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Rye Beer Bread September 23, 2008

Filed under: Breads,German Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 8:49 pm

  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature beer
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine rye flour, beer, and yeast in a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set out overnight. Do not refrigerate.
  2. The next day, add sugar, salt, shortening, and egg; beat with mixer until smooth. Stir in caraway seeds, if wanted. Add enough white bread flour to make a soft dough.
  3. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, approximately 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to oil the surface of the dough. Let rise in warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled.
  4. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Shape into round or oblong loaves, and place on greased baking sheets sprinkled with corn meal. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool on racks.
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Sun Dried Tomato and Provolone Bread September 18, 2008

Filed under: Breads,Italian Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 5:06 am

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Provolone Piccante
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion
2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/3 cup drained and chopped Il Forteto sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons of the oil from the Il Forteto sun dried tomato jar
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
2 garlic cloves, pealed and minced, sauteed in 2 tablespoons of oil from Sun Dried Tomato jar
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
1 1/4 cups, buttermilk
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts, toasted lightly

Directions:
1• Into a large bowl sift together the flour, the baking powder, the salt, and the baking soda.
2• Add the provolone, the scallion, the parsley, the rosemary, the pepper, and the sun-dried tomatoes, and toss the mixture well.
3• In a small bowl whisk together the shortening, the sun-dried tomato oil, and the sugar until the mixture is smooth.
4• Add the garlic, the eggs, and the buttermilk, and blend mixture until it is combined well.
5• Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture with the nuts and stir the batter until it is just combined.
6• Divide the batter among 3 well-buttered 6×3 inch loaf pans, smoothing the tops, and bake the loaves in the middle of a preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
7• Let the loaves cool in the pans for 5 minutes, loosen the edges with a knife, and turn the loaves out onto a rack

 

Italian bread recipe

Filed under: Breads,Italian Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 5:01 am

Ingredients

3 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
7 cups all-purpose flour

Directions
1• Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water and let proof.
2• Stir in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
3• Beat in the salt and then add enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until as soft and smooth as a bambino’s behind. Turn in a greased bowl, cover, and let double in size. (I put it in the oven with the light on – perfect rising temperature.)
4• Once doubled, punch down and divide into three. Place back in the bowl, cover, and let rise.
5• Once doubled again, punch down and form into three fat “footballs.” Grease heavy cookie sheets and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the bread on the sheets, cover with a towel, and let rise.
6• Once risen, mist with water and place in a preheated 450 degrees F  oven. Mist loaves with water and turn occasionally while they bake. Bread is done when golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Makes three (3) loafs.

 

Foccacia bread recipe

Filed under: Breads,Italian Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 5:01 am

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella

Directions
1• In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
2• When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
3• Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
4• Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

 

Pizza Dough

Filed under: Breads,Italian Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 4:58 am

As a rule 1 1/2 cups of flour makes a regular thin crust 16″ pizza. For a thicker 16″ pizza used 2 cups of flour.

This recipe is for 4 thin crust 16″ pizza’s.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon dry yeast
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tenderflake or crisco (tenderflake gives golden colour)
6 to 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (depending on your thickness)
2 teaspoons fine salt
2 eggs
half cup milk
half cup 7-up or soda
warm water as needed for soft, medium texture when mixing flour

Description:
1• Put the yeast, sugar, olive oil, tenderflake, two eggs, milk and 7-up into a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves and the liquid appears creamy.
2• In a large bowl add the flour, salt and the mixture. Gently mix with hands or electric dough mixer and add warm water as neede until a soft, medium texture is achieved.
5• Once the dough blends well together and has a smooth texture remove it from bowl and roll it into a long sausage shape and cut in 4 even slices.
6• Knead the dough until it is smooth, springy, pliant into 4 balls.
This should take about 5 to 8 minutes. Return the dough on a oiled pan and cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled.
Rising generally taken 2 to 3 hours . Makes four large 16 inch pizzas

 

German-Style Weck Rolls September 17, 2008

Filed under: Breads,German Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 7:21 pm

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cold milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the shortening, salt and 3 cups flour; beat well for 2 minutes. Fold in egg whites. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch down, cover and let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly oiled surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and form into rounds. Use a rolling pin to flatten each piece into a 7 inch circle. Fold left side to center to form a flap. Halfway down flap fold again to center to form another flap. Repeat all the way around to make overlapping flaps. Lift the first flap to ease the last flap underneath. Press center to seal the dough. Place rolls seam side down and 3 inches apart onto a well greased baking sheets. This helps the rolls to keep their shape. Let rise 30 minutes, turn right side up, let rise 15 more minutes. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and place a shallow pan on the bottom shelf of the oven.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together the milk with the remaining egg white. Lightly brush the rolls with this egg wash. Place 1 cup of ice cubes in the heated pan in oven.
  5. Bake rolls immediately in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Move to wire racks to cool.
 

German Brotchen Rolls

Filed under: Breads,German Recipes,Recipes — Azra @ 7:08 pm

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1 egg white (for egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons cold milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit until creamy; about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix in shortening, salt and 3 cups of the flour. Beat with dough whisk or heavy spoon for 2 minutes. Fold in egg whites. Gradually add flour 1/4 cup at a time, until dough forms a mass and begins to pull away from bowl. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead, adding more flour as necessary, for 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic with bubbles.
  3. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Deflate the dough, form into a round and let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and form into oval rolls about 3 1/2 inches long. Place on lightly greased baking sheets, cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
  5. Place an empty baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white with the 2 tablespoons of milk to make the egg wash. Lightly brush the risen rolls with the egg wash. Place 1 cup of ice cubes on the hot baking sheet in the oven and immediately place the rolls in the oven.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool