Brioche

RECIPE: I’ve never eaten brioche before and had no idea how to eat it, but as it was a traditional french bread it was on my list to try. I followed the recipe but halved it, as I was only feeding two of us, and used dariole moulds instead of brioche moulds because that’s what…

Sweet pretzel

RECIPE: Okay so these may look more like buns than pretzels, but that’s because when I was twisting I didn’t allow for additional rise. I followed the recipe provided with slightly less glacé orange than listed. PREPARATION: I’m not sure what’s expected at the stage where you cover the dough with the remaining flour. My…

Crumpets

RECIPE: Crumpets were on my list of things to try. We eat bought crumpets a lot, so I was entertained by the idea of baking my own. I used Jamie Oliver’s online recipe, but with 8cm crumpet rings. I didn’t make the butter! PREPARATION: Going on previous recipes I had prepared using dried yeast, I…

White bread

RECIPE: Bread hates me. Actually, it’s yeast that gets my nose out of joint, but it’s most noticeable when I’m making bread. I’ve tried a few times and while it’s acceptable, it’s always a bit dense. When a friend with minimal bread-baking experience had some sucess with the recipe on the bread flour packet, I…

Pikelets

RECIPE: When I was little, my sister, brother and I would get up on a Sunday morning and make pikelets and a pot of tea for mum and dad to have in bed. This recipe caught my attention because it had yeast in it. My old recipe used self-raising flour as the rising agent. COMPONENTS:…

Pizza

RECIPE: When you ask the husband what he’d like for dinner, there’s really not a lot of options put forward, but this time I was happy to go ahead with one of his favourites. I’ve tried a few pizza recipes in the past, including using my bread maker. The traditional recipes have been flat and…

Chelsea Buns

RECIPE: The recipe is a photocopy I’ve had for ages and I don’t remember the book it came from. I didn’t alter it, apart from substituting some chopped sultanas because I didn’t have enough currants. I found a similar recipe online (see below) – the main difference being my recipe had two eggs in the dough….

Hot Cross Buns

RECIPE: One of the best things about Easter is Hot Cross Buns. While some are strict about only eating them on Easter week, I have to admit to indulging in them from when they first appear on the shelves, although I do refuse to eat them in January, so soon after Christmas. The only changes…

Panini

RECIPE: I like the recipes in the Bourke Street Bakery book because they provide a lot of detailed instructions. There’s three steps to making panini: preparing the ‘ferment’, making the olive oil dough, and then shaping the panini themselves. COMPONENTS: I made the ferment the night before. Now that I’ve made the full recipe, I’ve…

Bagels

RECIPE: I decided to try homemade bagels after buying a disappointing packet of bagels from the supermarket over the weekend. When we travelled in Alaska a while back, we fell in love with fresh bagels, but they’re not common in Australia. Yes, I stuffed up and somehow ended up with flat bagels even though the…