Happy Acres Baking

The last week has been busy with lots of baking. I finally finished my biscotti baking with six different kinds. I baked the Triple Cinnamon Pecan biscotti, and the other five were just variations on this basic recipe. The top light one is the almond biscotti with no substitutions. Knocking out three batches in an…

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HB in Five Master Recipe

I know I’ve not kept up with the HB in Five baking group. I really intended on baking my way through the book this year with them, but it just didn’t happen. I did bake a couple loaves this past week to have with my vegetable soup. If you’ve still not tried this technique and…

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HB in Five: Turkish-Style Pita Bread

This week one of our challenges was making Turkish-Style Pita Bread. This uses the master recipe dough from this book. I didn’t have black sesame seeds so I used regular sesame and poppy seeds. Here is a closer look at the crumb. I was expecting a pita which is much thinner. This turned out with…

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HB in Five: Chocolate Espresso WW Cupcakes

This week, one of the baking challenges involved the Chocolate Espresso Whole Wheat Brioche dough. I just couldn’t resist making cupcakes! I didn’t have bittersweet chocolate so I substituted semisweet chocolate chips. Well, I asked my expert taste tester and head chef Dave what he thought about this recipe. He agreed with me that this…

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HB in Five – Olive Spelt and Carrot Bread

This week our HB in Five Bread Challenge included two great recipes: Olive Spelt Bread and Carrot Bread. The first bread I tackled was the Olive Spelt, which I made into buns. This recipe calls for twice the amount of spelt to unbleached all purpose flour. If you are not familiar with spelt flour, it’s…

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HB in Five Mid-March Buns

This week for our HB in Five Bread Challenge we made two great breads – Avocado-Guacamole Bread and Pesto Pine Nut Bread. Both of these were great breads – easy and fun to make. Unlike the others in the group, I have just been making buns because that’s what we like to eat with soup,…

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Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Rolls

I’ve not been keeping up with the Healthy Breads in Five group. It seems like I just haven’t taken the time to make the dough which is so easy to do. Anyway, today¬† I finally completed one of the breads for March. This is the 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil. For the recipe…

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It’s about the right gadgets

Last week I was working on the first baking challenge in the Healthy Breads in Five Minutes (HBin Five) – Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers. I emailed the group about my failure – my crackers were pillows of bread instead of crispy crackers. Michelle, our fearless leader, suggested that I needed to just practice rolling…

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Pumpkin Pie Brioche Revisited

I baked my second loaf of this brioche yesterday and had much better results. I let the dough warm up a bit longer, and made sure my oven was at 350, not assuming it was! I also divided the dough into two small loaves. It’s not my favorite bread, but was fun to try. I…

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