Last week Steph of Kleiner Kuriositätenladen baked granola bars for the Blogevent “Essen für Unterwegs” (which I hosted this month). Her recipe contains cranberries but no nuts. I wanted my own granola bars, but I wanted something with nuts, something with almonds and apricots.
So I did a research at Tastespotting and after reading some recipes I had a plan. I combined details of different recipes: oat meal, rolled oats, almonds, apricots, some seeds. Then I add some egg white to the mixture to improve the texture.
Bread Baking Day’s Topic is “Breads with a Twist” and its hostess is Natashya form Living in the kitchen with puppies. While still thinking about a recipe I saw a show on TV where they explained how to make “Burger pretzels”. This is a local speciality which is selled mostly around the castle Schloss Burg and which is part of the “Bergische Kaffeetafel”. This is a tradition similar to afternoon tea in Greatbritain. The “Bergische Kaffeetafel” is served with Coffee from the Dröppelminna, the dark rye Schwarzbrot, sweet white bread called Stuten or Platz, heartshaped waffles, rice pudding with sugar and cinnamon, Burger pretzels, curd, sugar beet molasses, cheese and bacon.
This preztels have not the typical form of a pretzel we know from South Germany but its ends are twisted for four times.
The oven was broken this week (he is repaired now, but I will tell about this later) but luckily we own the small pizza oven Alfredo and could bake our Dinnete!
Dinnete is the swabian variation of Tarte Flambee. It is a flatbread topped with sour cream and onions, potatoes, bacon or cheese. We decided to try a combination of thin potato slices, onions and cheese.
My boyfriend look a little bit unhappy when I told that I would like to top the Dinnete with potato slices, but the taste of the baked Dinnete won him over.
This is a recipe we will bake again!
I am counting the days until my broken oven will be repaired. Luckily the repair is not so expensiv,it will cost us around 90 Euro.
My phone call with the service was funny. After I explained the problem the service man explained: “I think the fuse is not burned out. It is just a little bit scorched. But it has to be repaired!” I agreed with him because that’s why I called him! 😉
And as long as I can not bake I focus in other things. Cleaning the kitchen got boring after some time so I did a photo shooting with some hot peppers I bought.
… because our oven is broken. When I turn it on today to bake our lunch it smells like burned plastic and when the temperature reached 180°the oven turned off. I know this problem because the same thing happens two years ago (at 13.May 2008 says my notice on the bill) when the oven was just one and a half year old. I am so angry and frustrated! Tomorrow I have to call the service and asked how expensive it would be to repair the oven.
Luckily I have enough bread in the freezer and the stove is still working so I can cook at least.
… or the pizza dough who wanted to be a bread.
I just planed to bake a simple pizza. But after JT’s delicious rustic bread I though that I should try another pizza dough variation with Sourdough and Poolish. And after kneading I could already feel how good the result would be. The gluten structure was very nice and the dough rose very good. After folding the dough the first time I knew this dough has to become a bread.
Ketex posted last weekend a recipe for Baguettes with Bean flour. Searching the internet I learned that in french baguettes 2% of Bean flour are allowed.
Bean flower contains a lot of lecithin which improves the structure of the dough, let the bread rise higher and makes a crispy crust. But I thought that it was to expensive to order a packet bean flower for 7 Euro just for a little bit playing around with dough. So started thinking. I had some dry azuki beans in the pantry and the manual of my mill claimed that it can also crack corn (I never tried it). But who can crack corn can also brake beans. And so I throw a handful beans in the mill and get out a nice fine flour. I would not recommend to try it with a mill with stone mill stone but with my mill constructed from steel it was no problem.
Wild garlic is still in and so some pepole wrinkle their noses if you admit that you like wild garlic, too. But luckily I do not have to run after trends and I do not have to run away from trends. I just eat what I like.
And I like wild garlic very much, so I was very happy when I found some in our Greenbag last week. Instantly I began to plan what to cook with it.
We had no homemade ravioli for a long time, so we decided that we would like to have some wild garlic ravioli. But when I check our fridge I realize that we had only two eggs left and that was the amount I needed for the dough. So I needed a filling without egg. Looking around in the kitchen I saw some bread that was going to become stale on the counter. Some months ago I bookmarked a recipe for ravioli with a bread filling on Mestolo (and I have not cooked it untill now). I take the inspiration for the filling there and mix a filling containing bread, wild garlic and a little bit cream. I soak the bread before in hot water to soften it.