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Panini with pepper crust

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 24, 2022, In : bread 

This small batch doesn't need much proving time, so you can prepare in the morning and have your fresh rolls for lunch. Gino D'Acampo adds a spicy pepper topping to these plain rolls. Everything in this pic is homemade - even the plate! From my garden are the lettuce and beetroot, and the rocket from which I made pesto, and the eggs are from our chooks.

Makes 6 rolls

230 g strong white flour

7 g fast-action dried yeast or active yeast

1 tsp salt

140 ml warm water (40C)

olive oil for brushing


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Hot dog rolls

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 21, 2022, In : bread 

What a difference a yeast makes. I had been using some old yeast and was wondering why my bread wasn't looking like the Instagram pictures. So make sure your yeast hasn't expired, fork out on a new jar if it's been in your pantry too long. These all-white rolls are so soft and makes your hot dog extra special.

Makes 10

200 ml warm milk (40C)

125 ml warm water

7 g active dried yeast

25 g / 2 Tbsp sugar

560 g / 4 1/2 c white flour

1 tsp salt

25 ml / 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten
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Toffee apple buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 20, 2022, In : bread 

Thank you Jamie Oliver for being there when I had some spare apples and needed a one-pan bun recipe. These are cinnamon buns with an added fruity freshness and sticky toffee goodness. I didn't have any dried apple so just used a bit more fresh apple.

Makes 12

7 g dried yeast

300 ml warm water (40C)

500 g white flour

1 tsp sea salt

4 apples

100 g dried apple slices, optional

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

100 g demerara sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

100 g soft butter

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Rye loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, In : bread 

I do love a rye every now and then. It's a sturdy loaf with lots of flavour and tastes great with all sorts of rich toppings - even leftover curry. I shaped a round loaf but oblong is equally good. This is a traditional recipe from Gino D'Acampo's grandfather (Italian Home Baking, Kyle Books, 2011).

250 g rye flour

200 g white flour

2 tsp salt

10 g dried yeast

150 ml warm water

130 ml milk

2 tsp honey

In a large bowl mix the flours, salt and yeast. Make a well in the centre and pour in the water, mil...

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Fig & walnut loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 17, 2022, In : bread 

This is one of those loaves that you can knead in a food processor and bake in a casserole dish - minimum handling required. It's from Donna Hay's One Pan Perfect (Fourth Estate, 2021). Donna likes to eat slices with ricotta and honey. I think any kind of cheese will go well. We went to a fancy restaurant recently and had baked camembert served with fig & walnut bread. It was divine.

2 1/2 c warm water

1 Tbsp honey

1 tsp dry yeast

3 1/2 c (560 g) white spelt flour

3 1/2 c (420 g) wholemeal flour

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No knead seed bread

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, In : bread 

This bread recipe couldn't be easier with absolutely no kneading whatsoever. The Ripe Deli recipe includes lots of nutritious seeds and enriching molasses as well.

Yeast starter

150 ml warm water

1 Tbsp dry yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp flour


1 1/2 c flour

1 1/2 c wholemeal flour

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c pumpkin seeds (reserve 1 Tbsp for topping)

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed or LSA mix

1 1/2 tsp salt

325 ml water

1 Tbsp molasses

1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil

Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

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Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, May 7, 2022, In : bread 

Borek is a Turkish bread stuffed with savoury yumminess. I used spinach and cheese but you can experiment with any flavours you like - curried potato or pumpkin, spicy chickpeas... They also make borek using filo or puff pastry.


300 g flour

2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

30 ml olive oil

125 ml warm milk

125 ml warm water


100 g spinach leaves (or kale, silverbeet)

boiling water

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

200 g grated cheese of choice (choose one or a mix of tasty, ...

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Milk buns

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 22, 2022, In : bread 

This is an Italian recipe for panini al latte and it makes lovely soft rolls, just perfect with butter.

Makes 8 medium or 10 small

7 g dried yeast

250 ml warm milk

500 g flour

50 g caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

100 g butter, softened

1 egg, beaten

In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in 3 Tbsp of warm milk. Add 30 g of flour and 1 tsp sugar. Mix and knead until you have a small dough. Flour the bowl and place dough inside. Cover and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.

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Vegan hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 8, 2022, In : bread 

Easy buns! For us non-religious types, why don't we make hot cross buns all throughout the year and just call them not cross buns?

Makes 12

500 g flour

2 1/2 tsp dried yeast

1/4 c caster sugar

1 1/4 c mixed dried fruit (I used mixed peel and prunes)

1 Tbsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 Tbsp apple sauce

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 c dairy-free milk

1/2 c warm water


2 Tbsp flour

3 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp apricot jam

In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, fruit and spices. 

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Garlic and herb bubble loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 8, 2022, In : bread 

This is a fun loaf to make. The balls seem really small but they expand nicely to form buttery buns in the loaf tin.

1/2 c warm water

2 1/4 tsp active dried yeast

1 Tbsp honey or sugar

2 Tbsp softened butter

1/2 c sour cream or yoghurt

3 c flour

1 1/2 ts salt

Garlic herb butter:

1/2 c butter, softened or melted

4 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 tsp dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley (use a mix if you like)

Stir the water, yeast and sweetener in a bowl and leave for 5 minutes until frothy. Mi...

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No-knead focaccia

Posted by Frances Chan on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, In : bread 

Overnight proving makes this a low-effort, high-reward bread. You don't even need get your hands dirty. Great video instructions are on

This is a plain focaccia but you can add flavour bursts to your dough such as herbs, olives, sundried tomatoes - any Mediterranean antipasti and even grapes go well in focaccia. 

2 1/2 c lukewarm water

2 1/4 tsp active dried yeast

2 tsp honey

5 c /625 g flour (I used wheat and spelt)

1 Tbsp salt

4 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp olive oil

sea salt flakes


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Banana buns

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 13, 2021, In : bread 

These cute little buns use bananas as the sweetener, no sugar added, no kneading needed.

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 egg

2 Tbsp butter, melted

350 g flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c raisins

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the yeast, egg and butter until fully combined. Stir in the raisins, then the flour and salt until a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl, and let dough prove until double in size - up to 1 1/2 hours.

Line a 20 x 20 cm cake tin with baking paper. Punch down dough and knea...

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Apricot tea bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, November 7, 2021, In : bread 

I wanted to make an easy sweet loaf that featured the lovely unsulphured apricots I get from Ceres. Decided to riff on a yeast-free, gluten-free, dairy-free version to prove it can be done and it uses beer as a raising agent. You can make a plain loaf by omitting the apricots and honey and increasing the salt to 1 Tbsp. This is adapted from Pure Delicious by Heather Christo (Pam Krauss Books, 2016).

1/2 c dried apricots, chopped

1/4 c water

4 c flour of choice (I used a GF wholemeal mix)

1 1/2 ts...

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Cardamom buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 4, 2021, In : bread 

I always thought cardamom buns would take too much effort to make, considering I can get an excellent one at a cafe near me in Auckland. But being in this extended lockdown has prompted me to tackle more adventurous baking. I was also inspired by a friend who lives in Europe and is currently holidaying in Sweden, the land of the free. She's been frequenting the konditorei and enjoying some authentic Scandinavian fika. I'm pretty happy with my efforts here and I can tell you the taste of freed...
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Loaf with fennel seeds

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, In : bread 

This is your basic bread dough but the addition of fennel seeds and butter gives it a subtle flavour and soft texture. If you don't have fennel you could use sesame, poppy or cumin.

450 g flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp granulated sugar

10 g active dried yeast

1 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed

280 ml warm water

30 g butter, melted

1 egg white

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast and 1/2 tsp of fennel. Make a well in the centre and pour in water and butter. Mix until a shaggy dough comes tog...

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Stuffed bread with antipasto

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, In : bread 

As an antidote to all these sweet cakes I've been baking, I wanted to make a substantial bread stuffed with choice antipasto flavours. Jamie Oliver's basic bread recipe is easy, and you can fill with whatever vegetables or meat you fancy. He uses 1 kg of flour and it makes a huge loaf! So you can halve the recipe if you don't need to feed a crowd.

1 kg flour

625 ml tepid water

3 x 7 g sachets dried yeast / 30 g fresh yeast

2 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar


8 boiled eggs

300 g cheese, grated (I used P...

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Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 23, 2021, In : bread 

I cannot believe how easy it is to make croissants at home, thanks to a recipe on Baking a Moment. Instead of having to roll out sheets of 'butter block' to put between the dough, you just add thin slices of butter at the beginning. No kneading or chilling over night either, you can make them in one day. OK, they're not as perfect as professionally made ones but you can still achieve lamination of dough layers and a crisp, buttery croissant.

Makes 20
4 c flour
1/3 c sugar
4 tsp active dry yeast
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Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 20, 2021, In : bread 

From left: Wheat baguettes; spelt baguettes

I came across this excellent no-knead recipe on Baking a Moment. Creating steam in the oven produces a crunchy crust. I added slightly more yeast for the spelt version. This is the start of a week of baking in memory of France. We had tickets booked to Paris for July 2020, would have been our first trip back in 10 years. Really hoping it's not another 10 years before I can savour real French bread and pastries again.

Makes 4 small loaves

1/4 c warm wat...

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Brioche scrolls 2.0

Posted by Frances Chan on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, In : bread 

I first made brioche scrolls in during 2020's lockdown. It's not surprising I've had cravings for enriched dough again, since I haven't been able to purchase my favourite brioche at my local cafe, Seabreeze. This recipe yields a smaller amount of dough, but it fits perfectly into a bundt tin to make a beautiful wreath. The dough is best chilled overnight in the fridge to develop flavour so make it the day before you want to eat them!
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Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, In : bread 

A yeasted flatbread that goes well with any meal, any time of day, really. Cook it in the oven or on a hotplate.

Makes 6

3/4 c lukewarm milk or water (I used coconut milk)

1 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1/4 c yoghurt

25g butter, melted, optional

Extra melted butter for brushing, optional. Add chopped garlic and parsley or coriander too if you like.

Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a cup and leave for 5 minutes until frothy.

In a bowl mix in flour and salt and make a...

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Seeded loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, August 23, 2021, In : bread 

You just wanna eat a lot in lockdown, don't you? Well, us Aucklanders have had a bit of experience - we are in lockdown #5 at the moment and the carb cravings have dutifully returned. In an effort to add nutrition, I've made a wholemeal seeded loaf. Use whatever seeds or nuts you have on hand and sprinkle them on top if you fancy. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame are tasty too.

450g / 3 c flour (I used wholemeal wheat)

1/2 c chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp mixed seeds (I used linseed and kibbled corn)

1 tsp sal...

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Crescent buns

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 20, 2021, In : bread 

The best bread buns I've made in ages. Probably because I used plain white flour. Yeast was a bit past best but still did its magic and produced a lovely soft crumb. It's a fun shape to make and use different toppings. The recipe in The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson (Phaidon, 2018) makes 24 pieces but I made them bigger and produced 12 decent-sized buns.

300ml / 1 1/2 c milk, lukewarm at 37C
25g yeast
500g / 4 c flour (I used plain white)
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
50ml neutral oil

egg wash or m...
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Dinner rolls

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 11, 2020, In : bread 

Here's an easy bread roll recipe mixed in the food processor - no need to knead!

Makes 12

1 c / 250ml water

2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

3 1/2 c / 500g flour (I used spelt)

1 egg

50g butter, softened

1 tbsp salt

1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp milk for egg wash (or use milk)

Place all the ingredients in a food processor fitted with a blade and mix until a dough forms. Use floured hands to transfer the dough into a floured bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove at room temperature for at least 2 hou...

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Spelt rolls

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, August 1, 2020, In : bread 

Who doesn't like the aroma of freshly baked bread in the morning? Just mix the dough in the evening, leave in the fridge overnight and bake the next day.

Makes 16

10g instant dried yeast or fresh yeast

3 c cold water (or lukewarm if you're using active yeast)

3 c white spelt flour

2 1/2 c wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 c spelt flakes, optional

1 tsp salt

In the evening:

Dissolve the yeast and water in a large bowl and wait a few min until frothy. Mix in flours, flakes and salt and knead for up to 10 minute...

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Honey bombs

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, July 31, 2020, In : bread 

These warming honey bombs are a cross between a bun and cake - but you don't have to cream the butter and sugar or use yeast. Very convenient. I've discovered Scandi Bites by Trine Hahnemann (Quadrille, 2019) and will be making a few of her recipes.

Makes 12-16
150g honey
150g/3/4 c soft brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)
150g butter
4 small eggs or 3 large eggs
3 c flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp ground cloves
150g mixed peel (I used mixed fruit)

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease...
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Wholemeal loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 30, 2020, In : bread 

Very happy with this wholemeal loaf - soft, tasty and toasts well the next day. When you bake it in a cake tin it makes a nice round loaf.

2 c wholemeal or wholewheat flour

1 1/3 c plain flour

2 tbsp wheatgerm or bran, optional

1 tbsp granulated sugar

2 1/4 tsp instant dried yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/3 c water warmed to 45C-52C

3 tbsp butter, melted

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre and pour in lukewarm water. Mix with a spoon or fork until dough comes together. Tur...

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Brioche scrolls

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 26, 2020, In : bread 

This recipe is adapted from Magnolia Kitchen (Allen & Unwin, 2019) by Bernadette Gee. She first started a bakery stall at Kumeu and Hobsonville Point farmers market in Auckland around 8 years ago and by 2016 had her own cafe in Silverdale. She swears like a trooper throughout her book - what a hoot.

Makes 8 large brioche

2 eggs

50 caster sugar

1/2 tbsp salt

240ml milk

10g dry yeast

170g butter

560g flour

almond filling:

75g almond meal

75g melted butter

2 tsp cinnamon

150g brown sugar

Mix all ingredients i...

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Lumachine Dolci (sweet snail rolls)

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 19, 2020, In : bread 

"Sweet snails" in Italian, these little buns are rather cute. I added apricots to mine but plain ones are just as nice.

Makes 16

14g dried yeast

75ml milk, warmed

1 egg

2 tbsp vegetable oil

230g flour

1/2 tsp salt

25g caster sugar

1/3 c chopped dried fruit (optional)

25g butter, melted

icing sugar for dusting

Warm the milk in a cup and mix in yeast. Leave to froth up.

Lightly beat egg and oil in a small bowl. Mix flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Pour milk mixture and egg mixture into the dry ingredi...

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Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 17, 2020, In : bread 

I've made crumpets before - here's another recipe. Just chuck all the ingredients in a bowl, wait for an hour, then fry on the griddle. My tip would be to make a double batch and freeze some for later.

Makes 10
Mix together 225g flour of choice, 1 tsp dried yeast, 1/2 tsp baking soda, pinch salt, 150ml warmed milk of choice and 200ml warm water. Cover and leave for 1 hour to froth up. Heat some oil in a fry pan and place your rings inside. Pour 1/3 c of batter in each ring and cook for about 6 ...
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Stromboli (Rolled focaccia stuffed with cheese)

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 10, 2020, In : bread 

What a wonderful carb load of gooeyness this is! I think I skimped a bit on the cheese so I'd definitely put more in next time to ensure it oozes out when cut. It's named after the volcano in Italy. Thank you Gino D'Acampo in Italian Home Baking (Kyle Books, 2011).

350g flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried yeast

1/2 tsp caster sugar

200ml warm water

olive oil

1 tbsp rosemary leaves


2 chopped mozzarella balls or 1 1/2 c grated mozzarella

1 c grated parmesan

3 tbsp chopped basil leaves

1 tsp black pepper


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Cinnamon swirl bread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 9, 2020, In : bread 

It's the world's first Easter Friday in lockdown. I admire all the bakeries who are continuing to safely deliver hot cross buns to eager breadaholics at this time. But if there's no service near you, why not try to bake your own treats? This is my kind of Easter baking. I much prefer apricots to raisins so have used these in my cinnamon swirl loaf. You can replace with any dried fruit you like.

3 c flour

3 tbsp granulated sugar

2 1/4 tsp dried yeast

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 c milk

4 tbsp salted

1 1/2 tsp va...

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Cheese grissini

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, In : bread 

I love a quality savoury crunch, and these spicy cheese grissini are just what my tastebuds ordered. 

Makes about 40

2 1/2 c flour

2 1/4 tsp dried yeast

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more for super spicy)

1 c lukewarm water (between 45-52C)

1/4 c olive oil

1/2 c ground or grated Parmesan

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour in the warm water and oil and mix until a dough forms. Knead dough on a clean surface for about 10 min until elastic and smooth. Oil the bowl and ...

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Soft pretzels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, June 20, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at pretzels and it won't be the last. The family loved them. The only drawback is that they are best eaten the same day so they'll all eaten pretty quickly. The recipe is from Pretzel Making at Home by Andrea Slonecker (Chronicle Books, 2013). There are hard and soft pretzels - these are soft ones but I'll give the hard ones a go another time. This recipe only makes 8 so double up if you have a horde to feed.

Makes 8
1/4 c baked baking soda
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
1/2 c luke...

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Caraway breadsticks

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 2, 2019, In : bread 

It's fun to make your breadsticks and they don't take very long as you don't need to wait for the dough to rise. Instead of caraway you can use poppy or sesame seeds.

Makes 20
2/3 c warm water
1/2 tsp dried yeast
pinch sugar
2 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp caraway seeds

Mix water, yeast and sugar in a cup. Leave for 10 min until bubbles appear.

Mix flour, salt and seeds in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in yeast mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.

Preheat oven to 2...

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Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 25, 2019, In : bread 

I never knew crumpets were so easy! Allow an hour or so for proving and they do take a few minutes to cook, so set a timer and go and do something else while the bubbles rise.

Makes 8-10
2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c non-dairy milk
1/2 c water
1 3/4 c flour (I used a mix of white and wholemeal spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c lukewarm water

9 or 10cm egg/crumpet rings

Heat milk and water in a cup until lukewarm. Add yeast and sugar and mix. Leave for 10 minutes until frothy....

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Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at a 6-braided challah loaf turned out so well! It was soft and sweet and had an excellent crumb. Thanks to TheKitchn for the inspiration.

1 c lukewarm water or non-dairy milk
2 tsp dried yeast
pinch sugar
4 c flour (I used organic wheat and spelt)
1/4 c unrefined golden sugar
2 tsp salt
2 eggs, whisked
1 egg yolk, reserve egg white for wash
1/4 c neutral oil

In a small bowl mix the water, yeast and sugar and leave to froth.

Put flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a we...

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Vegan hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, In : bread 

My first attempt at hot cross buns turned out pretty well!

2 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1/2 c warm water
1 tsp sugar
3/4 c non-dairy milk, lukewarm
1/3 c vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 c unrefined sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp orange zest
3 1/2 - 4 c flour
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c currants 

1 tbsp sugar mix with
1 tbsp boiling water
2 tbsp jam, heated, then sieved to remove any lumps

1/2 c icing sugar
2 1/2 tsp non-dairy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

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Sesame seed bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, In : bread 

Yum yum - wholemeal buns with a hint of sesame. This is a good-looking loaf!

2 tsp dried yeast
1 1/2 c lukewarm water
1 1/2 c white flour
1 1/2 c wholemeal flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 c toasted sesame seeds
non-dairy milk for glazing
2 tbsp sesame seeds for sprinkling

Combine yeast and half the water in a small bowl and leave to become frothy. In a large bowl combine the flours and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and remaining water. Stir with a wooden spoon and once incorporate...
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Sourdough apricot loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : bread 

I do love a tangy apricot loaf. My sourdough starter 'discards' provided the tang in this recipe and the oats add a little more fibre. It's a cross between bread and a cake.
2 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 cut oats (use whole or ground, as you wish)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c rice syrup
1/2 c coconut oil
2 eggs
juice and zest of 1 orange
1 c sourdough starter or discarded starter
1 c chopped apricots
1-2 tbsp flour for coating
oats for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a lo...
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Sourdough bread

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, In : bread 

I was very kindly given a gluten free sourdough starter this week. I fed it for a few days then made this loaf using spelt flour, although it's easy to replace with a mix of brown rice, buckwheat and tapioca flour if you want to be totally gluten free. This recipe is adapted from Homegrown Kitchen.
To keep your starter going, reserve at least 1/4 c starter after taking out 1 c to use. Mix 1/4 c flour and 1/4 c water to your starter every 12 hours. Store in a glass jar with a tight lid. If you...
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Cinnamon buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, December 14, 2017, In : bread 

These buns don't require rising time. An easy vegan recipe if you're that way inclined. Adapted from The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S Nixon (BenBella Books, 2011).

3/4 c non-dairy milk (I used rice)
2 1/2 tsp dried yeast
3 c flour (I used organic spelt)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 c coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c vegetable oil
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp raisin if desired
For drizzling mix together:
3/4 c icing sugar
2 tbsp non-dairy milk

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm round spring-for...
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Plaited loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 17, 2017, In : bread 

The crust came out a little dark, oops, but the inside is nice and fluffly. The last sweet buns I made needed kneading but not this recipe, so I wanted to compare the results.

250ml milk (I used rice)
50g butter or non-dairy spread
2 heaped tsp honey
500g spelt flour
2 tsp sea salt
12g dried yeast
1 egg, beaten

Scald the milk by heating it in a small saucepan with the butter and honey. Allow to cool so it is just warm.
Sift the flour and salt in a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Make a well in t...
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Sweet buns

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, In : bread 

This is from Gino D'Acampo - pizzicotti rolls from his hometown Torre del greco. It's like a brioche bun, fluffy and buttery. This baked in 20 min but I should have checked it before, as it's gone a little brown. I was too engrossed decluttering upstairs...

450g flour
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp caster sugar
10g dried yeast
150g melted butter, plus more for brushing
120ml milk, warm
3 medium eggs, slightly beaten

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Pour in butter and milk and mix together. Cover ...

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Ghost pretzels from scratch

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : bread 

Last year for Halloween I painstakingly chocolate-dipped about 50 tiny pretzel sticks and added chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth. They sure didn't last long at the kindergarten's Halloween party. This year I decided to make my own thick pretzel rods so they'd be much quicker to coat with chocolate. It's quite a process making your own pretzels; like bagels, you poach them before baking, but in a special solution. The result is a flavoursome crunchy stick. It's adapted from Serious Eats.

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Rye oat soda bread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 25, 2017, In : bread 

This is from Jamie Oliver's Superfood cookbook. It rather annoys me how 'superfood' has become an overused word to market brands, books and recipes. Some food is higher in particular nutrients than others; it's just common sense to eat a variety and as whole as possible. I wouldn't call this bread a superfood, it's just a simple bread made from wholesome ingredients. That said, if Jamie can get the masses to eat more seeds, berries, vegetables and whole grains and less meat, that can only be ...
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Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, In : bread 

This is from Alessandra Zecchini's Savour (New Holland, 2006), an easy recipe that uses salamoia, a water/oil mix that makes your olive oil go further.

600ml warm water
3 tsp active yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1 kg flour
pinch salt
rock salt for sprinkling

1 tsp salt
50ml hot water
25ml olive oil

Put a little bit of the warm water with the yeast and sugar in a bowl and wait 5 min until it starts to bubble. Add in flour, salt and rest of water and mix to a dough. Knead for about 10 min until smooth and...
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Life-changing bread

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 31, 2016, In : bread 

This appeared in 2013 on My New Roots and I've finally jumped onto the bandwagon! A dense, filling bread made of just nuts and seeds - genius. All mixed in the tin and you can experiment with different nuts and seeds too.
1 c sunflower seeds
1 1/2 c oats
1 c almonds (or hazelnuts)
1/2 c flaxseed
2 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs psyllium husk powder (or 4 Tbs psyllium husk)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs natural sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup)
3 Tbs melted coconut oil
1 1/2 c water

Line a loaf tin with parchment/baking...
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Hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 24, 2016, In : bread 

No one makes hot cross buns as well as Mama Chan! Sweet, soft and fluffy - a perfect Easter treat.

4 tsp dried yeast (14g)
1/4 c caster sugar
1 c warm milk
4 c flour (Mama Chan uses plain, I use spelt)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
60g butter, softened
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c warm water
3/4 c dried currants
1/4 c mixed peel
beaten egg for glazing

flour paste for crosses:
1/2 c flour
1 Tbs caster sugar
1/4 c water

glaze after baking:
1/4 c lemon juice
2 Tbs sugar
boil for few min
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Pita bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 20, 2016, In : bread 

Who knew pita bread was so easy to make!
Makes 8
3 c flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried yeast
1 Tbs oil
1 1/4 c lukewarm water
Combine all ingreds in a bowl, except water. Stir in water and mix to a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8 mins until smooth and elastic. Place in a clean greased bowl, drizzle with oil and cover with cling film, and leave to rise until doubled in size.
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Mitey scrolls

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : bread 

These are very similar to yoghurt scrolls but they have a standard yeasted dough recipe. This one is by Destitute Gourmet Sophie Gray from Fill the Tins. Her recipe included a sweet version which I didn't try this time.

Makes 24 scrolls

6 c flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp yeast
2 Tbs olive oil
2 1/2 c warm water

Mitey cheese filling
1 Tbs Vegemite (I prefer it to Marmite because it has no sugar)
1 Tbs butter or non-dairy spread
1 1/2 c grated cheese

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1 Tbs c...

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Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, In : bread 

I made bagels! First attempt and they turned out swell. This is Sophie Grey's recipe from Fill the Tins (Random House NZ, 2014).
2 1/2 tsp yeast
4 c spelt flour
2 1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbs salt
1 1/2 c warm water
2 Tbs molasses
1 egg, beaten
toppings (I used poppy seeds, sesame seeds and parmesan)
In a large bowl mix the yeast, flour, sugar and salt. Add the warm water and mix till combined. Turn onto a floured bench and knead for a few mins until soft and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover with cling ...
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Sesame breadsticks

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : bread 

Who doesn't love a good crunchy breadstick? These ones are gluten-free too. I was going to just use spelt but the recipe called for almond flour so I wanted to see how they would turn out if I followed a recipe exactly for a change! It's from The Joy of Gluten-free, Sugar-free Baking by Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace (Ten Speed Press, 2012).
2 c almond flour (ground in a coffee grinder)
1 c sesame seed flour (ditto)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (don't use any more othe...
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Italian flatbread (piadine romagnole)

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 16, 2015, In : bread 

Not baked but fried! Easy flatbreads that go great with falafels and I made a red lentil hummus as well. It's from Italian Home Baking (Kyle Books, 2011) by Gino D'Acampo.

Makes 4

180g flour
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs olive oil
110ml water, warm

Sift flour in a bowl, mix in oregano and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in water and oil. Mix to form a dough.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Put in an oiled bow...

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Rye soda bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, September 11, 2015, In : bread 

This is from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day. I didn't have buttermilk so I used yoghurt. This is a very quick loaf because there's no yeast.
2 1/3 c rye flour
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 c buttermilk, plus more for brushing

Preheat oven to 205C and put oven rack in middle of the oven. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in buttermilk. Mix until it just comes together in a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead ...
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Rye and spelt bread

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, November 29, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances
I've been enjoying watching Paul Hollywood's Bread on TV and following the recipes from the book from the series (Bloomsbury, 2013). He has a good pragmatic way of explaining his recipes and complementing the bread with delicious-looking dishes. He makes the kneading and shaping look easy, but I know I have to work on my technique. This loaf turned out super - soft crumb and chewy crust, with lovely wholesome rye/sourdoughish flavour. Perfect with butter and honey.

For the 'sponge'
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Yoghurt scrolls

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 29, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances
This recipe is from I Quit Sugar Kids by Sarah Wilson. She uses mainly rice malt syrup and other natural sweeteners instead of sugar. I like the savoury version best - vegemite and cheese.
Dough Base
* 1 cup yoghurt (thicker the better)
* About 2 cups self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
* Additional topping ingredients (see below)

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Mix dough ingredients in a bowl until they start to come together into a ball. Turn out...
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Cashew coconut cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances
I'm trying to perfect my raw cookie recipe, making it as simple as possible so you can easily use alternatives if you have other ingredients on hand. These went down a treat with our toddler so I'll be making more.

1 c raw cashews
1 c buckinis (buckwheat groats sprouted then dehydrated - they give a nice crunch)
1 c sunflower seeds, soaked for a few hours
1/2 c or more dessicated coconut
1/2 c natural sweetener - use more or less to taste (I used mix of date paste, rice syrup and honey) ...
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Crusty no-knead bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances
I've made no-knead bread before, but this one has a real good crust by baking it in a casserole dish in the oven to form steam. It's from

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours. Overnight works great...

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Apricot brioche breakfast plait

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 12, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances
My first attempt at brioche turned out very well! Thanks to the straightforward recipe by Dean Brettschneider in Global Baker (Random House, 2007). So nice when fresh and still good toasted.

250g bread flour (1 3/4 c)
5g salt (1 tsp)
25g sugar (2 Tbs)
5g active dried yeast
4 small eggs, lightly beaten
125g butter, softened
100g dried apricots, diced
additional flour for dusting
1 egg, for egg wash
2 Tbs water for egg wash
50g flaked almonds

Place flour, salt, sugar and yeast into large bowl, ad...
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Sourdough bread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 27, 2014, In : bread 

By Frances

This is my first sourdough loaf from a starter. Not too bad, didn’t rise very much, but definitely more flavourful than commercial sourdough loaves. The second loaf was a little better. This recipe is from Michael Pollan’s Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (Penguin Press, 2013), which is a brilliant read. So much info to digest, so to speak. Michael adapted this recipe from Chad Robertson’s country loaf in Tartine Bread, which I found here on Mart...

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Frances makes Easter cherry and chocolate hot cross buns

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : bread 

Confession: my very first batch of hot cross buns was a disaster - I used nearly 100% gluten flour by mistake! They looked great, iced and glazed, but they were balls of elastic - totally inedible. I didn't bother reading the back of the gluten flour packet, which said to use only 2 Tbsp of the flour in a recipe. But I managed to salvage the cherries and choc bits to use on the next batch, which was a raging success.

Recipe from April's Mindfood

750g plain flour
1/3 c caster sugar (I just used s...
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Rosie's tomato bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : bread 

Rosie says she adapted this from many recipes.

3 1/2c flour
1 small tbsp sugar

2 1/2 large tbsp tomato paste

1c warm water

1 sachet yeast

handful or more sun-dried tomatoes

handful of sunflower seeds to sprinkle on top

Combine all ingredients except sunflower seeds, mix thoroughly, leave to rise in hot water cupboard for at least one hour - I left mine for two.
Preheat oven to 200c.
Knead dough well on a floured surface. Shape into a loaf, sprinkle with seeds.

Bake for 20 minutes...

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Renga coconut bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : bread 

This Cook Island loaf is really nice fresh with sweet or savoury toppings. Honey is my favourite. It also toasts well the day after.

1 c wholemeal flour
1 c white flour
100g desiccated coconut mixed
1 c hot water
2 tsp yeast
½ tsp sugar
½ c warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp tumeric

3 Tbs olive oil

Mix coconut and hot water. Blend yeast, sugar and warm water. When bubbly add other dry ingreds and oil and mix to a smooth and pliant dough, not sticky.

Cover and  rise until dou...

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Frances makes Alessandra’s balsamic onion bread

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : bread 

This made a yummy half-time snack during the All Blacks’ whipping of the Wallabies in the RWC semifinal (20-6)!

It comes from Alessandra Zecchini’s book Savour.

250 ml warm water
2 1/2 tsp active yeast granules
1/4 tsp sugar
500 g high-grade flour
pinch salt

1 med red onion
20 g butter
pinch salt
1 tsp Aceto Balsamic di Modena (aged 12 yrs, if you have it)
1 tsp sugar (to add if you are not using real balsamico)

Put warm water, yeast and sugar in large bowl, and set as...

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Steve and Emily's stuffed bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : bread 

Steve and Emily made this for Ginny's indoor birthday picnic - deeelishis!
Emily says: The dough is a really simple bread I make all the time for pizza and flat bread and stuffed bread. It has quite a lot of yeast and sugar so it rises fast which is good because we always seem to be in a hurry.

Bread dough
4 cups high grade or strong flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm water 
1 tbsp active yeast
1 tbsp sugar

Dissolve sugar and yeast in water and leave until frothy. Mix into flour and add more...

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No-knead bread by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : bread 

Super easy bread!

1 Tb dry yeast
1 c warm water
1 tsp salt
2 Tb vegetable oil
3 c whole wheat flour (I often use spelt, you can use gluten-free flour)

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add salt and oil. Beat in flour, 1 c at a time. Use your fingers to ensure that the ingredients have been thoroughly mixed. Bang down the dough on a counter surafce, Shape into a small round bread and place in a round pan or loaf tin sprinkled with cornmeal. Allow to rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 190 ...
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Frances’s spelt loaf with caramelised onions and apricot & walnut bread

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : bread 

Spelt is one of my favourite grains to make bread with and I often use Alessandra Zecchini’s recipe from her book, Savour.

400 ml warm water
2 ½ tsp active yeast granules
¼ tsp sugar
250g spelt flour
250g white flour
pinch salt

Place warm water in bowl, add yeast and sugar and set aside for 5 mins until the yeast starts to bubble. Add flour and salt and mix with your hand then turn out onto a floured board and knead for 7-8 mins. Roll into ball, but back in the bowl,...

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Mama Chan's apricot and chocolate bread

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : bread 

Stewed apricots are a winner in freshly baked bread!
Apricot filling:
Stew 1 cup dried apricots wiht 1/2 c water and 1/4 sugar until mushy and soft. Cool.
Chocolate filling:
Melt 300 g chocolate with some icing sugar, 1/2 c ground almonds, vanilla essence, dessicated coconut if you like. The mixture should have a peanut butter consistency so it's easily spreadable.
For 2 loaves:
1 c milk
3/4 - 1 c water
125g butter
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3-4 level tsp yeast
2 eggs
6 1/2 c flour
Make the dough and knead u...
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Frances doubles the fun - cinnamon rolls and parmesan buns

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, December 13, 2010, In : bread 

Aaaah…freelancing. In my world, it means more time to bake! I hadn’t made bread with gluten for a while so I thought I’d use up some spelt that I have at the back of the pantry. And if you’re going to make one batch you might as well double it and do two – one sweet and one savoury.

2 c warm water
4 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp butter or vegetable spread
2 tsp salt
6 c flour (I used 2 plain white and 4 wholemeal spelt)

savoury filling:
2 Tbs butter,...

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Frances’s gluten-free focaccia

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, December 3, 2010, In : bread 

I was inspired by Birg (see previous post) and Alessandra (from her own blog) to make a gluten-free olive focaccia. This was the first time I had used GF flour to make bread – my favourite recipe is usually spelt bread. I decided to use Healtheries GF bread mix and the result looks good but is quite firm throughout. After I baked it I realised the yeast I used was best before 2008! We’ve been enjoying it as toasted slices with pesto.

450 ml warm water
3 tsp yeast

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Focaccia by Birg

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : bread 

Another treat Birg brought into the office to share.

2 tsp dry yeast (specifically for handmade breads, not bread machines)
1 tsp sugar 
and dissolve in 1/3 cup of lukewarm water for 15 minutes til frothy

mix in 2 cups of white bread flour, i also use 2 tblsp of a gluten mix from healtheries (not sure what its called)
and 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup cold water to get a doughy consistency (just add a little of each as you go, you may need more).

then knead for 5 minutes til soft and smooth and put ba...

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Ginny's olive bread

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : bread 

Ginny writes: "This is from 'My Bread' - by Jim Lahey, founder of Sullivan St Bakery in Manhattan, which makes the most incredible olive bread. Bakery is a bit of a mission, but worth a trip if you're in NYC. Go hungry.
He claims a revolutionary method. There's no kneading, and it rises for about 18 hours. It's very simple, but there are lots of steps.
Here's one I made. This loaf was nice and moist, not quite as delightful as his."

3 cups (4...

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Coconut Twists by Mama Chan

Posted by Frances Chan on Sunday, August 8, 2010, In : bread 

These are so soft. This is Mama Chan's version of what you can buy in the Chinese cake shops (but better).

1 c milk
3/4 - 1 c water
125g butter
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3-4 level tsp yeast
2 eggs
6 1/2 c flour

coconut filling:
2 c coconut
1/2 c sugar
90g butter
2 tsp vanilla essence

Make the dough and knead until smooth. Add more flour if it's too sticky. Put in a bowl and cover and leave to rise until it is doubled in size.
Punch down and shape into large square. Put coconut mixture on half of the squa...
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EST. 2010

Frances C loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and DJ. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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