Artisan Bread

Several days ago we made artisan bread. Despite its fancy name, it’s actually really simple to make. 

 

I don’t have any pictures for this one, so I guess you can just imagine that yourself.

 

First, we started by mixing together the dry ingredients, this would include the 6 1/2 cups of All-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tbsp of Active Dry Yeast, and 1 1/2 Salt. Now that I look at the recipe, you weren’t supposed to do this but… 

Moving on!!

After this, we threw in the water. We mixed this by hand, then gave up and stole a bread hook from another group. After wrestling the mixer to contain an incorrectly sized bread hook, our dough was fully mixed. The dough was then officially dubbed Larry! 

After the floury mess Larry made, we gave him a time out in the cupboard overnight. This was both to let the dough rise, and to let Larry think about what he had done. I wouldn’t recommend doing this, I’ll come back to this later.

The next day we took Larry out to bake. We divided the dough into three sections, leaving us with Larry, Barry, and Farry. We folded parts of the dough inward. Then we place it upside down on parchment paper. We then used a knife to create an opening on top of our bread. We did this by cutting a cross shape.

We were supposed to preheat the oven to 450 earlier, but we did it right now. This resulted in 10 minutes of sitting around waiting for our oven to heat up.

We then out our bread in the oven for 45 minutes, the recipe says to put it in for 30 minutes, but groups ended up with underbaked bread so we put it in for an extra 15 minutes. 

After the long wait was over, it was complete! We took out our bread, basking in its glory. It was awesome! The hard crust gave way to a soft interior. However, there was one unexpected occurrence. Since we left the dough overnight, something interesting happened. Number one, out bread, rose like crazy, creating massive air bubbles, but two, our yeast had fermented! Our bread was literally alcoholic! As a parent, realizing that Larry was getting into Alcohol was slightly worrying.

Our group then continued to turn the bread, into grilled cheese sandwiches! However, instead of doing this, I took my loaf home and made garlic bread! We did this by melting two spoonfuls of margarine with some shredded garlic inside. We then warmed this up in the microwave to get this nice garlicky paste. After this, we cut the bread into slices, however, during this process, I cut my pointer finger with the bread knife. After a few sentences of colorful language, I bandaged my finger, cleaned the knife and got back to work. We brushed the bread with the garlic paste. Leaving each slice with a layer of margarine. Now, we then pan-fried all of the slices, leaving, some of them charred, but some of the golden brown. Then they were complete! Served with Spaghetti and meatballs, we ate the garlic bread, lamenting my cut finger, but enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Food safety tips

In the Health Canada website, there is a helpful guide to help Canadians eat or prepare food safely.  The website branches out to different sections, offering tips for being safe at a grocery store, in a dining room, in the kitchen, or in the refrigerator.

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When you go to the grocery store, the website states that you should buy your frozen food last, this is so your food doesn’t thaw while your doing the rest of your shopping. If you have frozen meat, the website states that you shouldn’t re-freeze thawed meat. The website also states, it’s best to thaw out frozen meats in the fridge. Now, if a plate has come into contact with raw meat, it should not come into contact with cooked safe food. The website contains much more useful information stored in a nifty interactive page.

If you’d like to visit the website for yourself, here’s the link!

Vanilla Butter cake prep

To be frank, we didn’t do any preparation of any sort when we began the recipe. However, one of our assignments insists on us running through the preparations that we may have conducted before baking the cake, so that’s why I’m here today.

Funny enough, we didn’t have all the correct tools for making our cake. We didn’t have the right doo-hickey to put on the icing, and we didn’t have the thingy-ma bobber to whip the icing. But nonetheless, we came out the other end with a cake that made its way into the carnival cakewalk!

Now, we used the method that the recipe told us to. Nothing special just followed the instructions.

 

If you’d like to see the post where we actually made the cake.

Vanilla Butter Cake

A couple days ago, we made a Vanilla Butter Cake. (Link to original recipe)

 

We forgot to take pictures for the cake making process, sorry.

 

The first step we took was to preheat the oven to 350°F. After this, we combined the egg yolks (6 of them) and half a cup of sour cream. And put it aside for later.

Then we threw in 1 1/4 cups of sugar in a mixing bowl. After this, we mixed separately the flour (2 cups), leavening (3/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda) and salt (3/4 teaspoon) in a bowl. We then put the flour mixture into the mixing bowl to distribute the leavening around the bowl. We then added the butter, well in out case margarine (2 sticks + 2 tablespoons) into the mixing bowl. This mixed until it looked like a paste. Now if it doesn’t look right away like a paste, don’t worry! Just let the mixer do its work.

After this add 1/2 a cup of sour cream to the mixture. We then let this mix until the mixture lightened in texture. We then added the yolk mixture from earlier half at a time, making sure it was mixed thoroughly. We did this by adding one half, then scraping the sides in.

In a separate bowl with the hand mixer, we wiped 3 egg whites until we had soft peaks. Actually, that was a lie, we hardly wiped it before we went to the next step, which is to add the sugar (1/4 cup). We then did the rest of the mixing by folding it with the spatula, so we wouldn’t whip all the air out of it. Why is this important? No clue.

we then split the batter into two separate cake tins and baked it for 25-30 minutes.

They then came out great! You can’t see them but take my word for it, they were looking pretty good!

 

The cooking day we made the icing! Now we learned our lesson and started taking pictures again.

 

First, we got the recipes ready, this included 2 sticks of becel margarine, 4 cups of icing sugar, 1/4 cup of 2% of milk, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

We then threw it all into the mixer. We occasionally used a spatula to scrape the sides for optimal mixing.

We then took this pix and applied it to our cake. Although we didn’t have the tool to apply the icing, we continued using a spatula. We went about this by putting a dollop on the top of the cake then spread it out using the spatula, creating a nice layer of icing. We continued this along the two layers and on the sides.

 

After this out cake was finished, and some lucky guy or girl won themselves a decent cake. We forgot the picture of the final cake, we were kinda in a rush to get it done. But I can tell you it looked pretty good.

How to Make White Chocolate Cookies

About a day ago, we went into the kitchen and made white chocolate chip cookies. (link to the recipe)

The first step we took was to preheat the oven to 350°F

After this, we creamed the margarine (1 cup) and sugar (2 cups) with a mixer. We did this until there weren’t any obvious clumps of margarine. After this, we mixed in 2 eggs and 2 tsp of Vanilla extract.

After we put together the dry ingredients. This includes 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of cocoa, then 1 tsp of baking soda. The recipe did call for salt, but we cut this out due to salt being already present in a lot of our ingredients already.

After we had the ingredients mixed, we rolled the dough into balls by hand then laid them on the tray. This part was rather messy, the OCD part of me wanted to wash my hands.

We then through them into the oven, leaving them for about 9-10 minutes.

After they were finished they came out great!

How to Make Sugar Cookies

A few days prior we made Sugar Cookies! (Link to the original recipe)

The first step we should’ve taken was to preheat the oven to 400°F.  We didn’t do this until the end, so that caused us to waste a long time waiting for the ovens to heat up.

The second step would be to cream together the butter (1 1/2 Cups) and the sugar (2 cups) with a hand mixer. We did this until the sugar and margarine went together, creating this amalgam of fat and sugar. After this, we put in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract.

Then we mixed dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, this included 5-cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt. We then stirred in the dry ingredients, this then transformed into this wonderful dough.

We ended up naming this wad of dough Jerald. Jerald is a beautiful child.

 

 

We then lovingly put Jerald in the fridge to chill, he did this overnight. After he was done chilling, we woke him up from his nap and took him out. We then said our goodbyes to our child.

Jerald’s ascension to Cookie-hood began with us rolling out parts of the dough. We used cutting boards to get the right thickness of the cookie. After we got the right thickness, we used a cup to get the perfect circle cookie. We also had an array of other cookie cutters we used to get different shapes.

We then put these cookies on the cookie tray and threw them into the oven for around 9 minutes. We watched as Jerald grew from a little dough baby to a fully grown cookie! It was bitter-sweet watching our Jerald growing up.

After he was done, we took him out of the oven and let him sit and cool. We then covered the cookies in icing creating really nice cookies!

Although we might have created the antichrist cookie, but I think it was worth it!