Brunch Brisket and Challah Waffles!

 

I recently tried the challah waffles from Molly Yeh’s Molly on the Range and they were AMAZING. Slightly crispy and chewy outside, soft and fluffy inside, with chunks of pearl sugar throughout- these were pretty much like soft pretzels disguised as waffles. Aka the BEST WAFFLES EVER. Which, of course, means my husband hates them. My daughter eats them straight off the waffle iron with me though!

No joke- these are the first waffles I have ENJOYED making. They start out as little balls of dough, so there is no messy portioning or anything. They did make the waffle maker kind of sticky, but not as badly as I was expecting with the pearl sugar everywhere. You can find Molly’s challah waffle recipe here. Or in the cookbook. I wonder if I could convert these to sourdough? I smell a future experiment! Continue reading

More Sourdough!

My daughter’s favorite sourdough is “sourdough rye.” I am not convinced it actually needs to have rye, I think she just likes to say sourdough rye. My normal comfort loaf lately does include rye, so it works out.

I used half of this batch of dough for pretzels that turned out awful. Seriously, they were a disaster. I posted a photo over on my Instagram awhile ago, but I don’t even know why. I don’t want to post it here. They were so ugly and just wrong. Guess I’ll need more practice! Eventually. When I’m brave again.  The other half of the dough was used to make this-

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Not too bad I think! I’ve been working on my scoring. The new lame really helps, but I still have a ways to go. Practice makes better!

I made this one awhile ago, so I definitely don’t remember the exact recipe, but I know it was 20% rye and probably around 75ish% hydration.

 

Book Review- Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt

Does it seem like this blog has turned into a book review blog? I suppose it’s not a bad thing, but this isn’t the plan. I just get so excited to try new things that I have trouble sitting and writing about them. I’ve been way into Instagram lately too, which doesn’t help! We will just have to see how it goes. Continue reading

Sourdough Cinnamon Chocolate Twist Bread

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It’s been a whole month, where did the time go? Life gets busy I suppose. I hope you all had a good holiday!

Anyway, I’ve been finding that more and more I have been wanting to challenge myself in my baking, but I have limited time and space available. I want the most bang for my buck out of anything new I do decide to try. I love the recipes that seem hard and impressive, but really are fairly easy. This is one of those recipes, at least it is if you are used to sourdough. Continue reading

Autumn upside-down cake from the Sourdough Cookbook by Sarah Owens

Sourdough by Sarah Owens is another book I should do an actual review on. And soon. For now I’ll say I love this book. I’ve made a bunch of things from it already and it’s so nice to have things to make from my sourdough starter other than bread. Here is a poorly lit picture of the cover if you’re interested-

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First fougasse attempt

Hey friends!

One of my friends recently made some fougasse, and they were beautiful. I was jealous, so I decided to try too. That same day. Sometimes that’s how I am.

I took my Parmesan and black pepper sourdough recipe, then added some garlic powder and replaced 80% of the water with my favorite tomato sauce. Why? Because I could, that’s why! It made the dough a little tricky to work with, but it wasn’t super sticky or anything. I watched a bunch of youtube videos, then decided to follow the easiest looking one, which was not the smartest idea I’ve ever had as my dough was DEFINITELY NOT THE SAME. Somehow I did manage to get my dough somewhat shaped and into the pans and then into the oven. Continue reading

Book Review- Molly on the Range recipes and stories from an unlikely life on a farm by Molly Yeh

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You know those people who are so over-the-top happy all the time that you just kind of have to hate them a little? First glance at the cover of this book and you might think Molly Yeh is one of them, but she is definitely NOT one of those people. In almost every photo I have seen of her, in her book and elsewhere, she has a gigantic smile. It’s infectious somehow! Combined with her personable writing (it’s like she’s talking to a friend, for real. Hi Molly! Let’s be friends!) and her honest real talk (mentions of lunchables, a recipe for hot dog cheese, a note that cheap olive oil tastes like peepee- these gems and many more can be found in here) this book comes together into something quite lovely. The author runs the blog my name is yeh which I have just recently discovered, and I think she’s kind of awesome. She grew up in the suburbs in the 90’s (like me!), moved to the city, then moved again to the country where she is now learning to love the farming life. She’s traveled a bit, and had some quite adventurous foodie experiences in college. Together with her strong ties to her Jewish/Chinese heritage I believe Molly Yeh has a unique perspective. Her humor pulls everything together to create a thoroughly charming and enjoyable reading experience. Continue reading

Book Review- Power Vegetables by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach

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If you love the ridiculousness that is Lucky Peach there is a good chance you will love Power Vegetables! Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach. This book is quirky, silly, but also informative. The  premise of the book is to present easy, weeknight vegetable dishes with real flavor for people looking to eat meals that are more veggie centric. There are no pasta recipes, egg-on-it dishes, or grain bowls. There are plenty of those types of recipes out there in the world right now, and this book wants to be innovative, giving NEW ideas for dinner. That said, there is a note saying most anything in the book (or leftovers!) could be eaten over pasta or as part of a grain bowl. The author’s focus will just be on other things. The book also makes a point to say that from the author’s perspective fish and dairy are ok. While the author wants to show how awesome veggies can be this book is not a super strict “you must eat this way” type of book. Oh, and just in case you are a stickler for produce classification there is a note saying that fruits are vegetables as well. Cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, etc.- all are treated as vegetables for this book. That’s ok with me! Continue reading