The Baking Thread

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  1. Dreamscaper

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    That sounds absolutely wonderful. Upload pics of ze muffins so we can fawn over the beautiful creations!
     
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    Alas, I did not take pics. Yet I was planning on making more tomorrow anyway to use up the rest of the pureed pumpkin so I'll see what I can do. :D
     
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    Yay! :D

    Family has returned for the next few months so I probably won't be baking much as I will have little need to. We'll see if I can get some inspiration to around Christmas break.
     
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    Christmas is the best excuse to bake ever!
     
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    I baked some mini banana and white choc chip muffins to give to the neighbours, and for us at home I made this carrot cake, complete with icing. The amount of icing it says to make with this cake is stupidly ridiculously amazedumb, if you put it all on the top just after beating it would all slop off the side, and would then be like a cake with an icing high-top. So I cut the cake in half and put maybe 40% of the icing in the middle of the cake.
    The icing is a lot whiter, the lighting in my kitchen has added the yellow discolouration.

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    Damn this sucker is heavy!!! Tastes pretty good too :D
     
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    The neighbour's daughter down the road is allergic to most nuts so I have to be careful what I give them when I bake. Almonds are okay apparently, but not the usual peanuts and cashews.
    To me, food is for sharing so often I'll bake something that is way too big for us to finish (without becoming little fat piggies!) so I cut it in half and give it to them, nice mum with 2 kids a bit older than my 2 who they play with regularly. Good old fashioned neighbourhood socialising :)
     
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    Looks wonderful Mub! I need to move down the street from you, such a good neighbor!
     
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    mmmmm .... carrot cake is the best!

    and here's one for Dreamscaper who requested a pic of the pumpkin spice muffins....

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    They don't look like much but they sure taste good. :)
     
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    Beautiful muffins!


    All your inspiration and suggestions have been noted and googled and bookmarked. Thank you!! :) But this week I just have enough time for gingerbread-pralines(is that even an english word?).
     
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    I'm getting in the car, where am I driving to SJ? :D

    Seriously those look wonderful!
     
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    Thank ye RW, and we wanna see pics of your inspired creations when you make them. :)

    Just follow the smell and you'll find them Dreamscaper. All that cinnamon, nutmeg and other stuff makes them smell heavenly. :)
     
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    I'm so excited! After 4 years without an oven (I used to have a kind of microwave/oven hybrid, but the oven always burned everything on the top while the rest was still cold) I'm finally getting a toaster oven today, so I can finally bake at my place. I bought 35€ worth of baking ingredients and bakeware yesterday, so I'm prepared! Can't wait to try it out. :D
     
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    We can't wait to see what you make Firi!
     
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    Oh, I started with very simple things. I first made some bread with a baking mixture, but it burned at the bottom because I had misread one of my oven's settings...

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    This was my prototype - spelt bread with a few sunflower seeds that I added to the mixture. It was really tasty - I only had to cut off the burnt bottom :D
    And after my oven had passed the bread baking test, I made a chocolate cake (that, according to the recipe, was a Polish chocolate cake, although I have no idea what made it Polish). Nothing special, but like I said, I started with simple recipes.

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    Oh, and my oven mitts were eager to make the oven's acquaintance...

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    Yesterday I used the rest of my spelt baking mixture to make another bread, and it looked much better this time:

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    Only this time it's not as soft as the first one. Could that have to do with how long I kneaded it? Does anyone know how to make bread a little softer inside?
     
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    yummy!

    Softer? Not sure. Eggs are supposed to help with making it fluffier and a higher rise and sugar speeds up the rising process. I think letting it rise for longer helps as well.

    If you kneaded it long enough it should be fine. I only think if the kneading was too short and the gluten fibers weren't broken down enough that rising and fluffiness might be impeded. Are you kneading by hand or mechanical? I know you can overdo it with mechanical kneading though.
     
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    I did it mechanically, but I'm sure I kneaded the first one (the softer one) a little longer. Next time I'll try to do it by hand, and then I won't use a baking mixture, so if you have any good recipes, let me know. :D
     
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    It's all up to personal taste really, lol.

    I think I'm actually missing where my last recipe went o_O
    From memory... roughly

    2 cups flour
    1 cup milk
    yeast packet
    smattering of salt (I've never actually measured this, just put a loose layer on top of everything >.<)
    2 eggs
    2 tablespoons olive oil (Butter replacement)
    2-3 tablespoons of honey (Refined sugar replacement)
    1/4 cup of spices (total, roughly. Nutmeg, Ginger, and Clove)
    tablespoon of hemp seed
    tablespoon of sesame seed
    Cinnamon

    1) Put in dry ingredients except cinnamon and sesame seeds
    2) Put in olive oil before the honey (helps the honey slide off the measuring spoon), add liquid ingredients
    3) Knead by hand for 8-10 minutes, adding as much flour as is necessary. This usually makes a very wet mixture, almost batter, so probably need to add in more flour to start
    4) Let rise for about an hour, should double in size
    5) After first rise flatten the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon liberally on the flattened dough. Roll it up. The tighter it gets rolled the more swirls
    6) Let rise for another hour
    7) Make cuts into the bread. Beat an egg and glaze it with the egg.
    8) Add sesame seeds
    9) Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.
     
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    Lots of muffin and cake mixes say "don't overwork the batter or it will be very dense." Not sure how that relates to bread, I've never tried baking bread you know. Might have to give it a go.

    I like baking cakes, and I like eating them, but I also don't want to become a fatty poombah, so i don't do it too often as a self control mechanism :D
     
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    Thank you! I might give your recipe a try next time. :)
    However, I'm never sure how large the cups are that are used for these recipes. That's a problem I always have when I use recipes from, let's say, the Anglophone world. Over here we always weigh the ingredients instead of using cups.

    Oh, same here. My s.o. loves eating cakes at least as much as I do, and he's the main reason I bake cakes. He doesn't get fat, whereas I do easily, so I usually give him a large part of what I make. I don't think it helps as much as I'd like, but it's something.
     
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    How did I not see this thread earlier! I love baking all kinds of fun goodies though making bread still alludes me. o_O
     
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