Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 29th, 2011

“Normal” Rolls

BrötchenIn the different regions of Germany plain rolls have different names: In the north they are called “Rundstücke”, in the South “Semmeln” or “Wecken” and in the East they are called “Schrippen” or “Doppelte”, and in the West, were I live, we call them “Brötchen”. But as a friend who has to travel a lot told me some days ago, as long as you asked for “Normal” you will get what you want in every bakery.

I still try to create rolls with a fluffy and soft crumb. I will not give up this aim, someday I will get the ingredients in the perfect ratio like it work for the sandwich bread, too.

My newest attempt include some egg white, a little bit of milk and butter. I used some Pâte fermentée and knead until the gluten is fully developed.  The crumb is already much better then before, it is evenly regulary and softer then before, but not as soft as I whished for. The rolls proofed nicely and had a good oven spring. Pulling them out of the oven they started directly to “sing” when the crust cracked because of the soft crumb which shrink when the bread cool down.

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September 22nd, 2011

Potato bread with walnuts

Kartoffelbrot mit WalnüssenMy colleagues and me used the sunny warm Friday last week to light a fire in our barbecue in our lunchbreak  – probably for the last time this year. We grill all the left overs we had frozen the last times and spend a nice hour in our garden, relaxing after a long week. As a side dish we prepared potatoes which we roasted in the fire. We finished nearly everything, at the end there were only five potatoes left. I do not like to throw away good food so I take this potatoes home and put them into a bread.

I added roasted walnuts, whole wheat flour and some whole rye flour (just a little bit so that my stomach will not complain). As a preferment I chose Pâte Fermentée, which adds a nice flour. I put the bread with the seamside down into the breadform, so the crust will crack in an irregular pattern during the ovenspring. This made a delicious rustic bread, which fits perfectly to sunny days in the beginning of autumn.

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September 10th, 2011

Raspberry Scones

Himbeer-SconesWe were invited to a Brunch on Saturday. And because I don’t like to go to an invitation without offering to contribute something to eat I asked the hostess if she need something. She told me that something sweet would be nice and so I decided to bake Raspberry Scones.

I saw a recipe for blueberry scones at Seelenwerk and the pictures Mila take were so mouthwatering. The recipe is from” Baking with Leila” from Leila Lindholm and this is a cookbook I own, too! It never tempted me so much but when I read the recipe in the book. Its good that we have blogs, too!

The original recipe asked for grated lemon peel and blueberries but I was in the mood for raspberries and so I decided to replace the blueberries with frozen raspberries and lemon peel with orange peel.

The dough is easy to prepare and the scones are fast to prepare and fast to bake.

It was the first time I bake scones and I am very pleased with the result. A recipe I will bake again for sure!

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September 4th, 2011


Sonntagsstuten In this Region of Germany we call sweet Bread baked in a loaf pan “Stuten”. There are different kinds of Stuten, some are prepared with raisins, other are plain and seldom you can get one made with almonds. I like the one with raisins – Rosinenstuten – very much, but because some person of this household don’t like them I decided to bake a plain one when I were longing for a soft sweet bread last weekend. I used Pâte fermentée as a preferment like  in the other Braids und ChallahRezepten because it adds a nice flavour and give strength to the gluten network. And like in the soft Sandwich bread or the Butternut-Squash Bread recipes a strong gluten network is a key for a fluffy bread with a regular. The bread has a very rich taste because of vanilla and lots of butter added to the dough. Just the kind of bread I like for Sunday morning breakfast.

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