September is the month of the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This Six-Strand Braided Challah, using our five minute dough, is a beautiful and festive way to celebrate. Traditionally for Rosh Hashanah we bake the bread in the shape of a ring studded with raisins, but if you serve any of our delicious challahs you will do the holidays justice.
Braiding six strands takes a bit of technique, but once you have the rhythm the braid goes together quickly and easily. Keep in mind that you are only working with one strand at a time, so there is no juggling to do. You want to be sure to keep your hands and work surface well floured so the strands don’t become sticky as you work.
Couldn’t resist showing you this–I was doing a loaf bread on the outdoor covered gas grill, right on the grates (indirect heat), flipping at midpoint, for about 30 minutes total baking with both burners on low. I figured that since it was being done on “low,” maybe I could skip the slashing.
Wrong! Continue reading
It’s not really braided. Here’s another, with savory fillings from an earlier post; same idea but with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts.
The trick is not difficult, check out the video of how it’s done (recipe is below)…
(photo by Mark Luinenburg) If you’ve read any of our books, you know that this particularly photogenic fruit (or is it a vegetable?) seems to have captured our imagination. After a year of perfecting the basic tomato/basil/mozzarella topping, I did (believe it or not) get tired of Pizza Margherita. Enter the smoky and savory roasted red pepper. Continue reading
You know it’s fall in the Midwest when your kids are back in school, the thermometer says 45 degrees, and the morning is back to the old scramble. My wife and I planned to tag-team as usual but it turns out that our kids are old enough now—so independent that they really don’t need much help in the morning.
So it was a relief, though a bit bittersweet, to find myself with some time to relax with a cup of coffee this morning, and think about this post. I did my fall baking class at Chef’s Gallery (in historic Stillwater Minn.) at the end of August and baked up Wild Rice Pilaf Bread from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day—and it was a hit (I’ll be back in Stillwater this winter; check our Events page). I was putting the loaf together this morning, and realized we’d used up our mushrooms, but had plenty of pecans. It works! The sauteed vegetables infuse the loaf with flavor and moisture—and the nuts add crunch and richness (not to mention great nutrition). Read on for the recipe and tips—you can do this variation by using the roll-in technique, which allows you to start with pretty much any of our doughs that you’ve already refrigerated and add in the wild rice, onion, and mushrooms (or nuts) just before you shape the loaf. Continue reading
The pastry above is layered with chocolate pastry cream, flan, and on top, a very whimsical patisserie (pastry shop) in the Marais district in Paris has placed jelly beans, candy blackberries, and a little pile of minced pistachio. For some reason, I seem to find the need to put a baguette in every picture.
My family and I’ve been home from France for a month but I’m still not exactly “home.”
More photos if you click below; plus new tips on getting a perfect Dutch oven bread on the outdoor gas grill (we’re going to keep refining this). I’d planned on trying to re-create this pastry—-baking up brioche, slicing it thinly, and layering it with pastry cream (recipe for the cream in our 1st book on page 225, the brioche on page 189, book available on Amazon). But as I said, I always seem to end up with bread… Continue reading
We’re in the Wall Street Journal today (click for the article), but not exactly how you’d expect. Someone got our first book, started making the bread, and found they could sell lots of it in the local street market! We’re mentioned in the second half of the article.
People have asked how we feel about that (answer, GREAT!). Just another way to spread the word…