Cassava, yuca or manioc is a root like yam, taro,  and potato, therfore totally grain and gluten free. Cassava is  very popular in South America, parts of  Asia and Africa.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This soft and light cinnamon rolls are made with pumpkin and filled with gooey cinnamon swirl and topped with a light icing are the best treat for the season.

– Why you need to try this?

I made many versions of cinnamon rolls and I must admit, this is the best one…mainly because of the color of the pumpkin puree, so very much enticing…I choose not to add any pumpkin spice when making the dough, just to not shelter the “cinnamon” of the cinnamon rolls away with the other spices found in pumpkin spice. Yes, it sounds confusing…but in reality it is only a cinnamon roll recipe made with pumpkin puree….yes, I should have said that in the very beginning…next time I will try to be less confusing…

– Asian method?

And of course I had to use “tangzhong” or “water roux” method, an Asian method used to keep the bread soft, light, moist for many many days.

I divided the dough into two and made a sandwich bread loaf and a pan of cinnamon rolls. So it is up to you…

– Let’s head to the recipe…

Ingredients:

Tangzhong or water roux

  • 30 g bread flour
  • 150 ml water

Bread dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 8 g yeast
  • 8 g vital gluten
  • 27 0g pumpkin puree
  • 20 ml water (if necessary, depending of the moist of the pumpkin puree)
  • 60 g butter

Filling

  • Butter, or any substitute, unsalted ( I used Earth Balance)
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½  tablespoons water

Method:

Tangzhong or water roux

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65C/150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48hours.

Bread dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a ball forms.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 5 minutes. The dough should be very sticky, and less sticky as the gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 5 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The windowpane test, demonstrated that the gluten is very well developed and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.

Assembly

Knock back the dough and divide into 2 balls. Roll one dough into a rectangle of approximately 45 x 35cm (approximately 18 x 14in). Smear a thin layer of butter or its substitute on the rectangle dough. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar and then cinnamon over the sugar.

Roll it like a Swiss roll from the long edge, and roll it into a tight log. Turn the seam to the bottom. Make a small mark on the log in the middle and then into 4 and again and again until you have the log divided into 16.  Gently cut on the mark without smashing the rolls.  Place the rolls in a square or round pan, I used the 8 x 8 in USA square pan.  Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Bake in t preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Remove and let it cool.

In the meantime make the sugar glaze. Mix all the ingredients listed under the glaze into a small bowl.

Drizzle over the cool cinnamon rolls.

Take another look and tell me if you can resist…

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes?  Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin is super rich in beta-carotene? Your body will convert beta-carotene into vitamin A.  Vitamin A is important for your vision, immune system, teeth, and skin. Moreover, pumpkin contains vitamin C, and dietary fiber which is important for a healthy heart.

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Simple Pumpkin Crackers

These crackers are crispy, light and packed with pumpkin, very versatile as you can top with all kind of stuff such as fresh or dry herbs, fresh ground black pepper, Himalayan salt, grated cheese…you name it.

– Pumpkin crackers…really?

Fall came and I realized that I had not baked or cooked anything with pumpkin…somehow I was in a weird mood…nothing really appealed to me…cake, bread or pie…yes, indeed weird  mood…when I saw that my homemade jar of crackers were about to hit the bottom…a little light flood my mind..and I had one of the “ah-ha” moment…why not pumpkin crackers?

– What can I top the crackers with?

I pretty much follow my recipe of homemade crackers, rolled it out thin and sprinkled one sheet with fresh grounded black pepper and the other one with fresh rosemary. Alternatively  you can add in the dough fresh finely chopped rosemary, oregano, thyme or any other herb, celery seeds, cumin, cardamom, ground pepper, curry powder, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, turmeric…and so on…the options are endless…as described in simple homemade crackers.

– Is it good?

Since it was mine first time using pumpkin puree for making crackers and really did not know what to expect, I halved the recipe from my regular measurement…and I must tell you that I regret…

The crackers were so good, light, crispy and all pumpkin color. We ate most of it plain, considering that there was black pepper and rosemary flavors…dip can be totally omitted so good these are.

– Let’s go to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 250 g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 15 g sugar
  • 4 g salt
  • 150 g pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 30 g butter, unsalted
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Method:

Place all the ingredients, expect black pepper and rosemary in a mixer bowl. Attach the bowl and dough hook to the mixer. Turn the to speed 2 until a ball forms and all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a container with lid and let it rest for about 1 hour.

Once the gluten of the dough has relaxed, split the dough into two small balls.

Preheat the oven to 250F

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until approximately 14 x 11 in (35 x 28 cm) from the center to the edge, there is no need to be very precise.

Sprinkle freshly grounded black pepper on the pumpkin sheet, using the rolling pin gently roll until all the ground pepper are fixed into the dough. Repeat the same with the fresh rosemary.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning the baking pan half way during the baking time to ensure even bake.

Remove from the oven, let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Roughly break the sheet into smaller rustic pieces.

Store in an air-tight container.

– More pumpkin recipes? Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin has many healthy nutrients? Pumpkin is a rich source of dietary fiber, contains potassium and vitamin C which are known to lower blood pressure. Also antioxidant such as beta-carotene which could prevent degenerative eye disease.

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Cheddar Cheese Toast

This is an Asian inspired bread recipe with a touch of cheddar cheese using tangzhong method. The bread is light fluffy and cottony and stays fresh for many days.

By now you might know that I love, absolutely love baking bread, the only limiting factor is that there is not enough consumption between my husband and I, and often I take to work or send to friends, still, I look forward for the bread to disappear so I have “excuse” to bake more.

This recipe is pretty standard, I did not use any heavy cream but increase a bit on the butter. The texture is light, soft, cottony and bouncy.  The cheddar cheese stripes gives this loaf of bread some personality…and it is great toasted, but my favorite way to eat is to cut a thick slice and peel it…

The assembly seems more complicated than it is in reality, it is all matter of math and splitting the portions correctly so you do not end up with a portion without cheese.

The recipe below can fill 2 Pullman pans (9 x 4 inch).

 – Can I skip the cheese?

Absolutely…if you do not have cheddar cheese or do not care for it, you can follow the same bread recipe, skip the cheese and you will end up with a delicious egg bread.

 – Now, let’s go to the recipe…

Ingredients:

Water roux or tangzhong

  • 50 g bread flour
  • 250 g water

Dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • 8 g yeast
  • 7g salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 30 g dry milk powder
  • 60 g butter, unsalted
  • 250 g grated cheddar cheese (omit if making plain toast)

Method:

Water roux or Tangzhong

In a small pan, mix all the ingredients of water roux, place in a low heat and stir constantly until the temperature reach 65C (150F), or if you do not have a thermometer, cook until ripples form. Set aside to cool by covering with a plastic film. Please see here.

Bread Dough

Place water roux and all the ingredients listed under dough into a mixer with the hook attachment except for the butter and grated cheddar cheese.  Mix until all the ingredients are together, it will be slightly sticky.

Increase the speed to number 2 and continue to mix for 5 minutes.

Add the butter and continue the mixing until the dough is smooth and comes out of the mixing bowl, this will take approximately 15 minutes. You will notice that the dough will no longer be sticky and it will reach the window pane stage.

Place the dough into a medium bowl. Cover and let it proof until the size triple from the original size.

Now it is time to shape the dough…

Knock back both dough and split each portion into two balls and each ball into 4 small balls and let it rest for 5 minutes on the counter.

Split the grated cheddar cheese into 8 portions.

Flatten the balls using a roller pin into a disk, place approximately ⅓ of the grated cheese from one of the ⅛ portions. Fold over one half of the disk and another ⅓ of grated cheese. Cover the grated cheese with the other half of the disk and sprinkle the last ⅓ portion of the grated cheese and roll it like a Swiss roll.

Repeat the process with the remaining 7 small dough balls. Place 4 Swiss rolls into each Pullman pan and let it rise until triple of its original size, like almost 85-90% of the pan.

Cover the pan and bake in a preheated oven of 350F for approximately 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and flip the bread into a wire rack to cool. Slice according to your like.

Store the bread in an airtight container.

– More recipes using tangzhong method?

Yes, there are many more recipes of bread using tangzhong method, please take a look here.

Did you know that Cheddar cheese was originated in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset? The color of Cheddar cheese can vary from pale to deep yellow. The yellow-orange color is due the addition of some plant extract such as annatto or paprika.

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Molasses Marble Sandwich Bread

Each slice of this bread has a unique look, a blend of deep brown from the molasses and white from the plain dough, each bite is packed is flavorful molasses… perfect for toasts, sandwich or just plain.

Last time a baked a molasses loaf of bread, although many of my co-workers and friends like it, I found it to be a bit overwhelmed with molasses, so this time I chose to make half molasses combined with plain dough, and to make it pretty, I made it into marble. It is true that it was a lot of labor since each portion had to be made separately, but well worth it. Every time I slice the loaf I would admire the lines…and my husband will laugh and tease me… u

It was a lot of fun to assemble the loaves as for the first loaf I layered the molasses portion on the white and on the second loaf I reverse the order…but feel free “play” with the dough, I am sure that you will be amazed with the combination of colors that you will come up with, although I must confess that this is a quite elaborate recipe since it is like baking two different kind of bread in one day.

The recipe below is for 2 loaves of Pullman pan (9 x 4in). I hope you get a chance to bake this bread…and because the water roux or tangzhong method was used, the bread fresh for days.

Ingredients:

Water roux or tangzhong

  • 50 g bread flour
  • 250 g water

Molasses Dough

  • 250 g bread flour
  • 50 g oatmeal finely grinded
  • 90 g molasses
  • 3 g salt
  • 3 g yeast
  • 3 g vital wheat gluten
  • 40 g water
  • 25 g butter, unsalted

White Dough

  • 300 g bread flour
  • 25 g sugar
  • 3 g yeast
  • 3 g salt
  • 120 g heavy cream
  • 20 g butter, unsalted

Method:

 Water roux or Tangzhong

In a small pan, mix all the ingredients of water roux, place in a low heat and stir constantly until the temperature reach 65C (150F), or if you do not have a thermometer, cook until ripples form. Set aside to cool by covering with a plastic film. Please see here.

Oatmeal Molasses Dough

Place ½ of the cooled water roux and all the ingredients listed under molasses dough into a mixer except for the butter. Mix until all the ingredients are together, it will slightly sticky.

Increase the speed to number 2 and continue to mix for 5 minutes.

Add the butter and continue the mixing until the dough is smooth and comes out of the mixing bowl, this will take approximately 15 minutes. You will notice that the dough will no longer be sticky.

Place the dough into a medium bowl. Cover and let it proof until the size triple from the original size.

Plain White Dough

Place remaining water roux and all the ingredients listed under white dough into a mixer except for the butter.  Mix until all the ingredients are together, it will be slightly sticky.

Practically repeat the procedure from the oatmeal molasses dough.

Add the butter like the molasses dough and continue the mixing until the dough is smooth and comes out of the mixing bowl; this will take approximately 15 minutes.

Place the dough into a medium bowl.  Cover and let it proof until the size triple from the original size.

Now it is time to shape the dough…

Knock back both dough and split each portion into two balls and let it rest for 5 minutes on the counter.

Flatten the balls using a roller pin into a rectangle of approximately 9 x 12 and layer the white dough over the molasses or vice-versa, roll it like a Swiss roll from the wider side of the rectangle.

Cut into 4 equal portions and roll it on the counter until double its length, twist and place it into the Pullman pan (4 each) and let it rise until triple of its original size.

Cover the pan and bake in a preheated oven of 350F for approximately 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and flip the bread into a wire rack to cool. Slice according to your like.

Store the bread in an airtight container.

If you enjoy this Asian inspired recipe for bread you might want to check on Black Sesame Swirl Pumpkin Bread or Matcha Swirl Sandwich Bread recipes.

Did you know that molasses is a by-product of sugar making? Most of the molasses comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. Molasses contain more nutrients that plain sugar, and like sugar contain a lot of calories.

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No-Knead French Baguette with Overnight Poolish

This is another no-knead bread recipe with a twist. The rustic baguette is airy with all size of air pocket in its crumb. The bread is soft and slightly chewy with a crunchy crust. It is perfect for you everyday sandwich.

This is such a simple recipe for no-knead bread.  Just be aware that a little planning is necessary for this recipe since it requires an overnight fermentation.

The addition of an extra step of making polish the night before is so worth it, it sure adds an extra deep flavor to the bread. Another nice thing…since the poolish is a pre-fermented dough the fermentation time of the final dough is much shorter, therefore in a fairly warm day, if you start the process early in the morning you might even have the bread ready for lunch.

This recipe calls for 80% hydration, meaning that the dough is pretty wet since for every 100g flour 80g water is added.

Ingredients:

Poolish

  • 100 g water
  • 100 g bread flour
  • 1 pinch yeast

Bread Dough

  • 150 g bread flour
  • 100 g water
  • 2 g yeast
  • 3 g salt

Method:

Poolish

The night before baking the bread, in a medium bowl place all the ingredients listed under polish.

Mix using a Danish whisk or a fork. Make sure mixture is evenly combined. Scrap the walls of the bowl and cover.

Place the mixture over the counter in a warm place of the kitchen.

Bread Dough

The polish should be all bubbly with a fresh fermentation smell. Add the water and mix gently using the Danish whisk or a fork to incorporate the water into the polish. Add the flour, yeast and salt, mixing all together. The dough will be soft and sticky.

Use a “stretch and fold” method: using a wet hand or Danish whisk, scrape a section of the dough (approximately ¼), lift and stretch it, then fold into the center of the bowl. Repeat 4 rounds around the bowl, being each round a complete circle of 4 “stretch and fold”.

Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place of the kitchen for 30 minutes. Repeat 4 rounds of “stretch and fold” and let it rest 45 minutes in between.

After the last round of “stretch and fold” let the dough rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 475F with a pan of water on the lower rack.

Gently remove the dough from the bowl over a floured surface and split the dough into approximately 2 portions.

Fold the dough over itself and roll as you push out until elongated in the form of baguette. Repeat with the other dough.

Place the baguettes on the baking couch. Dust the top of the baguette with flour and gently cover the baguettes with a plastic film.

Leave to rest for approximately 1 hour or until almost double from its original size.

Transfer the baguette on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper lightly dusted with cornmeal.

Spray the baguettes generously with water. Using a sharp scissor cut the bread making diagonal marks of approximately 45 degree, make sure to tuck in the tips.

Let it bake for 5 minutes and repeat the water spray. Another 5 minutes in the oven and spray again with water. Turn the pan around and turn the oven down to 425F so the baguettes bake evenly. Let it bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust turns brown.

I hope you enjoy this simple method to make your everyday baguette…for more bread recipes, pleas check HERE.

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Almond Croissants

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 kind of almond croissants. The great thing is that after transforming the plain croissants to almond ones I still can store them in the freezers for later enjoyment. So why not have this delicious treat ready for when you feel like?

The recipe was created based on Natasha’s Kitchen with minor variations.

Ingredients:

  • 7 to 8 large store bought croissants
  • 200 g almond flour
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 100 g butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ sliced almonds

Method:

In a small pan mix together 1 tablespoon sugar, rum and ¼ cup water. In a medium heat bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remover from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

In a stand mixer, using a whisk attachment and combine all the ingredients except the eggs. Mix well until the almond mixture is well blended and smooth. Add the eggs, one at the time making sure that egg is incorporated into the almond mixture.  Mix until the almond cream is smooth and creamy.

Now that we have the syrup and the almond cream it is time to assemble.

Slice the croissants horizontally and brush each side of the croissant with the sugar/rum syrup.

Spread the bottom of the croissant with the almond cream, approximately 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons.  Place back the top of the croissant like a sandwich.

Spread a thin layer of the almond cream over the top and sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Repeat the procedure with all the croissants.

At this point you can either bake in a preheated oven at 350F for approximately 15 minutes or place the filled croissants in a tray and freeze. Once the croissants are frozen, store in an airtight container or freezer bags for later enjoyment.

To bake the frozen croissants, remove the number of croissants you want to serve and place in a preheated oven of 350F for approximately 20 minutes or until the sliced almonds are golden.

Dust with confectionary powdered sugar before serving.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy way to give your plain croissant a twist. For more recipe using almond flour, please take a look at Frangipane Rolls or Frangipane Toast recipes.

Did you know that almond it not a true nut? Nevertheless, there are evidences that almonds can lower cholesterol, therefore improve your heart health. In spite of the fat in almond be considered a good fat, almonds should be consumed in moderation as fat is fat and too much can cause weight gain.

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Sweet Milk Raisin Bread

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 a try…

This method is widely used in Asian baked goods, as the bread using this method are moist, light and remain fresh and soft longer than the ones using conventional method. One of the hypotheses is that some sort of gelatinization occurs when a small portion of pudding paste made with flour and water is added to the dough and traps the moist.

Ingredients:

Tangzhong or water roux

  • 40 g bread flour
  • 200 g water

Bread

  • 600 g bread flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 8 g salt
  • 20 g dry milk powder
  • 8 g yeast
  • 2 eggs minus 1 tablespoon for egg wash (107g egg minus 12g)
  • 150 g heavy cream
  • 30 g water
  • 50 g butter
  • 100 g raisin
  • 2-3 tablespoons brandy
  • Swedish pearl sugar

Method:

 Water roux or Tangzhong

In a small pan, mix all the ingredients of water roux, place in a low heat and stir constantly until the temperature reach 65C (150F), or if you do not have a thermometer, cook until ripples form. Set aside to cool by covering with a plastic film. Please see here (http://coloryourrecipes.com/chocolate-marble-asian-bread-recipe/ ).

Bread dough

Before starting the bread dough soak the raisins in brandy, stir once in a while so the raisins are in contact with the brandy.

Place all the cooled water roux and all the ingredients listed under dough into a mixer except for the butter.  Mix until all the ingredients are together, it will be slightly sticky.

Increase the speed to number 2 and continue to mix for 5 minutes.

Add the butter and continue the mixing until the dough is smooth and comes out of the mixing bowl; this will take approximately 15 minutes. You will notice that the dough will no longer be that sticky.

Place the dough into a medium to large bowl.  Cover and let it proof until the size triple from the original size.

Now it is time to shape the dough…

Drain the raisins and set aside.

Knock back doughs and split the dough into two portions and each portion to 10 small balls. Flatten the balls using a roller pin, spread some raisins on it and fold into thirds. Roll it like a Swiss roll and flatten again with the roller pin. Place the flatten Swiss rolls side by side in the loaf pan.

Let the dough rise until triple of its original size.

Just before placing the loaves in the oven, prepare an egg wash with the tablespoon of egg with 2 drops of water and 1 drop of vanilla extract (if desire).

Bake in a preheated oven of 350F for approximately 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and flip the bread into a wire rack to cool. Slice according to your like.

Store the bread in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy this bread recipe using tangzhong method.

Did you know that raisins are rich in iron and potassium? Moreover, raisins are high in fiber but should be eaten in moderation due to its sugar content.

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Multigrain Sourdough Bread

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, Wild Yeast”.

If you have handy a sourdough starter you should definitely try this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 35 g sesame seed
  • 35 g flaxseed
  • 35 g hemp
  • 35 g rolled oats
  • 90 g hot water
  • 340 g sourdough starter, 100% hydration
  • 195 g bread flour
  • 95 g whole wheat flour
  • 7 g salt
  • 140 g water

Method:

Place the sesame seed, flaxseed, help and rolled oats in a small bowl and add hot water on the grain mix.  Let it sit for approximately 30 minutes until all the grains and seeds are hydrated.

In the mixing bowl with a dough hook combine all the remaining ingredients. Mix under low speed until all well combined.  Increase the speed to medium and mix for approximately 20 minutes until gluten develops.

Add the grain mix to the dough and mix until it is totally incorporated into the dough.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place it in a bowl. Cover and let it rise until the dough has double in bulk.

Once the dough has risen, transfer the dough into a lightly floured counter and divide into two pieces.

Shape the bread as you like, let it proof until it doubles in size.

Before baking the loaves, preheat the oven to 500F with a pan with water on the lower rack of the oven.

Slash the loaves and spray it with water before placing it in the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes, spraying with water on the 5 minutes mark. Turn the temperature to 450F on the last 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let it cool on the wire rack.

I hope you get to try this hearty multigrain bread using sourdough starter.

Did you know that sourdough dough is fermented by a combination of wild yeast and lactobacillus? Lactobacillus is the bacillus used to produce yogurt, sauerkraut, cheese and other fermented food products.

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