Wednesday, May 30, 2007
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
3 C bread flour
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs nonfat dry milk
2 ts salt
1 1/2 ts instant yeast
1 large egg
1 1/2 C + 2 tbs water
Combine flours, sugar, dry milk, salt and yeast in a large bowl with paddle attachment.
Beat together egg and water and add to dry ibgredients on low speed. Mix till dough comes together and turn onto floured surface and knead lightly. Pat dough into 9 in square and wrap loosely in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
2 C butter, softened but still cool to the touch
1/3 C whole wheat pastry flour
Mix butter and flour till smooth and blended. LIghtly flour plastic wrap, place butter/flour mixture on it and pat into 8 in square and cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
On a well floured surface, roll out dough to 20 x 10 inches and place butter/flour mixture onto the dough. (place so that the corners of the butter is in between the centers of the corners of the dough, like a diamond). Wet edges of dough with water and pinch seams of dough together to seal. Roll out to 20 x 10 in. Fold the bottom third up to the center and fold the top third over the bottom. Turn 90 degrees and wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Do this 3 more times. Allow dough to rest overnight.
Then I got up at 5:45 am, surprising more awake than when I have to get up for work at the same tim. :-) Ahh, perhaps this really means that culinary school might be for me. *fingers crossed*
Place 2 tbs of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks in the center of each and fold like a letter and press to seal the bottom. Grease a baking sheet and place on baking sheet, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Brush tops of crossiants with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until golden brown 15 - 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
1/4 C heavy cream
1 tbs light corn syrup
1/2 C chopped chocolate
Bring cream and syrup to simmer. Pour over chocolate and stir till smooth Drizzle glaze on cooled crossiants.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Originally I had decided to make a philly cheesesteak sandwich for Brandon for dinner one night but he didn't sound too thrilled at the idea, so instead I used the thinnly cut meat to grill up some steak roll-ups.
3 slices thinnly sliced steak
1/4 of a red pepper, sliced into strips
1/4 of a green pepper, sliced into strips
1/4 of an odwalla/sweet onion, sliced into strips
McCormicks Montreal steak seasoning
Sautee peppers and onions with some olive oil till almost cooked through.
Place some veges down the middle of the length of the each steak, roll up and secure with toothpicks. Rub steak with olive oil and use montreals seasoning and rub outside liberally with it.
Heat Grill and before placing steak roll-ups onto grill, oil the grill with a paper towel soaked with olive oil. (Use tongs to hold paper towel). Grill on each side until cooked through.
Serve on a bed of salad.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Meanwhile, here is the transformation of our baby Zoe:
Chewing on her bone from a different angle
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
As I stare at the mixing bowl, now almost glistening clean, I realise that I have licked a little more of the remaining batter than I should have. I don't know what my problem is (Zoe our rottie pup just cried cause she is biting her own foot) but I always do it even though right after I feel so nasty. I guess I'm a sucker for batter. Blah.
Anyways, the other day though I felt very lazy I finally decided to suck it up and start on making some french bread. This recipe takes SO long but it turned out so well every time I've made it that it's so worthwhile in the end.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
So I made this for Brandon.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I came across a very well liked foodblog lately and have been so thrilled with the recipes that Peabody posts. They all look so delicious and the photography makes me drool. So when I saw her Peabody's Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread, I just HAD to make it. It looked so moist and I am a huge fan of oatmeal. The only thing was I didn't have whole wheat flour since I can't have whole wheat with IBS, so without thinking I had added the same amount of liquid called for even though I used white flour, so obviously I had to add another cup of flour before it formed into a ball. I'm such a scatterbrain sometimes. Naturally I had more dough than I needed for the loaf, so I was able to make 4 rolls out of it for Brandons dinner. :-) Hey, it worked out well!
Isn't weird how taste buds change as you grow? I used to hate oatmeal as a child and now I eat it every other night for dinner. Likewise the things I loved when I was young, just do not sound appealing anymore. So is life I suppose.
* I did subsitute the buttermilk for soymilk mixed with apple cider.
She also got microchipped, her nails trimmed, a distemper shot and a rabies shot, plus 6 months supply of heartworm and flea solution, along with a poop sample...and it came down to almost $200.00. How is a dog more high maintanence than me? lol. She does have a cute cute girly face.