April 16th, 2009

Multigrain bread with levain and prefermented dough

We do house-sitting at my parents place during the Easter holidays. The weather was fine, so we spend a lot of time in the garden. But free days are not perfect without baking for me. I brought sourdough, seeds and grain from home, my mum has a kitchen machine and a lot of bread pans.

I was so glad that it’s really a lot of bread pans, because I underestimate the recipe. I was a little bit worried, when I looked into the bowl of the kitchen machine and saw how much dough was inside.

I end up with more then 3 kg dough, which yields 5 loaves between 500g and 1 kg. Luckily I have enough space in the freezer to freeze most of them.

I reduce the recipe for the blog, so it yields now two loaves of 750g.

The recipe is from “Advanced bread and pastry” from Michael Suas, I just replaced the rye flour with millet.

The special part of the recipe is that it uses both levain and prefermented dough, which create a very tasty bread with a light crumb. Continue reading

April 12th, 2009


I learned two years ago, that there exist a Easterbread called Colomba, when my italian collegue brought one from Italy after easter holidays with her parents. With this incredibly soft texture of the crumb unter a sugar crust it was one of the delicouse things I ever tested. To sad that my collegue did not bake at all, so she had no recipe for me.

But from that point on I wish to bake a colomba. But I learned very fast, that it is nearly impossible to get a colomba papermold in Germany (and i do not plan to buy 100 papermolds, just for baking one or two colombas per year) Continue reading

April 9th, 2009

Brioche Tropézienne

I planed to bake brioche since months. In my new favorite baking book “Advanced Bread and Pastry” I found three diffrent recipes, using no preferment, sponge or prefermented dough. I liked the sponge most because I had not to rember to put the dough into the fridge after one hour.

While filing through the diffrent recipes I found the shaping option Brioche Tropézienne. These Brioche filled with Vanillacream and with streusel topping sounds perfect for my mums birthday. So I decided to do half of the Brioche as Brioche Tropézienne.

The look of the Brioche Tropézienne turned out not as nice as I expected. Part of the streusel topping slipped of the top. Maybe because I do not bake it in small round pans  like the recipe asked for. Maybe that is a good argument for buying a muffinform, because nevertheless they taste great! Continue reading

April 2nd, 2009


Somewhere in germany, in the middle of the night: a dark figure sneaks out of the sleeping room and tiptoes into the kitchen. The alarm clock shows three o’clock. In the kitchen, the figure opens quietly cupboards and take out bowls, yeast and flour and prepares a poolish.

Then I tiptoe back to bed, think about if this is a case of “acute baking delirium“. But I plan to bake ciabatta this afternoon, so who  cares 😉

The Ciabatta that Steve from Bread cetera bake using the douple flour addition/ douple hydration, is very impressiv. White open crump, perfect crust, thats how a ciabatta should look like. And that exactly what I want to bake, too! I baked ciabatta maybe two or three times before, and was never satisfied.I had some biger air cells, but most of the crump was more or less dense. Continue reading

March 27th, 2009

Pasta with mixed Nuts

We like nuts and seeds very much. That is the reason why I collect a lot of open packages with different nuts in my cupboard. But what should I do with this very small amounts?

When I read the recipe Pasta “Cosa nostra” from Petra (Chili und Ciabatta) I thougt: Yes, that is the perfect recipe for me.

But when I checked my stock I realise, that I had everything else, but not the ingredients the recipe asked for. So I had to be creative. The result is simple but delicious. With a salad and a glass of white wine it is a perfect start into the weekend. Continue reading

March 25th, 2009

English muffins

I ran into them twice last week: here and here. And could not get them out of my head. In germany I never found something like this, just something called Toastis from the brand Golden Toast. But I bought it just once and never again. I do not like bread that taste mostly like the plastic bag it is sold in. But the pictures in the blogs look so delcious, so I thought that it would be a good idea to give them a second try.  And the muffins turned out well, a little bit sour, a little bit sweet. The recipe is a cross between the sourdough-muffins from Wild Yeast and the recipe from Le Pètrin. Continue reading

March 21st, 2009

Chocolate Orange Soufflé

I told already last week, that I plan to bake the Chocolate Orange Soufflé from IMAfoodblog . And this weekend I had the time to do it finally. But to bad I was to slow with making a picture, so thats all I can present:

As you can see we liked it very much 😀 And because I do exceptionally the recipe without changing anything,  I do not copy Nicks detailed discripton for this delicious dessert. Just go to his side and have a look by yourself.

March 18th, 2009

Mixed Seedbread and Onion/Mushroomquiche

Last weekend we were invited to the birthday party of a friend of mine. The evening before she called a little bit worried, because she realised that the party food was not vegetarian, except off salate and bread. I offered instantly to bring a quiche, pleased that I had a reason to bake.

But then I could not decide: onions or mushrooms? And I planed to bake bread also , for that I prepared already a preferment. So what to do?

But then I had an idea. Why not make one dough, then splitt it and make bread with two-thirds and the quiche with the other third? Continue reading

March 16th, 2009

BBD#18: Chapati

felt really troubled when I saw the topic of BBD#18: Quick Breads. My first though was: “But I never do quick breads. I do not LIKE quick breads.”

And the suggested variant Soda-Bread I tried once and did not like to repeat it. Bread means to me yeast and time, a lot of time! And the other recommendations like muffins, wafles and pancakes are for me no breads either, but something like cake. But this weekend I baked muffins, so I send the post to Fun & Food Blog

But then, while preparing an indian dinner, it dawns on me: chapati are quick breads! So good, that it is allowed to hand in two posts!

The recipe is in cups, what is unusual for me. But the recipe calls for cups, and that is unusual for me, too, I followed the recipe. 😉 Continue reading

March 15th, 2009

Chocolate custard muffins

I planned to try a chocolate soufflé this weekend, but I catched a mean cold (again). So I spend the whole saturday in bed, and sunday i was better, but not well enough for kitchen experiments. So I postpone the soufflé to the next weekend and choose a simple recipe instead.

I want to try the chocolate custard muffins from Dan Lepard for a long time. I just had no neutral oil, so I exchanged the oil for butter. But that did not spoil the result, the muffins are very fluffy.

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